THE SAINTLINESS OF MARGERY KEMPE
The cost of Off-Broadway productions in 1959 was much lower than now. With a small inheritance, and money I had saved during my time in the Marine Corps, I had enough to do the show. I also hoped we might get a few outside investors. I enlisted Sam Cohn and Ed Hastings to assist me in the endeavor. Sam Cohn was then working in the legal department of William Morris. He later had a legendary career as an agent. I had met him through another agent, Ed Parone. Ed Hastings I had known during the one year I had spent at Yale Drama School. He went on to become the head of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Ed Thommen, who had directed the show in Cambridge, did not want to do it in New York. So the search for a director began. At first, William Ball agreed to direct the play. But then fate intervened.
“What about me?” said James Price. MORE...