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Bureau Of New Plays' Awards
By JAMES DOLL
THE LACK OF OPPORTUNITIES for young
people to get into the theatre has begun to
cause concern to some executives in the theatre.
To correct this situation so far as playwriting
is concerned, the Bureau of New Plays was
formed last year, under the directorship of Ther-
esa Helburn, who has for a number of years
been a member of the board of directors of
the Theatre Guild.
A contest with six prizes of $500 each and a
number of fellowships and scholarships was an-
nounced. Contestants were limited to students
of American colleges and universities or students
who had graduated or left school within three
years. In order to make the contest still more
selective, manuscripts had to be approved by
the heads of departments of drama or English
at the various schools.
Awards were announced on February 1 on a
coast-to-coast broadcast. Two of the six winners
are from the University of Michigan: Arthur A.
Miller, who received a scholarship of $1,250 and
Robert Wetzel, who was given a cash award of
$500. Theodore Kaghan, known here as Theo-
dore Cohen, was given honorable mention. No
other university was represented by more than
a single winner and an honorable mention.
Under the terms of the scholarship, winners
must spend a year at a university to study
playwriting. The two other scholarship winners,
besides Miller, who is already on the campus,
selected Michigan. They are Norman Rosten
of Brooklyn College and Bernard Dryer of Wes-
leyan University, Middletown, Conn.
They will undertake to write two plays within
18 months. Five hundred dollars of their award
constitutes payment for a 60-day option. If the
play is produced by the Bureau or through its
agency, half of the remaining sum is paid by'
the producer out of the royalties to the Bu-
reau's fund for future scholarships. The other
half is similarly paid if a second play is produced.
The Bureau holds a 30-day option on the next
play written after the scholarship expires.
There was some misunderstanding about this
and a feeling that the Bureau was organized in
opposition to the Dramatists' Guild of the Au-
thors' League of America. That there is any
opposition to the acceptance of the awards by
the Dramatists' Guild was denied by Sidney
Howard, its spokesman, in an interview with
Because of these misunderstandings a new ad-
visory Council of Educators was formed by the
Bureau. Also, the terms of the fellowship and
scholarship awards were somewhat modified.
Now if a play written during the tenure of the
scholarship is produced, the second instead of
the first week's royalties is to be returned to the
Bureau. Second, only if one of these plays is
produced would the Bureau hold an option on
the first play written after the scholarship period
and even this would be subject to the control of
the Advisory Council. The sponsors of the Bu-
reau liked .these suggestions so well that they
made them retroactive. While this matter was
under discussion, Wetzel and Miss Janet Mar-
shall, a fellow winner, returned their awards
although the terms were known to them before
acceptance. They felt they should be free to
sign the existing Dramatists' Guild contract if
production could be obtained for any of their
plays. According to Thursday's New York Times
the Bureau has not re-offered the prizes to them.
By TUURE TENANDER
RAFAEL SABATINI'S "Captain Blood" will be
presented at 9 p.m. tomorrow on the Lux
Radio Theatre over CBS. The cast will include
Olivia DeHavilland and Errol Flynn, the pair
that made such a hit in the screen version of this
A program that promises to be one of the
most interesting features on the air in a long
time is to make its initial appearance tomor-
row. "Let Freedom Ring" is the name of the
new series, sponsored by the United States Office
of Education of the Department of the Interior,
and its aim is to present dramatic portrayals
of the human race's fight to obtain civil liberties.
At 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, the premiere will pre-
sent a picturization of how the people of the
United States won the Bill of Rights. Parts of
authentic speeches made at various conventions
by Washington, Franklin, John Adams, Patrick
Henry and Thomas Jefferson will be reenacted
by members of the "Let Freedom Ring" staff.
* *1 * *
Those of you who have gone into a flower
shop to pick out some choice corsage for the
belle of the evening and have ended up every
time by sending orchids, nota bene. At 6:30
p.m. Wednesday the- Factfinder will tell you all
about the various members of the orchid family.
