Cross and Sword Play Souvenir Booklet 1973

This is a 68 page souvenir booklet from the Cross and Sword Play in St. Augustine. It’s dated 1973, the same year that the Florida Senate designated it as the official state play.

The booklet includes a letter from Governor Reubin Askew as well as a dedication of the 9th season to the actor Richard Boone, who had moved to St. Augustine three years earlier and had worked with the production.

With the obvious exception of the play’s author Paul Green, none of the people in the booklet appear to have gone on to national prominence. That’s not a negative, as the production was considered a labor of love by many local performers – actors, singers, dancers, costumers and makeup artists.

Paul Green was a successful playwright and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1927 play, In Abraham’s Bosom.

Local attractions were among the advertisers in the booklet: Zorayda Castle, the Fountain of Youth, the Oldest Store, the Old Jail, Gatorland Alligator Farm (Casper’s), Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Marineland and Nombre de Dios.