VINTAGE PLAYBILL: Golden Boy, Starring Luther Adler, 1938
03 Dec 2012
Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Golden Boy opens Dec. 6 at the Belasco, 75 years after the original premiered on Broadway at the same theatre. To commemorate the anniversary, the Playbill Vault looks back at the 1937 production.
Playwright Clifford Odets rose to prominence as part of the Group Theatre, a collaborative creative effort that included future luminaries Stella Adler, Elia Kazan, Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg. With the Group Theatre, Odets premiered his plays Awake and Sing!, Waiting for Lefty, and finally Golden Boy, which would prove to be the company's biggest hit.
This vintage Playbill from February 1938 features original cast members Luther Adler as the title boxer, Frances Farmer as Lorna Moon and Lee J. Cobb as the neighbor Mr. Carp. At this point in the run, Sanford Meisner replaced Elia Kazan as the flamboyant gangster Eddie Fuseli.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.