La Shelle, Kirke

(1862-1905)
   Born in Wyoming, Illinois, Kirke La Shelle worked with various companies as business manager before launching himself as a producer in the 1890s. Most of his career was associated with musicals, but he produced such legitimate hits as The Earl of Pawtucket (1903) and The Virginian (1904). He dramatized the latter in collaboration with novelist Owen Wister.

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  • Arizona —    A melodrama in four acts by Augustus Thomas, Arizona opened on 10 September 1900 at the Herald Square Theatre under the management of Kirke La Shelle and Fred R. Hamlin for 140 performances. Lieutenant Denton, serving with the 11th Cavalry in… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • The Virginian —    This four act play adapted from Owen Wister s story by Wister and Kirke La Shelle opened on 5 January 1904 at the Manhattan Theatre for 138 performances, later playing a brief return engagement at the Academy of Music in 1905. Its popularity… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

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