1920: Polly with a Past, A Prince There Was, The Land of Promise, Come Out of the Kitchen, Lombardi, Ltd., The Five Million, The Country Cousin, Cappy Ricks, Maggie, The Crimson Alibi, Thirty-Nine East, Because She Loved Him So, Too Many Husbands, Charley's Aunt.
1921: Adam and Eva, Smilin' Through, Wedding Bells, The Acquittal, Up in Mabel's Room, Daddies, Call the Doctor, The Charm School, Tiger Rose, Turn to the Right, Buddies, Night, Night, O Lady, Lady, Good Gracious Annabelle, Kick In.
1922: My Lady's Dress, Little Old New York, A Very Good Young Man, Three Wise Fools, Experience, The Broken Wing, The Nightcap, The Fortune Hunter. My Lady Friends, Smilin' Through, The Storm, Bought and Paid For, Fair and Warmer, Sauce for the Goose.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 1913-22.
Rochester Post Express, 1913-22.
Los Angeles, California. Private collection of Mari Kathleen Fielder. Programs and photographs.
Mari Kathleen Fielder
MANHATTAN PLAYERS, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. See MANHATTAN/CLAYTON BURNISON PLAYERS.
MARIONETTES. See HULL-HOUSE CHILDREN'S THEATRE.
MAYLON PLAYERS. In the summer of 1924, Harry W. Smith, manager of the Auditorium Theatre (built in Spokane, Washington, in 1890 at the corner of Main and Post streets), attempted to reestablish dramatic stock in Spokane by inviting the Maylon Players, a troupe headed by actor-manager Will Maylon, to play a season at the Auditorium. Maylon accepted the engagement, and the company opened on August 10, 1924, with Three Wild Nights, a mystery farce.
Resident stock had always been fairly popular in Spokane, although no subsequent company had as yet equaled the run of the successful Jessie Shirley Stock Company* ( 1905-9). Troupes such as the Ernest Wilkes Stock Company* and the American Players* had usually stayed for a season, then either disbanded or departed for another city. The disastrous run of the Woodward Players* ( 1918- 22) apparently convinced a number of pessimists that Spokane could no longer support a resident company in the face of heavy competition from vaudeville and films (there were at least nine movie theatres in town), and some people predicted an extremely short season for the Maylon group. However, the pessimists were proved completely wrong, for the Maylon Players caught on immediately and played five and a half seasons in Spokane, a run "unprecendented in the history of American dramatic stock companies" ( Billboard, February 8, 1930, p 29).