Other Plays by Frederic L. Day
Day, Frederic L. (aka Frederic Lansing Day, aka Fritz Day, American playwright, journalist, bank employee, b. Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1886-d. New Hampshire, U.S.A., 1982), “The Slump,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in a dingy room in a lower-middle-class home, about 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December, 1920,
© 1920 by Frederic L. Day;
• in Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.: Stewart & Kidd Company, 1920), 582 pp., selected and edited by Frank Shay and Pierre Loving, published with Joaquin and Serafin Alvarez Quintero's "A Sunny Morning [Mañana de sol]," a comedy, 2m2f; Lewis Beach's "Brothers," a comedy, 3m; Arnold Bennett's "A Good Woman," a farce, 2mlf; Anton Chekhov's "The Boor," a farce, 2mlf+ extras; Sada Cowan's "In the Morgue," a drama, 3m; Bosworth Crocker's "The Baby Carriage," a drama, 2m2f + 3 boy extras; Ernest Dowson's "The Pierrot of the Minute," a fantasy, lmlf; Mrs. Havelock Ellis' "The Subjection of Kezia," a comedy, 2m1f; Hildegarde Flanner's "Mansions," a drama, 1m2f; Guiseppe Giacosa's "The Rights of the Soul," a drama, 2m2f; Isabella Augusta Gregory's "The Workhouse Ward," a farce, 2m1f; St. John Hankin's "The Constant Lover," a comedy, 1m1f; Theresa Helburn's "Enter the Hero," a comedy, 1m3f; Federico More's "Interlude," a comedy, 1m1f; Dhan Gopal Mukerji's "The Judgment of Indra," a drama, 4m + 2m extras; David Pinski's "Forgotten Souls," a comedy; 1m2f; Arthur Schnitzler's "Literature," a comedy, 2mlf; J. H. Speenhoff’s "Louise," a drama, 2m2f; August Strindberg's "The Creditor," a drama, 2mlf+ 1m waiter, 2f extras; Frank G. Tompkins' "Sham," a satire, 2m1f; Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Madonna Dianora," a drama, Im2f; Stuart Walker's "The Medicine Show," a comedy, 3m + f voice; Rita Wellman's "For All Time," a drama, 1m3f; and Percival Wilde's "The Finger of God," a drama, 2m1f;
• also in Plays of the 47 Workshop (New York: Brentano's, 1925), LCCN 25-10868, with playwrights Mrs. Elizabeth (Higgins) Sullivan (1874-____), James Mahoney, William Howell Wells, containing "The Strongest Man," "The Mourner," and "Brotherhood";
• script/rights in public domain.
• Cited in 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol 2, (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0810836009, 475 pp.
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• First produced February 5, 1920, by The 47 Workshop, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
• Probably out of print.
• “Frederic Lansing Day . . . an American playwright . . . the son of H.B. Day the founder of the Day Trust Company was a Socialist and Unitarian. He graduated from Yale in 1908 and married Katharine Munroe (b. 1892 d. 1955) whom he later divorced. They had a home built in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1920, which remained in the family until 1956. He later remarried. Frederic Day worked briefly as a journalist and as an employee in his father's bank, but did poorly in both jobs and did not need full time employment to support his family. Day considered himself to be a failure having little success in regular employment and publishing a relatively small body of works, only one of which brought him any fame having been performed at a number of theaters. He is best known for two plays, The Makers of Light: A Play in Three Parts (1925) originally produced by The 47 Workshop of Harvard and published by Brentano's and The Slump (1920), also produced by The 47 Workshop. Makers of Light is a drama copyrighted by Day in 1920 and published in 1925. It was first shown at the Agassiz House Theater in Cambridge Nov. 25, 1921. The cast consisted of F.C. Packard, Jr., Angela Morris, Edith Coburn Noyes, Dorothy Sands, Oviatt McConnell, Henry Carlton, James Daly, F.L. Strong, Norman Clark, E.P. Goodnow and Robert Bushnell. It opened at the Neighborhood Playhouse of New York, the Little Theater of Cleveland and the Play House of Cleveland. ‘Makers of Light, when originally produced by the 47 Workshop made so deep an impression that later it was played at the Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City. Here it was again praised for its sincerity, subtle characterization of the chief figures and its power. Given at the Little Theater, Cleveland, in the winter of 1924, it was revived the following autumn.’ -Professor George P. Barker[.] The dedication to the Makers of Light reads, ‘To my father; For his affection in spite of disapproval, his loyalty in spite of disbelief.”—Frederic Lansing Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_Lansing_Day, accessed March 9, 2008.
• Research could include a family genealogist, Frederic Lloyd Day, P.O. Box 96, East Baldwin, Maine 04024, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; this is possibly a relative of Frederic Lansing Day.