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NOW IN IT'S 16th INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED YEAR!
The solo performance play about HAROLD CLURMAN
The most influential figure in the history of the American Theatre
Director / Drama Critic / Co-founder of The Group Theatre

   

Letter from President Jimmy Carter

For other pages about Harold Clurman visit the following links:
| Harold Clurman Biography | Chronology | Harold Clurman's reflections | Plays Directed | What Harold Clurman Means to Us Today | Letter from President Jimmy Carter |

President Jimmy Carter

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

September 18, 1980

To family and friends of Harold Clurman,

Because the theatre must unite so many talents, of all the arts it demands a special spark to give it life.

The French theatre, where Harold Clurman studied as a young man, has a famous phrase for someone who does absolutely everything in the theatre so well he seems to embody its very soul. They call him a 'Man of the Theatre.'

But the American theatre has an even more special phrase for such a universal theatrical spirit. We call him Harold Clurman.

When the State Department sent him to direct in Japan, I understand his actors called him 'Uncle Fireball.'

He opened up the American stage to wonderful feelings, and he helped millions of Americans to share them. He brought us a world of new knowledge -- from the Group Theatre to Broadway; from the Comedie Francaise to Stanislavsky; from the Yiddish theatre of the lower east side to Carson McCullers of Columbus, Georgia.

I am pleased to join you in honoring the actor, director, critic, teacher, and living spirit of the American theatre -- Harold Clurman.


Jimmy Carter

 

For other pages about Harold Clurman visit the following links:
| Harold Clurman Biography | Chronology | Harold Clurman's reflections | Plays Directed | What Harold Clurman Means to Us Today | Letter from President Jimmy Carter |

 

 

 

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