Greeting .... Mr. Neil Burgess in his original creation Widow Bedott, supported by Mr. George Stoddart as the elder

[New York?]: n. pub. [188-?]. 19th century card, 5x6.5 inches, decorated with color motifs on outside and description of the play on the inside, without actually stating the date or theatre locations. The inside is slightly stained and rubbed, with some impact on the text.

Alfred Habegger notes in his "Gender, fantasy, and realism in American literature" that the text has not survived, but that Burgess, one of the most noted female impersonators of his day, "jumped at the chance to do Bedott" (p. 150), a strongly feminist and suffragist period piece. The play originally opened in Providence in 1879 and attained enormous popularity over the next few years. The card notes that the production is "a new and improved dramatization of the Widow Bedott papers ... the 3rd year of this most successful American Comedy ... altered and revised making almost an entire new play abounding with innumerable situations of tje most comical nature."

Cat.No: 154392

Price: $295.00