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Gaynor Bradish Signed

The staging of "Asylum" has been entrusted to Gaynor Bradish, a new director in this area with an impressive background. He was selected by the author of the tragic-comedy, Arthur Kopit, who wrote the durable "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling Sad." Plans are being made by Roger L. Stevens, who has a paternal interest in "Oh Dad," to bring "Asylum" to an off-Broadway haven in January or February. An open stage, comparable to the one at the Theatre de Lys or the St. Marks Playhouse, is required. Mr. Bradish, who is 32 years old, is an assistant professor of English at New York University. Before that, he taught modern drama and playwriting at Harvard, where he operated the Dunster Drama Workshop. This brought him in contact with Mr. Kopit, who was leaving the rudiments of dramaturgy at Harvard. As one of the editors at Hill & Wang, Mr. Bradish wrote the introduction to the published edition of "Oh Dad." Besides the foregoing activities, he has been nominated as supervisor of the playwriting unit at the Actors Studio. "Asylum," like "Oh Dad," is an unconventional drama. Actually, the new work consists of two plays, linked by a similar theme and structure. The action of each takes place in a strange sort of insane asylum. Five men will appear in the first part and eight women in the second. No scenery will be required, only props.

Copyright: 1962 The New York Times

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September 13,1962

Courtesy: Pete Delaney

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