He will spare nothing, but will reveal the most
intimate facts about this flower. Over WXYZ
and the Michigan Radio Network.
* * * *
Bryan Field, generally conceded to be the
finest racing announcer in the business, willj
WEEK IN REVIEW
On The Labor Front
ANTICIPATING TROUBLE, bituminous coal
operators and miners met Wednesday in
New York to attempt negotiation of a new agree-
ment to replace the present one which will ex-
pire March 31.
The miners' demands were aimed at obtain-
ing a degree of security which would be unique
for labor. They asked a basic wage of $6 a day
and a guarantee of 200 days' work a year, pro-
posals which would bring a $1,200 yearly min-
To this, and other demands for a 30-hour
week and paid vacations, the operators replied
"Impossible!" They countered with a demand
that the work week be increased from the
present 35 hours to 40, without increase in pay.
The only encouraging notes heard before the
conference adjourned indefinitely to gather
statistics were an agreement that the evil effects
of technological change must be ameliorated,
and the pronouncement of John L. Lewis that
coal strike rumors are "bunk."
* * * *
L ABOR NOTES-The first police attempt to
evict sit-down strikers failed after two hours'
of fighting Friday at the Fansteel Metallurgical
plants in Waukegan, Il.. . . Interrupted mo-
mentarily by a short-lived St. Louis strike, G.M.-
union negotiators reported agreements on meth-
ods of handling grievances and turned to the
problem of seniority rights ... Gov. Hoffman of
New Jersey, speaking of "shameful" sit-down
strikes, declared Monday that "the avoidance
of bloodshed is desirable, but not at the expense
of surrender to . . . those guilty of such criminal
H ENRY W. ANDERSON, General Motors labor
relations director, was the star of the civil
liberties show last week, until a former auto
union official in Lansing testified Thursday that
he and all other officers of the Lansing local
had been Pinkerton agents. Anderson told of
"stripping" General Motor files of labor spy
data when the La Follette investigation ap-
peared imminent. He revealed next day that
representatives of General Motors and such cor-
porations as General Electric, United States
Rubber, Goodyear, DuPont, and U. S. Steel pe-
riodically have exchanged information, but
denied that it concerned labor espionage.
*m* * *
The Court And Other Things
ANXIOUS DEMOCRATS sought compromise
on the President's court proposal this week.
Senators Wheeler of Montana and Bone of
Washington revived the proposal Madison made
in the Constitutional Convention-that a two-
thirds vote of Congress over-ride Supreme Court
nullification-while Nebraska's Senator Burke
proposed compulsory retirement of justices at 75.
President Roosevelt recommended two modest
bills to benefit some farmers last week. Tuesday
he urged a long-term Federal-State program to
reduce farm tenancy, and Thursday he requested
a crop insurance program which would cost be-
tween 100 and 150 million dollars.
PORTUGAL objected at first, so she said, to a
possible blockade of her coasts, but finally
agreed, with 26 other nations, to a new plan for
attempted isolation of the Spanish civil war. The
plan calls for bans on volunteers by individual
nations, and an international naval cordon
around Spain, beginning March 6, to prevent
troop and arms shipments. Meanwhile, the Loy-
alists appeared to have checked a rebel drive
to capture the Valencia road and sever communi-
cations between Madrid and the capital.
T k B*o t*
Talking Back To Hitler
LAST SUNDAY Cardinal von Faulhaber of Mu-
nich and Count von Preysing, Catholic
Bishop of Berlin,' attacked in such a belligerent
tonethe plan of Church Minister Hans Kerrl for
control of German Protestantism by a state com-
missioner, and received such unmistakable pop-
ular support that Hitler quickly dropped the plan
and issued a decree providing for free election
of a new governing body for the German Evan-
gelical Church. The new synod is authorized
to draft a new church constitution and to restore
unity in the manner it may consider most effec-
tive. However, all but the Nazi branch of the
church expressed doubt as to the reality of
the promised "freedom" and the fairness of the
election. Nevertheless the Hitler decree is inter-
preted to mean the failure of the three-year Nazi
program of church regimentation.
