American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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George MacEntee, Lillian Macy, Edwin Middleton, Ole Ness, Florence Roberts, Bernard Seraphim, Bertha Smith, Helen Von Huber, Joseph Webber, Frank West.


1907-8: In the Bishop's Carriage, Winchester, Heartsease, The Little Gray Lady, Jim, the Westerner, At the Risk of His Life, Tobie Hoxie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Charity Nurse, The Parish Priest, Anna Karenina, Mathilda, Francesca da Rimini, Faust, The Wire Tappers, Monte Cristo, The Bells, The Power Behind the Throne, The Sporting Duchess, The Middleman, The Conquerers, The Holy City, Marching Through Georgia, A Royal Slave, Sweethearts, Jerome and Jerome, Rismore, Jimmy Logue, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Belle of Richmond.


Published Source:

New York Dramatic Mirror, 1907-8.

Archival Resources:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Free Library of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Theatre Collection. George Barbier file.

Mari Kathleen Fielder



MOROSCO STOCK COMPANY. Oliver Morosco (born Oliver Mitchell, 1875-1945) went to Los Angeles from San Francisco in 1899 and leased the Burbank Theatre, where in 1904 he organized the Burbank Theatre Stock Company.* As early as January 1905, Morosco expanded his policy of presenting favorite comedies and melodramas to include premieres of new works beginning with In South Car' liney, by Morosco and Henry Cottrell. His experience with two more new plays, written in collaboration with Cottrell, The Judge and the Jury ( 1906) and The Half-Breed ( 1906), confirmed the economic viability of stock-company productions of new plays.

While maintaining the stock company at the Burbank Theatre, Morosco secured the Majestic Theatre in 1908 to stage productions owned by John Cort, thereby beginning to establish a chain of theatres on the West Coast. In 1911 he acquired the Belasco Theatre Stock Company, which he maintained until December 1913.

On January 6, 1913, Morosco opened the new 1,500-seat playhouse which bore his name at Broadway and Seventh in Los Angeles. The acting company he established at the Morosco Theatre, known as the Morosco Producing Company, was to be devoted to the development and production of new plays. The Morosco Theatre opened with a two-and-one-half-week run of WinchellSmith


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