The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0700. Monday, 23 June 1997.
From: Bill Gelber <
Date: Sunday, 22 Jun 1997 23:06:28 -0700
Subject: Ben Iden Payne inquiry
I am writing to request any information that any of the members of this
group may have on the life and work of Ben Iden Payne. I am currently
writing my dissertation on Payne and "Modified Elizabethan Staging" but
I also would enjoy hearing from anyone who worked with him or saw any of
his productions. (He was a contemporary of Shaw's. He worked at the
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in the late thirties and early forties. He
staged productions both at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and in New
York. He also taught at the University of Texas at Austin until the
mid-1970's. He was the model for the old actor manager in the musical
Thank you for your attention in this matter.