American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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and mystery dramas, and a sprinkling of traditional "favorites" such as Brandon Thomas ' Charley's Aunt and Denman Thompson and George W. Ryer The Old Homestead. Occasional "added attractions" engendered special publicity. For instance, Earl Metcalf, a Siegmund Lubin screen star, guest starred for one week in the company's production of All on Account of Eliza. On another occasion, the company created a furor in the press when it secured the rights to George Broadhurst The Law of the Land during the same week it was supposedly commencing an exclusive first-run at the "first-class" Walnut Street Theatre.

The George Arvine Stock Company played to large audiences at the American Theatre during the 1915-16 theatrical season. However, when the company disbanded for the usual summer hiatus, no plans were made to reorganize in the fall.


PERSONNEL

Management: George Arvine, manager and proprietor.

Actors and Actresses: Adra Ainslee, Clyde Armstrong, George Arvine, Billy Barry, Frank Carter, William Dashiell, Lillian Desmonde, Terri Glydon, Roy Hilliard, Grant Irvine, Richard LaSalle, Sammy Lynch, Ada Prince, Rose Revoire, Ruth Robinson, Gabrielle Rose, Henrietta Vadars, Marie Warren.


REPERTORY

1915-16: Help Wanted, Broadway Jones, A Girl from Out Yonder, When We Were Twenty-One, Within the Law, All on Account of Eliza, The Yellow Ticket, The Law of the Land, The Woman He Married, The Revolt, Under Cover, The Crisis, Charley's Aunt, The Devil, A Woman's Way, Her Own Money, The House Next Door, The Old Homestead, Bought and Paid For.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Published Sources:

New York Dramatic Mirror, 1915-16.

Philadelphia Inquirer, 1915-16.

Archival Resources:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Theatre Collection. Free Library of Philadelphia. American Theatre file.

Mari Kathleen Fielder

[NEW] AUDITORIUM PLAYERS.See LYCEUM PLAYERS.

AUDITORIUM THEATRE STOCK COMPANY. On October 5, 1913, a group under the management of Meta Miller reestablished stock in Kansas City, Missouri, for two and one-half years, during which time the Auditorium Theatre Stock Company was Kansas City's only resident theatre organization. Miller, a successful manager of the Davidson Theatre Stock Company in Milwaukee and a veteran of fifteen years in theatre management, assembled a company which

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