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“firstborn” Gets First Prize on N. Y. Stage; Cast to Play in Israel

The first $2,500 Theatre Guild Foundation-Theresa Helbrun Award was presented last night to British playwright Christopher Fry for his play “The Firstborn,” a poetic drama about Moses. The award was accepted for Mr. Fry by Katherine Cornell and Anthony Quayle, who are starring in the Broadway hit. The presentation was made on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the State of Israel, where it will be presented this summer.

Among those attending the ceremony were Abba Eban, Israeli Ambassador to the United States; Clare Boothe Luce, former United States Ambassador to Italy; Joseph Koevago, the last freely elected Mayor of Budapest; Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, and others. “We look forward to welcoming the poetry and drama of Mr. Fry in Israel soon,” Mr. Eban said. “For these fine players will be taking the play to the land where freedom was born.” The attraction is scheduled to open July 3 in Tel Aviv.