Light, James F.

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Director James Light (1894-1964) veteran of the Provincetown Players and its offshoot, the Experimental Theatre Company, was best known for his work with Eugene O'Neill, staging the original productions of THE EMPEROR JONES, THE GREAT GOD BROWN, and others.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, James Light came to New York in 1917, after graduating from Ohio State University, intending to pursue additional studies at Columbia. Through a chance meeting with George Cram Cook, artistic director of the Provincetown Players, Light was cast in a small role in Susan Glaspell's play CLOSE THE BOOK. Soon he left acting behind, and by 1920 was an associate director. He staged the premiere production of Eugene O'Neill's THE EMPEROR JONES that year, and later presented O'Neill's ALL GOD's CHILLUN GOT WINGS and THE GREAT GOD BROWN. James Light also directed E. E. Cummings' HIM, Virgil Geddes' THE EARTH BETWEEN, and Paul Green's IN ABRAHAM'S BOSOM. He later served as Dean of the Drama Faculty at The New School for Social Research in New York and taught at Yale University. James Light died in New York City on Feb. 11, 1964, at the age of 69.

From the description of James Light typescripts, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122686777

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creatorOf Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. E. E. Cummings collection of papers, 1916-1962 bulk (1939-1959). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf White, William, 1910-1995. Papers of William White [manuscript], 1875-1987. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Conroy, Jack, 1898-1990. Jack Conroy papers, 1924-1991. Newberry Library
creatorOf Light, James. James Light typescripts, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf White, William, 1910-1995. Collection of periodical literature related to Nathanael West / as collected by William White. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Papers of Eugene O'Neill [manuscript], 1918-1947. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Light, James. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1929. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Additional papers, 1917-1962 and undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings collection of papers, 1916-1962, 1939-1959 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Additional papers, 1917-1962 and undated. Houghton Library
creatorOf Provincetown Playhouse. Letters, 1925-1927, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Conroy, Jack, 1899-. Papers, 1947-1981. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill collection of papers, 1914-1963. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. person
associatedWith O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. person
associatedWith Provincetown Players. corporateBody
associatedWith Provincetown Playhouse. corporateBody
associatedWith White, William, 1910-1995. person
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