FIRST EDITION WITH AN EXTENSIVE INSCRIPTION BY WOODY ALLEN on the half-title and title: “Play It Again Sam is a junky play. It is typical commercial claptrap and is nothing I’m proud of. It has been very successful in the theatre and in film ’round the world but that doesn’t say much for public taste. I wrote it when I was younger and would not do it the same way—or any way again. I’m not saying I’ve improved, only my perspective has. I wrote under the influence of the lightweight popular comedies I grew up with and the only thing I cherish about it is that it led to a life long friendship with Tony Roberts & a life long love of Diane Keaton. Woody Allen.” Play It Again, Sam opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on February 12, 1969 and ran for 453 performances. It was while auditioning for this play that Allen met Keaton and began their well-documented personal and professional relationships. The play helped build Allen’s status as a brilliant performer who could combine comedic romance with modern-day neuroses.
ALLEN, Woody (b. 1935). Play it Again, Sam. New York: Random House, 1969. 8°. Original cloth-backed boards; printed dust jacket.