American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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Elizabeth Johnson, Virginia Ackerman, and Elsie Reid. The women would not then bring home photographs of handsome men!

Despite the group's arduous attempts to build an audience for resident stock in Philadelphia's Kensington community, it lasted only one short theatrical season of twenty-four weeks. Hart's Theatre was then converted into a motion picture house and its name eventually changed to the Palm Theatre. Emily Smiley and Maurice Stanford, the company's leaders, reverted to more traditional stock ventures in the Philadelphia area.


Management and Director: Emiley Smiley, Maurice Stanford.

Stage Director: Maurice Stanford.

Actors and Actresses: Virginia Ackerman, Bennie Barrett, Frank Charleton, Mr. Danforth, Elizabeth Johnson, Mr. Johnson, Miss La Croix, Elsie Reid, Mr. Sinclair, Emily Smiley, Harry Wilgus.


1913-14: The Love Route, Our New Minister, Classmates, The Two Orphans, The Lost Paradise, Out of the Fold, Octoroon, Paid in Full, Carmen, The Gilded Fool, At Cosy Corners, As a Man Sows, A Young Wife, Up York State, Arrah-na-Pogue, Sapho, The Girl from Out Yonder, Camille, The Devil, St. Elmo, New Magdalen, Monte Cristo, Inherited.


Published Sources:

Philadelphia Inquirer, 1913-14.

Philadelphia North American, 1913-14.

Archival Resource:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Free Library of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Theatre Collection. Theatre files.

Mari Kathleen Fielder

[PERCY] HASWELL STOCK COMPANY. The Percy Haswell Stock Company made its debut at Chase's Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, September 10, 1901, with a production of The Liars by Henry Arthur Jones. The company specialized in melodrama and comedy, opening a new show each week. The Baltimore Sun ( December 8, 1901) reported that its production of the Joseph Arthur melodrama Blue Jeans ( 1890) was the best production of the decade and that the buzz-saw scene was particularly effective. Haswell starred with support from Frank Gillmore and Lloyd Carleton. George Fawcett, Haswell's husband, managed the company.

Percy Haswell's first stock experience was at the Lafayette Square Theatre in Washington. Haswell then spent six years with Augustin Daly's Stock Company, taking Ada Rehan's role as a supporting actress when Rehan became the star for the company. After Daly's company, she worked one season with William


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