Spruill, Katherine Squire, Karl Swenson, Blanche Tancock ( 1925-27), Frances Titsworth, Ada Warden, Arthur Weinstein, Marian F. Wetzel, Shirley White, Frances Williams ( 1927-30), Frances Wilson ( 1925-30), Russell Wright.
(Note: Plays successful in one season were generally carried over to the next.)
1925-26: The Sea-Woman's Cloak, Twelfth Night, The Scarlet Letter.
1926-27: The Straw Hat, The Trumpet Shall Sound, Granite, Big Lake.
1927-28: Much Ado About Nothing, At the Gate of the Kingdom, The Bridal Veil, Doctor Knock, Martine.
1928-29: No public season this year; limited audiences invited for "Sunday-evening entertainments": Sicilian Limes, The Jealous Old Man, Coriolanus (scenes), The Countess Cathleen, Where It Is Thin There It Breaks.
1929-30: The Pretended Basque, The Jealous Old Man, The Three Sisters, A Glass of Water, Antigone, Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit.
Roberts J. W. Richard Boleslavsky: His Life and Work in the Theatre. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1981.
Willis Ronald A. "The American Laboratory Theatre: 1923-1930." Ph. D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1968.
Lawrence, Kansas. American Laboratory Theatre files are in the possession of Dr. Ronald A. Willis, University of Kansas, Lawrence.
New York, New York. New York Public Library has a collection of programs, brochures, catalogues, scrapbooks, and press clippings.
Jerry W. Roberts
AMERICAN PLAYERS. The American Players ( Spokane, Washington) was organized in the summer of 1916 by actor-manager Harry J. Leland. He leased the American Theatre (built in 1910 at the corner of Post Street and Front Avenue), which was then completely renovated with new paint, carpets, and decorations. The company opened with a production of George M. Cohan The Miracle Man, a light comedy, on September 3, 1916.
Though the company used many of the same personnel as the [Ernest] Wilkes Stock Company*, which had leased the American Theatre the previous season and had been scheduled to return to Spokane, the American Players were unconnected with the Wilkes' interests. When the Wilkes company did not renew its lease, Harry J. Leland, who had been stage director for the Wilkes group during its relatively successful Spokane season, apparently decided to start his own company in order to take advantage of what the Spokesman-Review called "Spokane's appreciation of home industry" and the local appetite for live drama which had never completely died out in Spokane.
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Publication information: Book title: American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930. Contributors: Weldon B. Durham - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 22.
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