The Petrified Forest

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The Petrified Forest (1935), by American playwright Robert Emmet Sherwood. The character of the play, Alan Squire, an unsuccessful, highly cultured poet, wanders wearily over the Arizona desert, symbolizing the sense of spiritual disillusionment out of which the entire drama grows.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1946: Presented by the New Theatre, produced by Winifred Curtin in the Library Theatre. With Beryl Green, Charles Marais, Julius Kaplan, Sid Hossy.

1978: Produced by Tony Factor at the Colosseum starring American actor William Smith, Jeff Shapiro, Rex Rodgers, Peter Cheals and Phyllis Early. This production was a colossal disaster.


World Drama, by Allardyce Nicoll. Harrap, 1949.

South African Opinion, 3(1):23, 1946.

Tucker, 1997. 364.

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