American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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continuous years. Aside from the short-lived Richard LaSalle stock Company, the Knickerbocker Players was the only permanent theatrical stock company left in Philadelphia by 1918. However, proceeds apparently faltered. Citing the growing attraction of motion pictures, it, too, disbanded at the end of the season, with the understanding that the company would not be reorganized. The Knickerbocker Theatre eventually was converted into a motion picture theatre and its name changed to the Fays Theatre in 1925.


PERSONNEL

Management: William W. Miller.

Stage Director: George W. Barbier ( 1915-16).

Actors and Actresses: Earl Ashly, Maud Atkinson, George W. Barbier ( 1915-16), Robert Bentley, Eugenie Blair ( 1916-17), Harry Bond ( 1917-18), Charles Boone, Tedd Brackett, Frank Carter, Peggy Conway, Walter Dale, Carol Davenport, Anna Doherty ( 1915-17), Frank E. Elliot ( 1915-16), Helen Favers, Eugene Frazier, John Geary, Alice Gibson, Howard Hall ( 1916-17), Lee Hamilton, Grace Hayle ( 1917-18), Bessie Heitman, H. Onis Holland, James Huntley, J. Paul Jones, Frank Kenmore, Richard LaSalle ( 1915-16). Florence Lawler, Philip Lord, John Lorenz ( 1916-17), Helen McNulty, William Mann, Eva Marsh ( 1915-16), Beulah Monroe, Elinor Montell ( 1915-16), Charles T. Moore, Kathleen Nordy, Mabel Reed, Ruth Robinson ( 1915-17), Frances Shannon ( 1915-16), Thomas Shearer, Frank Simonson, Josie Sissons, Emily Smiley ( 1915-16), William Sommers, Harry Stafford, J. Stanhope, Richard Stiles, Carrie Thatcher, ( 1915- 16), John Thomas, Ellen Travis, John Warner ( 1915-16), Earl T. Western ( 1916-18), Frances Woodbury.


SAMPLE REPERTORY

1915-16 only: Diplomacy, The Chorus Lady, Within the Law, Little Lost Sister, Bought and Paid For, Butterfly on the Wheel, The Lion and the Mouse, The Dummy, Madame X, Seven Keys to Baldpate, The Blindness of Virtue, The Yellow Ticket, Beverly of Graustark, The Gamblers, The Woman in the Case, The Charity Ball, The Old Homestead, Ninety and Nine, The Natural Law, Inside the Lines, Carmen, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Rip Van Winkle, Under Cover, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, Paid in Full, Outcast, The Spendthrift, A Fool There Was, The Thief, The Conquerors, The Brute, Kick In, On Trial.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Published Sources:

New York Dramatic Mirror, 1915-18.

Philadelphia Inquirer, 1915-18.

Archival Resource:

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

Mari Kathleen Fielder

KONDOLF-FOLMER COMPANY. See LYCEUM PLAYERS.

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