- Williams, John D.
- (1886-1941)Born in Boston, John D. Williams worked for producers Abraham L. Erlanger and Charles Frohman. When Frohman died on the torpedoed Lusitania in 1915, Williams began producing plays on his own, including Justice (1916), Our Betters (1917), The Copperhead (1918), Sleeping Partners (1918), Toby's Bow (1919), and the Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer PRizE-winning drama Beyond the Horizon (1920). Subsequently, Williams produced O'Neill's Gold (1921), as well as The Assumption of Hannele (1924), L'Aiglon (1927), A Man with Red Hair (1928), and Pagan Lady (1930). Also a director, Williams scored his greatest success staging Rain (1922).
The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. James Fisher.