Provincetown Players

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Provincetown Players
Provincetown Theatre - Van Vechten.jpg
The original Provincetown Theater.
Formation 1915 (1915)
Extinction 1929 (1929)
Type Theatre group
Purpose amateur productions of new, experimental theatre
  • Cape Cod
    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."[1] 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.


Further reading[edit]

  • 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.)


  1. ^ Carpentier, Martha. ""Susan Glaspell: New Directions in Critical Inquiry"". Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

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