A plan for giving public performances of plays by students in Professor G. P. Baker's dramatic composition course, English '47, has just been completed. The new scheme will be inaugurated in Agassiz House Theatre next Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 o'clock. At this time will be produced "Molly Make-Believe," a four-act comedy built by Eleanor Hallowell. Abbott Coburn from her novel of the same title. Tickets may be obtained at the Co-operative Branch or at Agassiz House on the nights of the performances.
The foundation of this experimental theatre, known as the "47 Workshop," is the most recent development of Professor Baker's course in dramatic composition. The first intention of the workshop was merely to give the plays so that the authors might benefit by seeing their work actually produced. All the members of the course attended these private performances and were asked for specific criticisms, a feature which helped the author in revising and rewriting his composition.
Performances During Winter.
The innovation has been thoroughly tested throughout the winter. In January the workshop produced "Lina Amuses Herself," by W. F. Merrill '13, and the month following. "Educated," by Miss Marian Winnek, a Radcliffe College graduate. Two performances of each play were given by a cast chosen from persons interested in the workshop.
The private performances of "Molly Make-Believe," given two, weeks ago were so successful that public performances were determined upon. With Professor Baker's return from his lecture tour in the West, rehearsals will be resumed today so that the cast will be ready for the public performances in Agassiz House on Friday and Saturday.
Some of the persons most actively interested in this plan for giving preliminary performances of promising plays by present and former pupils of Professor Baker before the final working over of the plays for professional production, are: Miss Florence Lincoln, author of the first Craig prize play, "The End of the Bridge"; J. F. Ballard, A.M. '11, author of "Believe Me, Xantippe"; Elizabeth McFadden, author of "The Progress of Mrs. Alexander."