Henry Jewett Players

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The Henry Jewett Players (ca.1910s-1930s) was a repertory theatre troupe established by actor Henry Jewett (1862-1930)[1] in Boston, Massachusetts. The group operated from the Boston Opera House (ca.1915); the Toy Theatre and Copley Theatre on Dartmouth Street (ca.1916-1924);[2] and the Repertory Theatre on Huntington Avenue (ca.1925-1930).[3][4] Performers included Peg Entwistle and Conway Wingfield.[5] A contemporary critic explained how the players worked: "Mr Jewett ... considers the term 'Stock Company' beneath the just merits and present ambitions of his organization, and insists that it be dignified by the name 'Repertory,' instead. There is justification for this to the extent that no member regularly plays 'leading' parts, but all are moved around in the cast from week to week, from important to minor roles. But the company is nevertheless not run on the European Repertory system by means of which several plays are put on within the week, but instead, follows the usual American fashion of playing each play for a week or more at a time."[6] The Jewett Players continued until around 1930.[7]

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Among the group's productions:

See also[edit]

  • Huntington Theatre Company, which now resides in the former Repertory Theatre (built in 1925 for the Jewett Players; bought in 1953 by Boston University)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry Jewett at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Blue Book of Cambridge, 1917
  3. ^ "Ask the Globe." Boston Globe, Aug 26, 1984
  4. ^ Huntington Theatre Co. Boston University Theatre. Retrieved 2012-02-26
  5. ^ a b c d e The Stage year book., London: Carson & Comerford., 1918 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Frank Chouteau Brown. "'The Hub' defies Broadway: the home of the stock company has never had to depend on erratic Broadway bookings." Theatre Magazine, v.34, 1921
  7. ^ Henry Jewett died in 1930. (Henry Jewett, 1861-1930. Oxford companion to American theatre. Oxford University Press, 2004)
  8. ^ Ibsen.net. Retrieved 2012-02-27
  9. ^ Bookseller, newsdealer and stationer, June 15, 1917
  10. ^ Boston Globe, May 22, 1917
  11. ^ Boston Globe, Feb. 2, 1918
  12. ^ a b Boston Globe, Jan. 24, 1919
  13. ^ Boston Globe, Feb. 10, 1920
  14. ^ The Drama, Jan. 1922
  15. ^ Boston Globe, Dec. 12, 1922
  16. ^ William V. Jackson. "Modern Spanish Plays Produced in the United States, 1900-1947." Hispania, Vol. 33, No. 2 (May, 1950), pp. 140-143

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