Plays of the Harvard Dramatic Club

Plays of the Harvard Dramatic Club

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Plays of the Harvard Dramatic Club

Plays of the Harvard Dramatic Club

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The four plays in this volume have been selected from a large number of one-act pieces produced by the Harvard Dramatic Club in the ten years of its life. It was founded in 1908 by a group of undergraduates, headed by Edward Sheldon and Edward Eyre Hunt, who were dissatisfied with college dramatics as they knew them. They wished to see produced as many as possible of the more promising short and long plays which the one course then existing in Dramatic Composition at Harvard College was beginning to produce. There was not, of course, until four years later any 47 Workshop. To three ideas this small group of founders held tenaciously, though the principles caused some distinct opposition at the outset and even some wavering within the fold when the organization was started. These were: the plays produced must not be reproductions of well-known plays of the professional stage, present or past, nor first productions of foreign plays not seen elsewhere, but original work of students at Harvard or Radcliffe; secondly, women, presumably Radcliffe students, must play the feminine rôles; thirdly, the plays must be coached by some professional actor or producer of recognized ability. The obvious aim was to get rid of . . .

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