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Macondria theater ephemera : and related materials, approximately 1900-2002 (bulk 1928-1938).
BANC MSS 2013/119 box 1; BANC MSS 2013/119 v.1; BANC MSS 2013/119
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Macondria theater ephemera: and related materials, approximately 1900-2002 (bulk 1928-1938)


Macondria (San Francisco, Calif.), creator, creator.


Burkhardt, George (George Henry), 1883-1950


Burkhardt, Kathryn Dodge, 1899-1994


Beardsley, Marion Dodge, 1907-1993


Dodge, Arthur Burnside, 1865-1952


Dodge, David Francis, 1860-1952


Scrapbook, compiled by Kathryn Dodge Burkhardt, of playbills, photographs, and other ephemera of the Macondray Lane Players' performances at Macondria. Miscellaneous materials include additional copies of playbills and other printed ephemera (flyers, tickets), the woodblock used to print tickets, newsclippings, material related to the Pine Street Players, and materials related to other members of the Dodge family: Marion Dodge Beardsley, Arthur Burnside Dodge, and David Francis (D. Frank) Dodge.


1928 (issued)


Burkhardt, George (George Henry) -- 1883-1950
Dodge, David -- 1910-1974
Macondria (San Francisco, Calif.)
Macondray Lane Players.
Pine Street Players.
Amateur theater -- California -- San Francisco
Theater -- California -- San Francisco


Macondria theater ephemera, BANC MSS 2013/119, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of David Schubert and Rebecca Smith; 20130321.
Related collection: David Dodge papers (BANC MSS 2012/220).
Etching of L.A. Chinatown scene by Arthur Burnside Dodge transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2013.114).
Macondria was a little theater that served as home to the Macondray Lane Players, a group of amateur playwrights, producers, and actors founded in 1927 by George Henry Burkhardt, whose goal was to create theater purely for pleasure. Located in the basement of Burkhardt's house at 56 Macondray Lane on San Francisco's Russian Hill, Macondria was home to 120 world premieres of original plays in its ten years of existence. Three plays originally written for Macondria were honored with awards by the Northern California Drama Association: Burkhardt's "Oriental Fragrance" won first prize in 1935, David Dodge's "A Certain Man Had Two Sons" won first prize in 1936, and Frances Montgomery's "The Last Buffalo" won second prize in 1937. The theater closed when a fire razed the Burkhardt house in 1938. Regular company members included Morris Shaw, Kathryn Dodge Burkhardt, Frances Montgomery, Steve Broder, Harvey and Edith Muldoon, Whitney Henry, Enola Barker, Lettie Connell (Kathryn Dodge Burkhardt's daughter), and Elva Keith (David Dodge's wife).


Playbills-California-San Francisco-20th century.

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BANC MSS 2013/119 box 1
BANC MSS 2013/119 v.1
BANC MSS 2013/119