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University Players

1958
A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Legends of Lovers by Jean Anouilh
The Burnt Flower Bed by Ugo Betti
An Evening of Tennessee Williams: Autio-Da-Fe, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, The Unsatisfactory Supper
Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
Purple Dust by Sean O'Casey
Two Gentlemen of Verona

1957
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Skin of Out Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
The Enchanted by Jean Giraudoux
The Love of Don Perimplin for Belisa in the Garden by Garcia Lorca
The Wedding by J.M. Synge
Shadow of Gunman by Sean O'Casey
Love's Labour Lost
Lord Byron's Love Letter by Tennessee Williams

1956
Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas
Blood Wedding by Garcia Lorca
The Grass Harp by Truman Capote
The Father by August Strindberg
Ring Around the Moon by Jean Anouilh
The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden by Thornton Wilder
Bedtime Story by Sean O'Casey
As You Like It

1954
Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
Right You Are by Luigi Pirandello
Penny for a Song by John Whiting, AMERICAN PREMIER
Theatre of the Soul by Nicolai Evreinof
Queens of France by Thornton Wilder
Village Wooing by George Bernard Shaw
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
Show Loves Me Not by Howard Lindsay
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll adapted by Mario Siletti
Twelfth Night

1953
Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams
The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
The Infernal Machine by Jean Cocteau
Hello Out There by William Saroyan
The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux
Red Peppers by Noël Coward
An Italian Straw Hat by Eugene Latiche
The Tempest

In 1951 and 1952, no productions were stage due to the Korean War

1950
Coriolanus
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
Too Many Thumbs by Robert hivnor
The Family Reunion by T.S. Eliot
Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

1949
The Vegetable by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Cathleen Ni Houlihan by W.B. Yeats
Purgatory by W.B. Yeats
The End of the Beginning by W.B. Yeats
The Streets of New York by Dion Bcucicault

1948
No Exit by Jean Paul Satre
how He Lied to Her Husband by George Bernard Shaw
The Beautiful People by William Saroyan
Yes Is for a Very Young Man by Gertrude Stein

In July 1933 a fire devastated the theater, starting in the basement and burning up the entire stage. It was renovated over the summer'

1931
Paris Found by Philip Barry
Interference by Ronald Pertwee and Harold Dearden
Mr. Pim Passes by A.A. Milne
Coquette by Ann Bridgers and George Abbott
Her Cardboard Lover by Jacques Deval
The Trial of Mary Dugan by Bayard Veiller
The Guardsman by Ferenc Molar
Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey
The Silent House by John Brandon and George Pickett
The Italian Straw Hat by Iabiche

1930
Murray Hill by Leslie Hoawrd
The Wooden Kimono by Bretaigne
The Watched Pot by Saki and Charles Maude
Thunder on the Left by Christopher Morley
The Makropculos Secret by Karel Capek
The Firebrand by Edwin Justus Mayer
Hell Bent for Heaven by Hatcher Hughes
The Marguise by Noël Coward
A Kiss for Cinderella by J.M. Barrie

1929
The Devil in the Cheese by Tom Cushing
The Donovan Affair by Cwendavis, directed by Henry Fonda
Outward Bound by Sutton Vane
The Last Warning, directed by Bretaigne Windust '28
Merton of the Movies by Harry Wilson
Crime by Kent Smith
The Bad Man by Porter Browne
The Czarina by Melchior Lengyel and Ludwig Biro
The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy and Basil Dean, directed by Charles Leatherbee

1928
The Dover Road by A.A. Milne
Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O'Neill
The Tourchbearers by George Kelly
The Jest by Sam Benelli
In the Next Room
The New Way by Annie Mathan Meyer
Is Zat So
The Thirteenth Chair

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University Players

The University Players was primarily a summer stock theater company located in West Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, from 1928 to 1932. It was formed in 1928 by eighteen college undergraduates. Notable among them were Eleanor Phelps of Vassar, two undergraduates at Princeton, Bretaigne Windust and Erik Barnouw, and several undergraduates at Harvard, Charles Crane Leatherbee (grandson of American diplomat and philanthropist Charles Richard Crane), Kent Smith, Kingsley Perry, Bartlett Quigley (father of American actress Jane Alexander), and John Swope (son of GE President Gerard Swope and later Hollywood and Life Magazine photographer and husband of actress Dorothy McGuire). Several others of its members who had their first professional experiences with the University Players went on to achieve fame in the theater and film industry, including Joshua Logan, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan, Mildred Natwick, Aleta Freel, Barbara O'Neil, Myron McCormick, Charles Arnt, Karl Swenson, Kent Smith, Norris Houghton, Frieda Altman, Elsie Schauffler, and Philip Faversham.

Romances born of the University Players led to four marriages: Barbara O'Neil to Joshua Logan for a few years in the 1930s; Logan's little sister Mary Lee Logan to Charles Leatherbee; and that of a few "happy" months in 1932 between actress Margaret Sullavan and actor Henry Fonda; and future author Peggy Friedlander to future English professor Roy Lamson.

Karl Swenson - Stage Name "Peter Wayne"
... assistant stage manager for that production and one of the founding directors of the University Players, a summer stock company in West Falmouth on Cape Cod ... As a principal player with University Players during its summer seasons of 1931 and 1932, and during its 18-week winter season in Baltimore, Maryland, in between, Swenson, as Peter Wayne, acted alongside such ... University Players mounted an original production entitled Carry Nation ...
Bretaigne Windust - Career
... Windust co-founded with Charles Leatherbee the University Players in 1928 on Cape Cod in Falmouth, Massachusetts ... an assistant stage manager in 1929, he maintained his position as a director of the University Players in the off-season when they performed on Cape Cod through the summer of 1932 ... the Theatre Guild briefly during the winter season of 1931-32 to direct the University Players through its 18-week winter season in Baltimore ...

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