Biography and History

Princeton Playgoers, Inc. was a theater production company formed in 1942, during the wartime period when the engagements of Triangle Club were limited. Princeton Playgoers, Inc. leased McCarter Theatre for the summer of 1942, and staged an impressively busy string of shows, the highlight of which was a weeklong production of Othello starring Paul Robeson. Tickets for the summer theater series were sold on a subscription basis and many of the shows were sold out. The following year McCarter ceased to operate as a theatrical venue, and did not reopen until 1945. Unlike Triangle Club or other Princeton theatre organizations, PPI's productions stage shows featured professional actors and directors, rather than students.

Source: From the finding aid for AC315

  • Princeton Playgoers, Inc. records. 1941-1942 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC315

    Princeton Playgoers, Inc. was a theater production company formed in 1942, during the wartime period when the engagements of Triangle Club were limited. The records consist of financial records, correspondence, records of ticket sales, advertisements, contracts, and other materials documenting the planning and production of plays at McCarter Theatre in the summer of 1942.

  • Princeton Playgoers, Inc. records. 1941-1942 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC315

    Princeton Playgoers, Inc. was a theater production company formed in 1942, during the wartime period when the engagements of Triangle Club were limited. The records consist of financial records, correspondence, records of ticket sales, advertisements, contracts, and other materials documenting the planning and production of plays at McCarter Theatre in the summer of 1942.