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and Esther Webb, both of whom also did wall
decorations and metal work elsewhere in the
theatre.While participation in the School of the
Little Theatre and various activities such as
painting the set continued by artists such as
Bywaters, Hogue, and William Lester, the lounge
exhibits were much less frequent.
The first production of the 1936-1937
Season was Parnell, which included a cover
design by O'Neil Ford. Richard Foster Howard,
the director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts,
agreed to assist in arranging lounge exhibits as
"the hit or miss arrangements of last year were
found to be unsatisfactory."37 Howard arranged
the show entitled "Theatre Personalities," of
which a portion had been shown at the DMFA
in 1936. The show included portraits by
Bywaters, Ralph Browntree, Travis, and Hogue.38
Howard obviously took his new responsibility
seriously as lounge exhibits became more preva-
lent at the theatre. Works by Adele Brunet and
Hogue's Hockaday students, as well as ten paint-
ings from the Centennial Exposition were all
displayed prominently in the theatre lounge
throughout the season. In addition, the first pho-
tography show at the little theatre was held dur-
ing the production of Noah and included work
by Adelle Herring, Roland Beers, H. Stanley
Marcus,J. R. Mallory, Conrad Jacobs, and Hence
For the 1939-1940 season, the little theatre
showed photographs by the Camera Club of
Dallas and sculpture by Gladys Bush for Room
Service. For the production of Our Town, prints
from the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts were
shown, including the works of George Bellows,
Nicolai Cilovsky, Charles Turzok, William
Dickerson, A. G. Arnold, Sheffield Kagy, Briggs
Dyer,William Lester, and Jerry Bywaters. For the
production Susan and God, Peter Hurd showed
lithographs of scenes of contemporary life in
New Mexico and several portraits. The Lone
Star Printmakers exhibited with the production
of Ah, Wilderness. In the 1940-1941 season, the
Dallas Print Society assembled an exhibit enti-
tled "Horror of War" for the production of
Margin for Error. For Dollar Down the exhibit was
entitled, "Abstractions" and included work by
William Lester, Olin Travis, and Joellen Hall, as
well as an Emil Bisttram canvas loaned by
Hogue. The last lounge exhibit, of historical
Texas documents for the Alamo-themed pro-
duction We Are Besieged, was held in 1941.While
the exhibit was most likely fascinating, the little
theatre had moved away from its original mission
of its lounge exhibits--promoting local art.
The next year, Chicago Art Institute gradu-
ate Donald Vogel was hired by director Talbot
Pearson as custodian and night watchman at the
little theatre.39 Vogel soon took on the duties of
de facto technical director, including set design,
lighting, painting, and delivering things for the
theatre.40 In 1942 Vogel announced that "we
would have monthly exhibits in the theater
lobby with token prize monies given by a few
friends of the theater."41 While these lounge
exhibits were successful, they were short lived.
Due to a shortage of funds and cast members,
the Little Theatre of Dallas closed in 1943. *
1Laura Temple, "Dallas Little Theatre: A History"
(Master's thesis, Southern Methodist University, 1927).
2"Work Will Begin on Little Theater," The Dallas
Morning News, March 29, 1927 (hereafter cited as DMN).
3"Parnell," Little Theatre of Dallas, Mary
McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing
Arts, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, Texas, 1936, 5 (hereafter cited as
McCord/Renshaw Collection, SMU).
4Robert Crawford Eason, "The Dallas Little Theater:
The Maple Avenue Days" (Master's thesis, Trinity
5Little Theatre of Dallas, McCord/Renshaw Collection,
6Rick Stewart, Lone Star Regionalism: The Dallas Nine
and Their Circle (Austin: Texas Monthly Press, Inc., 1985),
7"Exhibition ofYoung Dallas Painters," Dallas Public Art
Gallery, February, 1932,Jerry Bywaters on Art of the
Southwest, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, Texas.
8Kendall Curlee, "Dallas Nine;'," Handbook of Texas
9"Contractors, Architects See Hall of State as
Fulfillment of Act Specifying Monument;'," DMN,
October 4, 1936.
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