American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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The Creole, The Crucifix, The Man Outside, Sapho, A Young Wife, Davy Crockett, The Bell of Richmond, The Plunger, Way Out West, The Two Orphans, Shamus O'Brien, The Count of Monte Cristo, Slaves of Russia, Wife for Wife, The Prisoner of Zenda, Resurrection, In Idaho, A Celebrated Case, Octoroon, A Soldier of the Empire, An American Girl, For Home and Honor, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Michael Strogoff, His Society Wife, The Man from Mexico, At Valley Forge, Tennessee's Pardner.

1903-4: Lost Paradise, Friends, Carmen, The Fringe of Society, The Little Minister, The Burglar, The Three Musketeers, Fanchon, the Cricket, Dangers of a Great City, The Ticket-of-Leave Man, Wages of Sin, Oliver Twist, The Black Flag, Pink Dominoes, Trilby, The Mysterious Mr. Jones, Faust, Sapho, My Partner, Mr. Barnes of New York, Held by the Enemy, The Private Secretary, My Friend from India, Captain Swift, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Don Caesar de Bazan, The Ensign, All the Comforts of Home, Jim the Westerner, Thelma, Madame Sans-Gene, A Bachelor's Honeymoon, Young Mrs. Winthrop, The Danites, Roanoke, The Circus Girl, A Poor Relation, The Iron Master, Quo Vadis, A Social Highwayman, My Jim, Tom, Dick and Harry, The Galley Slave, A Man of Mystery, The Banker's Daughter, Northern Lights, Heart of Kentucky, An Innocent Sinner, The Plunger, Fabio Romani, Her False Step.


Published Sources:

Duluth News-Tribune, 1902-4.

Duluth Herald, 1902-4.

Archival Resources:

Duluth, Minnesota. St. Louis County Historical Society. Theatre file, Building file.

Roger H. Schultz


FOREPAUGH STOCK COMPANY. In the spring of 1893, the Forepaugh Stock Company was organized to perform in Philadelphia's Forepaugh Theatre. The theatre had been built in 1877 by Charles and Adam Forepaugh, whose famed circus played in the house, then called the Bijou, during the off-season. However, in the late 1880s the Forepaughs' nephew, John A. Forepaugh, was given control of the theatre. He became its lessee and sole manager, upgraded the physical environment inside the theatre, and instituted the exclusive presentation of live drama. Forepaugh originally booked only touring combination shows into the theatre. In 1893, however, he organized a professional resident company of actors to provide support for traveling stars as well as to augment his theatre's bill of fare between touring company engagements. As such, the Forepaugh Stock Company opened on April 17, 1893, with a production of Moths of Society (often abbreviated as Moths), a new version of the younger Alexandre Dumas' Demi-Monde.

For several seasons, the resident troupe played only intermittently at the Forepaugh Theatre, vying with combination shows for prominence on the theatre's schedule. However, with the resurgence of the theatrical stock company


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