[GEORGE] FAWCETT STOCK COMPANY. The George Fawcett Stock Company ( Baltimore, Maryland) was organized by manager George Fawcett in the summer of 1902, enlisting most of the personnel from the Percy Haswell Stock Company*. The company played an eight-month season, September to April, in Baltimore and a summer season of eight weeks on tour. In Baltimore, Fawcett leased Chase's Theatre from 1902 to 1904, and from 1906 to 1908 he leased Albaugh's Theatre. Between September 1904 and December 1906, the Fawcett company did not perform in Baltimore but performed irregular seasons in Minnesota and New York City.
Fawcett maintained a flexible organization which allowed him to divide his company into two or three units and then to reorganize into a single company. The George Fawcett Stock Company underwent nine such reorganizations in its six-year history.
The Fawcett company made its debut at the Metropolitan Theatre in Minneapolis on August 24, 1902. Its first regular season in Baltimore, Maryland, opened with a production of Theodora, starring Mary Shaw, on September 30, 1902. During this first season at Chase's Theatre, Fawcett split his company, with Mary Shaw heading one-half and Frank Gillmore the other. Each branch of the company generally performed two weeks at Chase's Theatre and then spent two weeks in rehearsal. Mary Shaw's branch of the company produced Ghosts in Baltimore on November 10, 1902, and then toured the show to the Manhattan Theatre in New York City in January 1903. According to the Baltimore Sun ( November 9, 1902), that production of Ghosts represented the first production of an Ibsen play by any stock company.
Percy Haswell, who was Mrs. George Fawcett, joined the Fawcett companies in January 1903. From that time until April 1903, Fawcett operated three stock companies, with Haswell heading the third. This arrangement allowed one company to tour while the other companies alternated every two weeks at Chase's