|Till the Day I Die|
|Written by||Clifford Odets|
|Setting||an underground room,|
office in the Columbia Brown house,
Till the Day I Die is a play by Clifford Odets performed on Broadway in 1935.
The play is a seven-scene drama written by Clifford Odets. It was originally written as a piece to accompany Waiting for Lefty .[ citation needed ]
It was produced by the Group Theatre and staged by Cheryl Crawford, and ran for 136 performances from March 26, 1935, to July 1935 at the Longacre Theatre.[ citation needed ]
When the New Theatre in Sydney, tried to stage it in 1936, following its production of Waiting for Lefty earlier that year, the German Consul General in Australia complained to the Commonwealth Government and the play was banned. However the theatre defied the ban and staged the play in private premises,and (after a similar controversy), it was staged to large audiences in Melbourne's New Theatre.
The play contains the first documented use of the phrase "male chauvinism".
Clifford Odets was an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor. In the mid-1930s, he was widely seen as the potential successor to Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill, as O'Neill began to withdraw from Broadway's commercial pressures and increasing critical backlash. From January 1935, Odets's socially relevant dramas were extremely influential, particularly for the remainder of the Great Depression. His works inspired the next several generations of playwrights, including Arthur Miller, Paddy Chayefsky, Neil Simon, and David Mamet. After the production of his play Clash by Night in the 1941–42 season, Odets focused his energies primarily on film projects, remaining in Hollywood for the next seven years. He returned to New York in 1948 for five and a half years, during which time he produced three more Broadway plays, only one of which was a success. His prominence was eventually eclipsed by Miller, Tennessee Williams, and in the early- to mid-1950s, William Inge.
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