Nash ( 1915-16), Charles Pitt ( 1917), Albert Reed ( 1915-16), Alison Skipworth ( 1917), Conway Tearle ( 1915-16), Robert Warwick ( 1915-16), Florence Wollerson ( 1917), Anita Wood ( 1915-16), Eugenia Woodward ( 1915-16), Mary Worth ( 1915-16).
1915-16: The New York Idea, The Liars, Major Barbara, The Earth, Captain Brassbounds Conversion.
1917: Eve's Daughter, L'Elevation.
Forum, November 1917.
New York Dramatic Mirror, 1915-17.
New York Times, 1915-17.
Theatre Magazine, 1915-17.
New York, New York. New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Collection. Scrapbooks of Grace George and William Brady.
Thomas L. Hellie
GERMAN THEATRE STOCK COMPANY. The German Theatre Stock Company was the result of many years of effort by Philadelphia's German community to establish a permanent German-language theatre in its city. The company resided at its own theatre, the German Theatre, located in the midst of Philadelphia's most densely populated Teutonic neighborhood at the southwest corner of Girard Avenue and Franklin Street. The German Theatre Stock Company's expressed purpose was to bring conveniently accessible German- language entertainment to those German, Austrian, and Hungarian immigrants who still spoke German as a primary language. They also hoped to instill ethnic pride and an interest in the German language in older stock German Americans.
The efforts of the German Realty Construction Company to raise the funds necessary to build a Philadelphia home for the German-language drama began in the spring of 1904. The site was purchased at a cost of $42,500. Stock subscriptions were solicited to help raise the additional $150,000 needed to erect the theatre building. The Philadelphia German Society was instrumental in organizing and facilitating the project. After two years of planning, the German Theatre was finally opened in September 1906.
For almost a decade prior to this fruitful venture, German-language theatre had attempted permanent residence in Philadelphia. In 1899, Adolphe Phillip, a prominent German theatre entrepreneur from New York, made plans to form a German dramatic company at the Arch Street Theatre; however, the company never materialized. In 1901, the managers of the Thalia Theatre in New York did bring German drama to the Arch Street Theatre in the form of Wurster's German Stock Company. This company prospered for two seasons and, in 1903,