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7 Hoping to improve American society, many of these early theatres aligned themselves with educational organizations or other cultural institutions including museums, orchestras, operas, and charities. 8 However, the inconsistent quality of work presented by these Little Theatres opened the door for criticism. ” Some have fine playhouses of their own; some have no abiding habitation or city of refuge. Some have thousands of subscribers and are firmly founded in the community life; others live from hand to mouth.
Gundry of Cleveland—opened offices on Euclid Avenue, Minerva Brooks was despondent to see many of her high-society acquaintances join their ranks. ”24 Such Building the House 19 aggravations were shared among many supporters in the suffragist cause. “No one knew better than the suffragists the long years of work and struggle they must contribute to their cause before it could triumph,” historian Aileen S. Kraditor notes in The Ideas of the Woman Suffrage Movement. ”25 Unfortunately for Minerva Brooks, the frustration of being an outsider in Cleveland society—as a suffragist and a politically liberal millionaire—was soon echoed by her short-lived involvement with the Play House.
12 In his biography of Rockefeller, Ron Chernow described what attracted the oil magnate to the plush location: With the spacious grandeur of a fine Victorian street, always busy with fashionable horses and carriages, the wide avenue had a double row of elms that created a tall, shady canopy overhead. The imposing homes were deeply recessed from the street, their trimmed lawns and shapely shrubbery providing buffer zones between the houses and their distant front gates. 14 By 1900, more than 260 homes lined Euclid Avenue between downtown and Ninetieth Street, but the famed boulevard would soon endure a rapid decline, thanks to the encroachment of commercialism and a progressive mayor who failed to heed the elite’s demands for isolation.
America’s First Regional Theatre: The Cleveland Play House and Its Search for a Home by Jeffrey Ullom (auth.)