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Camino Real

Tennessee Williams typed his comments on the stationery of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia while awaiting “some news of the Philadelphia notices” for Camino Real, which was undergoing its pre-Broadway tryouts. The play was Hope Abelson’s first Broadway production. Working as Cheryl Crawford’s production assistant, Abelson was responsible for daily script changes and quickly made herself indispensable to both Williams and the play’s director, Elia Kazan. This manuscript forms part of the Hope Abelson Papers, which contain scripts, theater mementos, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings related to Abelson’s Chicago and New York theater career, her many philanthropic activities relating in particular to Chicago theater, and her personal life.