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Collection Federal Theatre Project, 1935 to 1939

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus (Christopher Marlowe)

New York, January 8, 1937

Maxine Elliott's Theatre
Directed by Orson Welles
Music by Paul Bowles

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Credits

  • Title - Tragical History of Dr. Faustus
  • Author - Marlowe, Christopher
  • Location - New York, New York (Maxine Elliott Theatre)
  • Date - January 8, 1937
  • Genre - Tragedy
  • Director - Orson Welles
  • Composer - Paul Bowles
  • Conductor - Jacques Gottlieb
  • Costume Designer - Orson Welles
  • Set Designer - Kirk Clover
  • Lighting Director - Abe Feder
  • Stage Managers - William L. Greenbaum (head), Charles Pittenger, Carol King, and Walter Leroy
  • Managing Producer - John Houseman

Cast

  • The Pope - Charles Peyton
  • Cardinal of Lorrain - J. Headley
  • Faustus - Orson Welles
  • Valdes - Bernard Savage
  • Cornelius - Myron Paulson
  • Wagner - Arthur Spencer
  • First Scholar - William Hitch
  • Second Scholar - Joseph Wooll
  • Third Scholar - Huntly Weston
  • Clown - Harry McKee
  • Robin - Hiram Sherman
  • Ralph - Wallace Acton
  • Vinter - George Smithfield
  • Old Man - George Duthie
  • First Friar - Edward Hemmer
  • Mephistophilis - Jack Carter
  • Spirit in the Shape of Helen of Troy - Paula Laurence
  • Seven Deadly Sins
    • Pride - Elizabeth Malone
    • Covetousness - Jane Hale
    • Wrath - Helena Rapport
    • Envy - Cora Burlar
    • Gluttony - Della Ford
    • Sloth - Nina Salama
  • Lechery - Lee Molnar Baliol - Larry Lauria Belcher - Clarence Yates
  • Friars - Richie White, Jack Mealy, Warren Goddard, Robert Hopkins, Peter Barbier, Henry Russelle, Henry Howard, Louis Pennywell, Harry Singer, Solomon Goldstein, Walter Palm, Marcel Rousseau, Frank Kelly, Charles Uday
  • Puppets - Bill Baird
  • Masks - James Cochrane

New Orleans, June 8, 1937

2301 Tulane Ave
Directed by William Armitage
Music by 16 Century composers

Items

Credits

  • Title - Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, The
  • Author - Marlowe, Christopher
  • Location - New Orleans, Louisiana(2301 Tulane Ave)
  • Date - June 8, 1937
  • Genre - Drama/Tragedy
  • Director - William Armitage
  • Composer - 16th Century composers
  • Conductor - Zelda Hunt
  • Costume Designer - William Perkins
  • Set Designer - William Perkins
  • Tech Director - Earl Crumb
  • Assistant Director - John McGee

Cast

  • Faustus - Walter Armitage
  • Wagner, Alexander - Hugh Beaumont
  • Good Angel, Paramour - Maud Hollingsworth
  • Evil Angel, Horse Courser - Josef Lehmann
  • Valdes, Wrath, Prince of Rome - John Flynn
  • Cornelius, Lucifer, First Scholar - Karst Connell
  • First Scholar, Devil, Covetousness - Manuel Fernandez
  • Second Scholar, Vintner,
  • Fourth Friar - Charles Williams
  • Mephistophilis - Charles Nielsen
  • Baliol, Robin, Third Scholar - John Dillon
  • Belcher, Third Friar, Duke of VanHolt,
  • Second Scholar - Malcolm Andry
  • Clown, Gluttony, First Friar, Old Man - Fred C. Madden
  • Ralph - William Trone
  • Pride - Clare Farnum
  • Envy - Pauline Mallitz
  • Sloth, Second Friar - Maurice Harding
  • Lechery - Bessie Shields Fourton
  • Cardinal of Lorrain - Patrick Brennan
  • Emperor - Edward Dillon
  • Dancer - Juliette Wise
  • Duchess of VanHolt - Inez Mari
  • Helen of Greece - Dale Owens
  • Chorus - Carol Wood, Dale Owens, Clare Farnum, Pauline Malitz, Polly Perkins, Bessie Shields Fourton, Inez Mari
  • Devils - Josef Lehmann, Charles Williams, William Trone, Manuel Fernandez, Maurice Harding, Herbert Arnold, William Burghardt, Charles Kronlage

Boston, November 22, 1937

Copley Theatre
Directed by Eliot Duvey
Music Arranged by Charles Frank

Items

Credits

  • Title - Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, The
  • Author - Marlowe, Christopher
  • Location - Boston, Massachusetts(Copley Theatre)
  • Date - Nov. 22, 1937
  • Genre - Drama/Tragedy
  • Director - Eliot Duvey
  • Composer - music arranged by Charles Frank
  • Costume Designer - Catherine Pearson
  • Set Designer - Paul Cadorette
  • Stage Manager - Paul Sheehan
  • Choreographer - Burt Kelsey

