Across the Board on Tomorrow Morning (1941)
Original Production - Paired with Talking to You at The Belasco Theatre (renamed The Saroyan Theatre for the run), August 17 to August 22, 1942. 8 performances.
Producer - William Saroyan
Director - William Saroyan
Original Cast -
Lois Bannerman - Harpist
Canada Lee - Thomas Piper
Bill Challee - Jim, a bartender
Edward F. Nannary -John Callaghan
Irving Morrow - Harry Mallory
Jane Jeffries - Helen
June Hayford - Peggy
Carol Marcus - Lois
Arthur Griffin - R.J. Pinkerton
C. Gilbert Advincula - Pablo
Sam Sotelo - Pancho
Larry Bolton - Sammy
Lillian McGuinness - Rhinelander 2-8182
Lewis Charles - Fritz
Maxwell Bodenheim - A Poet
William Prince - Callaghan Mallory
Across the Board on Tomorrow Morning was not well-received on its premiere, though Canada Lee's performance was often praised. Subsequent productions, such as an English Stage Company production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1962, at the Pasadena Playhouse, and a production in San Pedro, California, in 1976, received much better notices.
It was published along with Sweeney in the Trees and The Beautiful People under the title The Beautiful People in 1941.
The original production was one of the first times Carol Marcus, Saroyan's future wife, appeared in one of his plays.
In the Forever Saroyan collection:
Across the Board on Tomorrow Morning Curtain Preface, 1941, Western Reserve University, PB016