American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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Robbins, Catherine Robinson, Robert W. Smiley ( 1911), Alfred Smith, Fred Tiden ( 1911), Austin Webb.


REPERTORY

1901-2: The Liars, Catherine, Because She Loved Him So, The Wife, School, Liberty Hall, The Little Minister, The Three Musketeers, At the While Horse Tavern, Faust, Blue Jeans, What Happened to Jones?, Peaceful Valley, The Butterflies, His Honor the Mayor, A Temperance Town, The Countess Gucki, Twelfth Night, Camille, Nerves, Much Ado About Nothing, Moths, As You Like It, The Two Orphans, Caste, The Amazons, Romeo and Juliet, Worlings, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

1910-11: The Grasshopper, Divorcons, The Cottage in the Air, The American Widow, Old Heidelberg, The Great Unknown, Mrs. Temples Telegram, A Woman's Day, Miss Hobbs.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Published Sources:

Baltimore Sun, 1901-2.

New York Dramatic Mirror, 1901-11.

Arthur E. Alvis, Jr.

HEDGEROW THEATRE. In April 1923, Jasper Deeter, a former member of the Provincetown Players*, attempted to fulfill his dream of establishing an independent, nonsubsidized, nonprofit repertory theatre by organizing the amateur Rose Valley Players into a semiprofessional company. The Hedgerow Theatre officially opened on April 21, 1923, with G. B. Shaw Candida, performing in a coverted grist mill which had been remodeled as a community center in 1904.

When Jasper Deeter founded the Hedgerow Theatre, he was twenty-eight years old and had $9 in his pocket. However, he was already an experienced director and actor. He made his first stage appearance in The Better 'Ole (devised by Charles Coburn, 1918). By 1919, he was a member of the Provincetown Players,* creating the role of Smithers in the original production of Eugene O'Neill The Emperor Jones ( 1920), and directing plays such as Susan Glaspell Inheritors ( 1921). However, when the Provincetown company moved from Greenwich Village to Broadway in 1922 and inaugurated a policy of long runs, Deeter left the troupe to pursue his vision of a repertory theatre which "would have a professional but non-commercial approach to the doing of fine plays from all theatres" ( John C. Wentz, "The Hedgerow Theatre: An Historical Study," Ph. D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1954, p. 26). In the spring of 1921, Deeter discovered Rose Valley, a small community in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, which had a history of encouraging artists and craftsmen. He directed the Rose Valley Players in an evening of one-acts in 1922 and returned in April 1923 to build a repertory company. From 1923 until his retirement in 1956, Deeter served the troupe as founder, producer, director, actor, teacher,

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  • Title Page iii
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  • APPENDIX I CHRONOLOGY OF THEATRE COMPANIES 493
  • APPENDIX II THEATRE COMPANIES BY STATE 497
  • Index of Personal Names and Play Titles 501
  • About the Contributors 535
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