Very Good-. Item #7266
Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Company, . First Thus. 12mo (18cm.); publisher's orange decorative staple bound card wrappers; 30pp. Extremities rubbed with brief splitting at both spine ends; contemporary juvenile ownership signature and pencil notes throughout, presumably of a high school student playing the lead role of Janet Allison, with that character's lines highlighted throughout. Still, despite heavy signs of use, Very Good overall.
Screenwriter and actor Brainerd Duffield's second adaptation of a Shirley Jackson work, his first being the 1948 short story "The Lottery," adapted for the Dramatic Publishing Company in 1953. This story, though not as well-known as "The Lottery," written in a similar vein, set in an unspecified rural New England village where a visiting New York City couple experience sinister events when they decide to stay past Labor Day. According to Duffield's adaptation, "There is no scenery. All properties are imaginary and are pantomimed by the actors" (p. 4).