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The Yellow Jacket

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Identifier: MS-0537

This three act play, entitled The Yellow Jacket, was written by George C. Hazelton and James C. Benrimo and performed numerous times between 1916 and 1928. It tells the story of a rejected son regaining his rightful throne and was celebrated as a charming example of true Chinese theater. Charles D. Coburn both produced the play and starred as one of the main characters. A note on the first page of the first act indicates that this copy of the script refers to the play as presented at U.T. summer school by the Coburn Players--also given in New York City in special performances--L.T. [Laura Thornburgh]. Also included is a sheet of manila paper containing notes about the performance.

Dates

  • 1923

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This three act play, entitled The Yellow Jacket, was written by George C. Hazelton and James C. Benrimo and performed numerous times between 1916 and 1928. It tells the story of a rejected son regaining his rightful throne and was celebrated as a charming example of true Chinese theater. Charles D. Coburn both produced the play and starred as one of the main characters. A note on the first page of the first act indicates that this copy of the script refers to the play as presented at U.T. summer school by the Coburn Players--also given in New York City in special performances--L.T. [Laura Thornburgh]. Also included is a sheet of manila paper containing notes about the performance.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Cochrane Hazelton was born to George Cochrane and Ellen (Van Antwerp) Hazelton in Boscobel, Wisconsin on January 20, 1868. He studied at the Greylock Institute in Massachusetts and in the Preparatory Department of Columbian (now George Washington) University before earning his LL.B. (1895) and LL.M (1896) from Columbian. He married Byrd C. Quin and the couple had one daughter, Byrd C. Hazelton. In order to study drama and dramatic writing, Hazelton acted with the Booth-Barrett Company (1890-1891 season) and with the Modjeska Company (1891-1892 and 1892-1893 seasons). He went on to practice law in Washington (1895-1897), Philadelphia (1898-1900), and New York (1901-1921) and to write a number of books and plays, including The National Capitol, Its Architecture, Art and History (1897), Mistress Nell, A Merry Tale of a Merry Time (1901), Edgar Allan Poe (produced as Creston Clarke, 1895), and The Yellow Jacket (1913). Hazelton died on June 21, 1921.

Laura Thornburgh was born to Jacob Montgomery and Laura Emma (Pettibone) Thornburgh on February 8, 1885 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was educated at the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1904. She was devoted to the Great Smoky Mountains, where she enjoyed hiking and camping. Thornburgh wrote several books, including Motion Pictures in Education (1923), Etiquette for everybody: a guide to social usage for old and young (1923), The Etiquette of Letter Writing (1924), Interior decorating for everybody (1925), The Psychologist Keeps House (1930), and her most famous, The Great Smoky Mountains (1937). She died on March 28, 1973 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Laura Thornburgh donated this script to Special Collections in March of 1970.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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