Oral Histories

Interview of Lenore Shanewise

Remembering the Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena Playhouse Oral History Series
Galm, Bernard
Shanewise, Lenore
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
8.5 hrs.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Series Statement:
This series documents the founding and early history of the Pasadena Playhouse.
Education; decision to work in theater at Iowa State Teachers College and University of Chicago; acting in New York; move to Hollywood, 1921; enrollment in Summer Art Colony session held by Gilmor Brown; employed by Brown as associate director, Pasadena Community Playhouse; description of Fair Oaks Playhouse; Pasadena community's relationship to Pasadena Playhouse; early plays and directors; building of El Molino Playhouse, 1925; The Amethyst, first production in new playhouse; Playhouse School of the Theatre; Padua Hills Players; El Pablo Players; Herschel Daugherty; Robert Preston; Albert McCleery; School of the Theatre faculty; Peer Gynt production; Irving Pichel; Jean Arthur; Raymond Burr; Hedda Gabler; premier performance of Lazarus Laughed; masks for chorus made at UCLA; Louise Pinckney Sooy; Eugene O'Neill; Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet; Actors Equity; the Playbox theater; Pasadena Playhouse and motion picture industry; Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy; Anne of the Thousand Days; Becket; Maurice Browne, Charles Laughton, and Elsa Lanchester; Laird Cregar; Victor Jory; Charles Muse; Mary Martin; Paul Muni; Lee J. Cobb; Gilmor Brown and Charles Prickett; Pasadena Playhouse's impact on theater world.