American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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Juliet, Hamlet, The Arabian Nights, Taps, Married Life, Agatha Deve, Under the Gaslight, Virginia, As You Like It, Little Em'ly, How She Loves Him, Julius Caesar, Fernando, London Assurance, Caste, The Shaughraun, Captain Swift.

1895-96: Saratoga, The China Dog, An Ocean Pearl, The Gosoon, The False Friend, An Unequal Match, The Amazons, Sweet Lavender, Miss Dixie, The Twins, The Pearl of Savoy, Dolly Varden, The District Attorney, The Geneva Cross, Money, Little Miss Busybody, The Streets of New York, The Magistrate, Man and Wife, My Brother's Sister, The Great Unknown, The Jilt, The Sea of Ice, The Deacon's Daughter, The Little Detective, Divorce, Philopene, A Mountain Pink, Three of a Kind, Dreams, Arrah-na- Pogue, Lemons, Rip Van Winkle, The Irish Heiress, A Night Off, Rory O'More, Dick Mit Dhree Eyes, Hobbies, My Lord in Livery, She Couldn't Marry Three.

1896-97: The New South, Knight and Day, Gwynne's Oath, The Professor, Young Mrs. Winthrop, A Woman's Power, Incog., Barbara, The Idler, Mr. Potter of Texas, Lady Bountiful, Champagne and Oysters, A Fair Rebel, Esmeralda Forgiven, A Ring of Iron, Incog., The Salt Cellar, Held by the Enemy, The Gray Mare, Mr. Dick, A New York Divorce, Ours, Niobe, Called Back, Christopher, Jr., The Sculptress, All the Comforts of Home, The New Boy, The Lottery of Love, Trilby, All the Comforts of Home, Blue Jeans, Dad's Girl, A Bunch of Keys, Americans Abroad, Nancy & Company, David Garrick, Fra Diavolo Richelieu, Puddn'head Wilson, The Merchant of Venice.


Published Sources:

Clipper ( New York), 1892-97.

New York Dramatic Mirror, 1891-97.

Archival Resources:

Los Angeles, California. Private Collection of Mari Kathleen Fielder. Contains Promptbook and programs.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Free Library of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Theatre Collection. Contains Philadelphia Theatre index, Girard Avenue Theatre file, programs, and actor files.

Mari Kathleen Fielder

[GREATER] GIRARD STOCK COMPANY. A new theatrical stock organization, the Greater Girard Stock Company, was formed for Philadelphia's Girard Avenue Theatre for the 1902-3 season. This theatre had been the home of resident stock companies since 1891 when the renowned Girard Avenue Stock Company* initially performed there. This original company was one of the first in the early twentieth century to offer weekly, popular-priced theatre in a small community setting. Philadelphia was one of the centers of development of this new kind of stock company primarily because of the activities of the Girard Avenue Theatre.

The Greater Girard Stock Company was organized by wealthy Philadelphia merchant William W. Miller, who for several years had been creating a theatrical empire in Philadelphia. He gained control of the Girard Avenue Theatre in April 1902 by purchasing the lease from C. L. Durban and J. A. Sheeler for a reported $42,000. For five years these men had operated a highly successful stock


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