Gift Shop of the Woodstock Playhouse
Hirschfeld Limited Edition, 1941 Playhouse Cast Print
Woodstock Playhouse Cast of 'Rain'
featuring Sally Rand & Playhouse Founder, Robert Elwyn
Robert Elwyn, a fifth generation member of a founding Woodstock Family, changed the course of Woodstock and American Theatre history by establishing the Woodstock Playhouse in 1938. He and his playhouse quickly earned great respect from the regional and Broadway community as is evidenced by the words of those who worked for him, i.e. Jane Raymond Ciarcia who went on to work for Rogers & Hammerstein and Hal Prince) stated "The Elwyns were the nicest of families to work for, and the talent and shows were oh so wonderful...a cavalcade of stars of film and Broadway with rising talent soon to be know around the world;" and further evidenced and sealed by Al Hirschfeld's drawing of him and his cast. It is well known that it is said "you know that you had arrived on Broadway / in the Broadway community when Al Hirschfeld created a drawing of you."
In 1941, Hirschfeld visited the three year old Woodstock Playhouse to create a memorable work. In the center is Sally Rand, famous for her nearly nude fan and bubble dances, rehearsing Somerset Maugham’s Rain, his South Seas drama about prostitute Sadie Thompson, and the missionary who tries to reform her. Her director is Playhouse founder Robert Elwyn, and her cast included many of the types of actors who made the Playhouse productions so memorable. There’s Ivan Triesulat, a German actor who made his Broadway debut in John Gielgud’s Hamlet in 1936 and would later go to Hollywood as a character actor who appeared in many films and on television; Don McHenry, a Broadway veteran who was a member of the original companies of Destry Rides Again and Fanny; Houston Richards, who was a regular in the original Cole Porter productions of Anything Goes, Red Hot and Blue, and Let’s Face It; and Duane McKinney who only made one Broadway appearance, but would later leave his mark as an art director for live theater on TV.
Al Hirschfeld understood that great theater doesn’t only happen on Broadway. The Al Hirschfeld Foundation is happy to partner with the Woodstock Playhouse to celebrate the Playhouse’s contribution to the American Theater. We feel that the historic legacy of the Playhouse is remarkable, and the performances seen on its stage today history in the making. Our mission is to promote interest in the theater and dramatic arts by supporting institutions like the Woodstock Playhouse, and we hope you will too. For more information about purchasing this print, speak to our concessions or company manager. A significant portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Woodstock Playhouse.
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This One-Time-in-History Opportunity is made possible through the generosity of Mss. Donna & Diana Zucca and the support of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.
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Own your own Hirschfeld drawing of the Playhouse rehearsal providing a backstage look of not only the production, but of American Theatre History in the making at the Woodstock Playhouse. Now with a limited edition print authorized by the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, you can own your own piece of this history. In a strictly limited edition of only 100 impressions, each print is numbered, stamped with the authorized Al Hirschfeld Foundation seal, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Foundation.