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|Named Person:||Philip Van Doren Stern; Elmer Harris; Joseph M Gaites; John Wilkes Booth; Abraham Lincoln|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
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Philip Van Doren Stern; Elmer Harris; Joseph M Gaites
Also taking part in the correspondence was producer Joseph M. Gaites (1873-1940), who initiated the theatrical project and selected Harris as adaptor, and who occasionally wrote to Stern with updates on the production, and on the Hollywood producers said to be interested in motion picture rights to the play. The Stern-Harris letters discuss Booth and the historical facts concerning Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the portrayal of Booth in Stern's book and in the play, and matters concerning the production such as scenery and possible casting choices. Harris' outline which details the play scene by scene is included with an early letter. The play eventually premiered at the Longacre Theatre on January 17, 1940, but closed three days later after only five performances. No film version was made.