* * * *
Big Crisis, Little Crisis
THERE was hot debate in the British Com-
mons on the proposed seven-and-one-half-
billion dollar British armament plan which pro-
vides for new battleships, cruisers, aircraft car-
riers, great ammunition reserves, new airdromes,
etc. The attack, chiefly from labor, was more
against proposed methods of financing the ex-
pansion than against the plan itself.
Meanwhile in Washington, Chief of Naval
Operations William D. Leahy announced that
the Navy department will recommend that the
United States match Britain battleship for
RUMANIA'S IRON GUARD, fascist and anti-
semitic organization, held a demonstration
a week ago yesterday which profoundly dis-
S RTUR SCHNABEL, world-re-
nowned Austrian pianist wil
present a program of great interest
to music lovers here Tuesday.
Aside from his activities as a pian-
ist, Schnabel finds time to compose
and among other works he has writ-
ten a string quartet and a "Dance
Suite" for piano. Mr. Schnabel first
gained recognition as an interpreter
of Brahms. Since then he has en-
joyed a corresponding degree of suc-
cess with his performances of the
Beethoven piano sonatas. In Janu-
ary of last year he began, in New
York, a weekly series of all-Beethoven
recitals with the final concert on
April 6. At each of these recitals
he was greeted by large and enthu-
siastic audiences. This sustained in-
terest in a series made up of the
works of one composer is ample tes-
timony to his artistry and musician-
Mr. Schnabel's program will open
with the Sonata in A major (posthu-
mous) of Schubert. Among Schu-
bert's contributions to piano litera-
ture, he is best known for his Im-
promptus, "Moment Musicals," and
Waltzes, works of great lyric beauty
but limited scope. His bigger piano
works like the Sonatas are all too
rarely heard. The A major Sonata
which Mr. Schnabel will play is one
of the great ones and deserves to
be heard more often. In it one sees
Schubert's amazing gift for melody
exploited to the full. Particularly in
the Scherzo and Rondo movements
the vivacity of the rhythm gives the
work a freshness and vitality char-
acteristic of Schubert. -
THREE WORKS of Beethoven will
comprise the next section of the
program. The first called "Baga-
tellen" Op. 126 is a group of short,
simple compositions very rarely given
public performance. They usually
appear under the name "Six Bagatel-
les" although there are actually seven
such pieces in the group appearing
in the following sequence of keys:
G, G minor, E flat, B minor, G, E flat
and E flat. It is particularly inter-
esting to note that these "Bagatellen"
were composed immediately after
Beethoven had completed his mon-
umental Ninth "Choral" Symphony.
The second Beethoven work is the
Fantasie, Op. 77, written about 15
years before the "Bagatellen" and
dedicated to Beethoven's friend and
amateur musician, Count Brunswick.
The last of these three is the Rondo
a Capricco, Op. 129 in G major. It
attempts to depict definite scenes or
moods of mind. The manuscript
bears the composer's own title "Die
Wuth uber den verlorneniGroschen
ausgetobt in einer Caprice" (Fury
over a lost groschen, vented in a ca-
Mr. Schnabel will conclude his re-
cital with the "Davidsbundlertanze,"
Op. 6 of Robert Schumann. Schu-
mann was a romanticist and these
"Dances" reflect his romantic spirit
as completely as anything he has ever
written. The title "Davidsbundler-
tanze" is of interesting origin. Schu-
mann had assembled in his mind a
society of young musicians with kin-
dred interests and spirit. These were
to band themselves together under
the leadership of King David, the
poet-musician and conqueror of the
Philistines "to do battle in the cause
of musical progress against Philis-
tinism in every form." Schumann has
represented himself in this mystical
society under the two names "Flores-
tan" and "Eusebius. These names
represented the two almost antithet-
ical sides of Schumann's personality.
