MACK-LEONE PLAYERS. See MACK-LEONE STOCK COMPANY.
MACK-LEONE STOCK COMPANY. The Mack-Leone Stock Company, ( Duluth, Minnesota), also known as the Jay Quigley Players, the H. E. Pierce Associated Players, Maude Leone and Associated Players, and the Mack-Leone Players, was organized by Willard Mack. After playing in St. Paul, Minnesota, it was engaged by Charles A. Marshall, manager of the Lyceum Theatre in Duluth. The first Duluth production was Hall Caine The Christian, which opened on July 9, 1907.
At the turn of the twentieth century there was a resurgence of small stock companies throughout the Midwest. Not only did the larger cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Omaha, Minneapolis, and St. Paul have their own companies, but smaller cities such as Fargo, North Dakota, and Duluth also had stock organizations. The Mack-Leone Stock Company was preceded in Duluth by the Ferris Comedians*, The Elliot-Courtnay Stock Company, the Northwestern Opera Company, and the Melbourne MacDowell Stock Company, only one of which, the Ferris Comedians, had a run of more than a few weeks. The Mack-Leone Stock Company led a relatively long but somewhat disjointed life. Under the leadership of Mack and Marshall and featuring Maude Leone, the first episode in the life of the company lasted nearly fifteen months. Following a very successful summer season of six weeks, during which time it was the sole occupant of the Lyceum, the Mack-Leone Stock Company shared the stage with road shows.
During the 1907-8 winter season, the company spent about one-half of its time on the road. Marshall, the manager of the Lyceum, who was the Theatrical Syndicate man for the northern portions of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, was also the president of the small Copper and Iron Circuit. This circuit of some forty theatres was one of the many smaller circuits owned by the Theatrical