New York: 1955. First edition. Ring_bound. Black leather three-ring binder with gilt lettering on the front cover. Protected in plastic sleeves and housed in a binder, this is a collection of 13 original b/w performance photographs from the original theatrical run of the acclaimed stage adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank", taken by pioneering theatrical photographer Fred Fehl.
Adapted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, and produced by Kermit Bloomgarden, the production, in its original run, starred Susan Strasberg as Anne Frank and Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank. It premiered at The Cort Theatre in New York on October 5, 1955, and after transferring to the Ambassador Theatre in February 1957, closed there on June 22, after a total of 717 performances. Among the many accolades and awards the play received, were the Tony Award for best Best Play, with Strasberg also being nominated for Best Actress, as well as Hackett and Goodrich winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set design was done by acclaimed artist and desgner Boris Aronson*.
The photos each measure 8x10" and feature various actors and scenes from the play. The back of each photographs contains the production's ink stamp with the name of the show, mentioning Bloomgarden, Schildkraut and Strasberg, as well as other actors Gusti Huber, Dennie Moore, Jack Gilford and Clinton Sundberg. Addition writing and markings in pencil markings indicate the actors shown in each photograph, and an identifying catalog or reference number of some kind.
Each photograph is three-hole punched inside the left margin, with images mostly unaffected except for one. This indicates the they were likely originally housed in a three three-ring production or advertiser's binder without protection. Binder in fine condition, photographs all in near fine condition except for the hole punches. This photos are quite scarce. near fine to fine. Item #44731
*Fred Fehl (1906 – 1995) was an Austrian-American photographer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he took photographs of more than 1,000 plays, as well as other dance, opera, and music performances, and is considered the first American photographer to make a career specifically in performance photography. He was the permanent photographer of the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Opera, and the New York City Ballet.
*Reference: Rich, Frank. "The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson" p.121-128.