"Florestan" was the turbulent, im-
pulsive and highly imaginative Schu-
mann while "Eusebius" indicated the
gentle, thoughtful and sensitive char-
acter of the composer. Associates are
often alluded to in his compositions
and in his critical essays.
THE "Davidsbundlertanze" is a
group of short lyrical pieces in
which the contrasting characters of
"Florestan" and "Eusebius" are pre-
sented. The work is not often heard.
The reason may be as Fuller-Mait-
land suggests in his book on Schu-
mann: "Exquisite as are some of the
passages in the "Davidsbundler,"
some of the numbers are so wild and
obscure that the work has never at-
tained to a wide popularity." What-
ever the critical estimate of the work
as a whole may be, there is much in-
spired music in it. The tender, wist-
ful melodies representative of "Euse-
bius" are particularly beautiful.
The program should be interesting
and unique from at least two aspects.
First, none of the works included has
figured prominently in recital reper-
toire. The "Bagatellen" is virtually
unknown. Certainly from the stand-
point of musical value they are all
important enough to deserve a better
fate. In all the works the melodious
element is prominent, a fact which
should give the program a wide ap-
Musicians and those more familiar
with Mr. Schnabel's playing will en-
joy hearing this artist, who has given
such beauty to the works of classic
composers, play a program in which
two of the major works are by "ro-
mantic" composers, namely, Schubert
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son. To be followed by discussion
Harris Hall, Sunday: in church library.
There will be a celebration of the
Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. in the Coming Events
Chapel. Breakfast will be served Adelphi House of Representatives
following the service. meets Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, at
The speaker at the Student meet- 7:30 in ,the Adelphi room, Angell
ing at 7 p.m. will beHMrs. Helen Gib- Hall. Plans for the coming semes-
son' Hogue, Mental Hygiene Counsel- ter will be drawn up. All members
for of the Highland Park Public are expected to attend.
Schools and author of "Untying
Scholsandauhorof Uv asn, aa
Apron Strings." All students and'
their friends are invited to attend.4
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church,
Services of worship.
8 a.m., Holy Communion
8:30 a.m., Church School.
11 a.m., Kindergarten.
11 a.m., Morning prayer and ser.
mon by the Rev. Henry Lewis.
Stalker Hall, Sunday:
9:45 a.m., Student Class led by
Prof. Geo. Carrothers. Subject to
be considered: "How to Read the
6 p.m. Wesleyan Guild meeting.
Prof. Preston Slosson will speak on
"Intelligence or War," Fellowship
Hour and Supper following the meet-
All Methodist students and their
friends are cordially invited to at-
tend both of these meetings.
First Methodist Church: 10:30 a.m.
Morning worship. Dr. C. W. Bra-
shares will preach on "The Christian
First Congregational Church, Sun-
day.:Allison Ray Heaps, minister.
10:45 a.m., Service of worship, ser-
mon by Mr. Heaps. Third in Lenten
series. Subject "Teach Us to Pray."
6 p.m., Student Fellowship. Mr.
Heaps will speak on "Religion and
Mental Health" with special reference
to the book by Dr. Link on "The Re-
turn to Religion."
6 p.m., Ariston League. There will
be a short business meeting followed
by a discussion on "February's Hall
of Fame," and the reading of "North
to the Orient" by Ann Lindbergh.
Congregational Student Fellow-
Devotional group will meet at 5
p.m. instead of 9:30 a.m. as before.
There will be a discussion led by Mrs.
John Luther on "Present Day Ob-
servance of Lent."
First Presbyterian Church. meeting
at the Masonic Temple, 327 South
Fourth Ave, Sunday:
"For the Disillusioned" is the topic
upon which Dr. Lemon will preach at
the morning worship service at 10:45
a.m. This is the second sermon of a
Lenten series on "Vital Correspon-
dence." Music by the student choir.
