The original Provincetown Theater.
|Purpose/focus||amateur productions of new, experimental theatre|
New York City
The Provincetown Players was a nonprofit theatre company started in Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The first modern theater devoted to producing original works by American playwrights, the company's founding has been called "the most important innovative moment in American theatre." Famed for staging the first productions of plays by several important playwrights, including Eugene O'Neill and Susan Glaspell, the group employed many other notable writers, artists, and actors.
The company was founded in 1915 under the leadership of George Cram Cook. Cook and his wife Susan Glaspell left the group in 1922. It disbanded in 1929.
- Kenton, Edna. The Provincetown Players and the Playwrights' Theatre, 1915-1922. McFarland & Company (August 2004).
- Sarlos, Robert K. Jig Cook and the Provincetown Players: Theatre in Ferment. University of Massachusetts Press (31 Dec 1982).
- Glaspell, Susan. The Road to the Temple. New York: Frederick A. Stokes and Company, 1927. (A posthumous biography of Cook.)
- Carpentier, Martha C. (2008). "Susan Glaspell: New Directions in Critical Inquiry." Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 2
- History of the Provincetown Playhouse
- Minute book of the Provincetown Players, Inc, 1916 Sep 04-1923 Nov 16, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts