Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00228 - New Play Society Records (Downsview Offsite)

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New Play Society Records (Downsview Offsite)


  • 1946-1971 (Creation)

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250 boxes and items

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The New Play Society was founded by Dora Mavor Moore in Toronto in 1946. The company's first season was staged at the Royal Ontario Museum and included Synge's Playboy of the Western World, Strindberg's The Father, Maugham's The Circle and O'Neill's Ah! Wilderness. By the 1949-50 season, however, five of the company's nine productions were Canadian. In 1956, the company extended to include a school. But by 1960, the company was relying on virtually one production to assure its survival: Spring Thaw , an annual comedy revue that always did well. In 1971, a quarter-century after its foundation, the company's charter was laid to rest.

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The collection consists primarily of business records of the New Play Society, including those for its theatre school, as well as production files, correspondence, photographs and clippings. Material on Dora Mavor Moore can be found in the collection of her papers (MS Coll 00207).

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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