Professor Nelson and three students
from foreign countries will be the
guests of the Westminster Guild stu-
dent group at their meeting at 6:30
p.m. A supper and social hour will
preceed the meeting at 5:30 p.m. All
students are invited.
Lutheran Student Club: The speak-
er for Sunday evening will be Judge
Sample of the Circuit Court of this
county. Judge Sample will tell of
problems arising in the courts.
Social and supper hour: 5:30; For-
um hour; 6:30; Place: Zion Parish
Hall at East Washington and Fifth.
Everyone is cordially invited to visit
St. Paul's Lutheran Church: C. A.
Brauer, minister. Lenten services in
the German language at 9:30 a.m.
Regular morning service at 10:45 a.m.
The pastor will preach on the words
of Jesus, "They Hated Me Without
Lutheran students will join the
young people in a skating party at 3
p.m. Meet at the church. The stu-
dent supper at 5:30 p.m. will be fol-
lowed by the pastor's Bible Study
Hour at 6:30 p.m. All students cor-
First Baptist Church, Sunday:
10:45 a.m. Reb. R. Edward Sayles,
minister, will speak on "Sins of Good
Roger Williams Guild, Sunday
noon at Guild House, 503 E. Huron
Mr. Chapman will speak on "Liter-'
ature of the Old Testament: Amos."
6 p.m. The Guild meets at Guild
House. Mrs. Herbert S. Mallory will
speak on "Problems of Adjust-
ment." Questions and discussion will
follow. The usual social hour for ac-
Church of Christ (Disciples):
10:45 a.m., Morning worship. Rev.
Fred Cowin, minister.
12, Students' Bible Class. H. L.
5:30 p.m., Social hour and tea.
6:30 p.m., Discussion program.
Subject, "Resources for Building Per-
sonality." This is the last of a series
of discussions on the general sub-
ject of "Pathways to Personality."
niscinle studentg bvifPnfrna t h
University of Michigan Public
Health Club: All Public Health Ad-
ministrators, Nurses, and Sanitarians
as well as all students pursuing
courses in Hygiene and Public
Health are cordially invited to 9
dinner and meeting to be held Wed-
nesday, Feb. 24, at the Women's
League. The dinner will be in the
Russian Tea Room, and you bring
your trays in from the cafeteria. The
dinner is at 6:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., a
meeting will be held in the Hussey
Room at the League, an important
business meeting will be followed by a
lecture by Professor Maurer of the
Deutscher Verein: Meeting Mon-
day, Feb. 22 at 8:15 p.m. in the
Michigan Union for an evening of
dancing and entertainment. Re-
freshments will be served. Everybody
interested, especially members, are
invited to attend.
Polonia Circle: There will be an im-
portant meeting of Polonia Circle at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the
League. All Polish students are in-
Luncheon for Graduate Students
on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Russian
Tea Room' of the Michigan League
Building. Prof. Ralph W. Aigler of
the Law School, will speak informally
on "The Supreme Court."
The Faculty German Table will not
meet tomorrow. On Monday, March
1, the group will meet as usual, and
there will be a ten-minute talk by
Prof. E. A. Philippson.
Iota Alpha: The regular monthly
meeting of Iota Alpha will be held on
Thursday evening, Feb. 25, at 7:30
p.m. in the Seminar Room, 3201 E.
Eng. Bldg. Professor Dow Baxter
will show colored movies illustrating
his talk, "On and Off Alaskan Trails."
Every member is urged to be present.
The Michiganensian editorial staff
is calling for tryouts for the editorial,
photographic and art staffs on the
first floor of the Publications Build-
ing at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Both fresh-
men and sophomores are eligible.
Photographers please bring some
sample of their work.