Cast

  • Faustus - Glenn Wilson
  • Wagner, Covetousness - Jack Granfield
  • Good Angel, Paramour - Elsa Tashko
  • Evil Angel, Baliol, Emperor, Horse Courser - Harry Lowell
  • Valdes, Cardinal of Lorrain, Old Man - William Warren
  • Cornelius, Belzebub, Third Scholar - Edward O'Donnell
  • First Scholar, Belcher, SLoth - Charles McFarland
  • Second Scholar, Ralph, Pride - Edward Dillon
  • Mephistophilis - Basil Burwell
  • Clown, Robin, First Friar - Burt Kelsey
  • Lucifer, Wrath, Alexander - Fritz Eisenmann
  • Envy - Anita Webb
  • Gluttony, Vintner, Prince of Rome - John Lyons
  • Lechery - Muriel Woodward
  • Duchess of VanHolt - Winifred Douglass
  • Helen of Troy - Florence Walsh
  • Devils - Charles McFarland, Jack Granfield, Harry Lowell

Detroit, July 1-11, 1937

Peoples Theatre
Directed by Verner Haldene

Items

  • production notebook
    • reports....................pg. 7-21
    • reviews...................pg. 22-27
    • audience reactions...pg. 28-31
    • playbills...................pg. 32-36
    • photos.....................pg. 37-41

Credits

  • Title - Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, The
  • Author - Marlowe, Christopher
  • adapted by - Kimon Friar
  • Location - Detroit, Michigan(People's Theatre)
  • Date - July 1 - 11, 1937
  • Genre - Drama/Tragedy
  • Director - Verner Haldene
  • Composer - Sound recording of Stravinsky ("The Firebird")
  • Costume Designer - Stephen Nastfogel
  • Set Designer - Stephen Nastfogel

Cast

  • Faustus - Robert Lowes
  • Wagner - Chester Adams
  • Mephistopheles - A. Courney White

Detroit, January 7 and 19, 1938

Northwestern High School (Jan 7) and Grosse Pointe High School (Jan 19)
Directed by Verner Haldene

Items

Credits

  • Title - Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, The
  • Author - Marlowe, Christopher
  • Location - Detroit, Michigan (Northwestern High School and Grosse Pointe High School)
  • Date - Jan 7 and Jan 19, 1938
  • Genre - Drama/Tragedy
  • Director - Verner Haldene
  • Composer - sound recording of Stravinsky ("The Firebird")
  • Costume Designer - Stephen Nastfogel
  • Set Designer - Stephen Nastfogel

Cast

  • Faustus - Ray Rawlings
  • Wagner - Carl Dahl
  • Mephistopheles - A. Courtney White

Atlanta, July 27, 1937

Atlanta Theatre
Directed by William Armitage
Music by 16 Century composers, primarily Fortunatus

Items

Credits

  • Title - Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, The
  • Author - Marlowe, Christopher
  • Location - Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta Theatre)
  • Date - July 27, 1937
  • Genre - Drama/Tragedy
  • Director - Walter Armitage
  • Composer - 16th century music, primarily Fortunatus
  • Conductor - Walter Sheets
  • Costume Designer - William Perkins
  • Set Designer - Josef Lentz
  • Assistant Director - Vernon Williams
  • Art Director - Julian Harris
  • Publicity - Gilbert Maxwell
  • Stage Manager - Rauenal Campbell
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Harry Lee
  • Agent Cashier - Roy Grizzell
  • Construction - Julius McMillan
  • Props - W.O. Kirk
  • Lighting - B.F. Beattie
  • Costumes - Doris Roberts
  • Programs - Jack Barefield
  • Promotion Manager - Ryan Mitchell

Cast

  • Faustus - Walter Armitage
  • Wagner - Jack Barefield
  • Good Angel - Evelyn Eden
  • Evil Angel - Maurice Fain
  • Valdes - Grady Barrow
  • Cornelius - Earle Clements, Jr.
  • First Scholar, Baliol - George Casky
  • Second Scholar - Jack Beckem
  • Third Scholar - Thurman Buice
  • Mephistophilis - Roy Elkins
  • Belcher - Ray Calhoun
  • Clown - Royal Mitchell
  • Devil - Guy Ray
  • Robin, Alexander - Carroll McGaughy
  • Ralph - Maurice Fry
  • Lucifer - Edwin Peebles
  • Pride, Paramour - Jean Flynt
  • Covetousness - G.W. Patton
  • Wrath - Clarence Pritchard
  • Envy - Byrd Strickland
  • Gluttony - James Owens
  • Sloth - Ralph Ellis
  • Lechery - Vera Thomas
  • Vintner - Bailey Waller
  • Prince of Rome - John Williams
  • Cardinal Lorrain - John King
  • First Friar, Fourth Scholar - Harry Lee
  • Second Friar - John Milton
  • Third Friar - William Gardner
  • Fourth Friar - Owen James
  • Emperor - Amasa Windham
  • Knight - Paul Carpenter
  • Horse Courser - W.I. Reese
  • Dancer - Martha de Golian
  • Duke of VanHolt - Roy Ellison
  • Duchess of VanHolt - Helen Stringfellow
  • Fifth Scholar - Don Tyner
  • Sixth Scholar - Winston Grubbs
  • Helen of Greece - Susan Falligant
  • Old Man - Gilbert Maxwell
  • Devils - Ray Calhoun, Amasa Windham, Earl Clements, G.W. Patton, James Owens, Clarence Pritchard, Bailey Waller
  • Attendants - George Casky, Don Tyner, Jack Beckham, Ray Calhoun
  • Chorus - Mildred Seals, Isabel Vretman, Veronique McBride, Rosser Miller, Elizabeth Buchannan, Betty Boorstein, Dorothy Jones, Gladys Cook, Frances Rollison, Martha de Golian, Mary Nell McKoin, Dorothy Harbort, Barbara Thrower, Susan Falligant
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