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The Cleveland Play House; How It Began

Flory, Julia McCune

Published by The Press of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1965
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xii, [2], 132, [4], Illustrated Inscribed on fep to Deborah and Henry Metzger. {possibly the Henry Metzger who was the Superintendent of the Jones Home for Friendless Children). Julia McCune Flory (1882-1971), an author and book illustrator, traveled through North Africa in the 1920s with Dr. Gertrude E. Sturges and later wrote about her journey in hopes of publishing her experiences as a book entitled "On the Road to Kairowan." She was a founding member, with her husband, of the Cleveland Play House. Cleveland Play House (CPH) is a professional regional theater company located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded in 1915 and built its own noted theater complex in 1927. Currently the company performs at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square where it has been based since 2011. Cleveland Play House is organized like most American theater companies, with a board of directors and a number of administrators. The Board of Directors is chaired by Alec Pendleton. The Artistic Director is Laura Kepley and the Managing Director is Kevin Moore. The theater's national directors are Alan Alda, Austin Pendleton, and Joel Grey. The theatre received the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 7, 2015 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In the early 1900s Cleveland theatre featured mostly vaudeville, melodrama, burlesque and light entertainment. In 1915 a select group of ten Clevelanders met in the home of Charles S. and Minerva Brooks to discuss the formation of an Art Theatre. Those present in addition to the Brooks were Walter and Julia McCune Flory, Raymond O'Neil, Ernest and Katherine Angell, Henry and Anna Hohnhorst, George Clisbee, Grace Treat, and Marthena Barrie. Together, they formed Cleveland Play House and named Raymond O'Neil as the Director. Their initial productions were performed in a home donated by Cleveland industrialist Francis Drury located at East 85th and Euclid Avenue. O'Neil was a devotee of the artistic ideals of Edward Gordon Craig, and the Play House's earliest productions reflect this. The founders of the Play House were bohemians and suffragists, and were thus outsiders in conservative Cleveland society. As a result, the Play House in its early years performed for a select group of individuals interested in avant-garde art, rather than the larger community of Cleveland.After moving through several facilities in its first two years, the Play House purchased and renovated a church at Cedar Avenue and East 73rd Street, and opened the Cedar Avenue Theatre in December 1917. The new facility seated 160 and marked a turn toward professionalism. Soon after this, the Play House began to struggle financially, and the Board of Directors became increasingly dissatisfied with Raymond O'Neil's leadership. The resulting arguments led to O'Neil's resignation in 1921. The Board subsequently hired Frederic McConnell as the next Director, along with his associates K. Elmo Lowe and Max Eisenstat as assistants. The three transformed CPH into a popular regional theatre, ushering in a long era of growth and prosperity. A new Cleveland Play House facility, built in 1927, housed the Brooks Theatre and the Drury Theatre. To accommodate its growth, CPH in 1949 opened the 77th Street Theatre in a converted church, which featured America s first open stage the forerunner of the thrust stage that was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. good, clear plastic wrapper with small pieces missing. Autographed Edition limited to Three Hundred numbered copies, fully signed by the author above the number 19. Bookseller Inventory # 72217

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Title: The Cleveland Play House; How It Began

Publisher: The Press of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Publication Date: 1965

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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