The Interior Decorating Group of
the Art Division of the Faculty Wom-
an's Club will meet Monday after-
noon, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the
Michigan League. Miss Mable Mc-
Cutcheon of the J. L. Hudson Co.,
of Detroit will speak on "Color as
Applied in the Home." Mrs. Raphael
Isaacs is leader of the group.
Golfers, attention: Meeting 8 p.m.
Wednesday night at Union. Varsity
and freshmen. Important.
R. 0. Courtright.
Phi Tau Alpha, honorary classical
society: There will be a meeting Wed-
nesday evening, 7:30 p.m., at the
League. Business for future meet-
ings of the chapter will be discussed.
It is urgent that all members be
The Freshman Luncheon Clubs
will meet at 12 p.m. Tuesday in
the Union. Albert C. Stitt will be
the guest pianist. All members are
invited to bring guests.
Sigma Rho Tau and Stump Speak-
er's Society picture for the 'Ensian
will be taken Tuesday evening, Feb.
23, at the Union. Picture will be
taken at 8 pm. Members please see
the notice in the reference room.
Botanical Seminar meets Wednes-
day, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m., Room 1139,
N.S. Bldg. Paper by Elsie H. Bauck-
man "Karyotaxonomic Studies in
Carnival Booth Committee: The
first meeting will be Tuesday, Feb.23
at 5 p.m. in Room 316 at the Michi-
Contemporary: Tryouts for edi-
torial and business staff will be held
Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Student
Publications Building. The only re-
quirement for trying out is ordinary
- Hillel Players: Any students in-
terested in helping with the adver-
tising, publicity, box office, or ticket
committee for presentation of the
next play, "They Too Arise" to be
given at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, meet at the Hillel Founda-
tion, East University and Oakland,
WadnPagdnV ah 4R
THE RECENT RECOGNITION ex-
tended to Michigan as a dramatic
center pleased us very much, but, it was also
a matter of embarrassment.. In his Theatre col-
umn today, Mr. Doll discusses th'e Bureau of
New 'Plays, in whose recent contest Michigan
playwriting students distinguished themselves.
It is interesting to observe that Michigan stu-
dents received two of the six-awards for original
plays, and one of the five honorable mentions.
It was the only university represented by more
than one award. The recipients of scholarships
are to exercise them in a year's study of play-
writing at any institution acceptable to the Bu-
reau. Two of the three scholarship winners chose
to come to Michigan. The third is already in at-
tendance here. Michigan was fourth in the
number of manuscripts submitted. And Prof.
Kenneth T. Rowe, in charge of playwriting here,
was selected with Professors Walter Pritchard
Eaton of.Yale, and Frederick Koch of the Univer-
sity of North Carolina, to serve on an Advisory
Council of Educators to the Bureau of New
This national recognition points out that
Michigan occupies an important place in play-
writing and University theatre work, but it re-
minds us once more what we have pointed out.
many times in these columns-that the dramatic
facilities on campus are pitifully inadequate. Stu-
dent plays need to be produced, and cannot be;
Play Production holds classes, rehearses, and
stores scenery in a small structure condemned as
a fire-trap, and has to operate under extremely
crowded theatre conditions.
This is particularly deplorable since Mich-
igan possesses several advantages which would
combine with proper facilities to make it truly
distinguished. Geographically, it offers a con-
junction of the cultural background of the East
with the creative vigor of the West. It is located
in a small town, which provides a better writing
atmosphere than a large city, but is close enough
to Detroit for students to see road-shows, and
to New York for contact and stimulus, though
far enough to escape imitative pressure. Ann
Arbor possesses too a variety of backgrounds
easily available-both agricultural and indus-
Moreover, we possess the considerable stim-
ulus of the Hopwood Awards, which give extra-
ordinary sums to young authors. We have a
large student body which compares favorably
with that of other large state universities: a dis-
tinguished department of Play Production; and a
detailed curriculum which offers opportunity
for study in fields related to the drama.