Seriously, I knew nothing about the Provincetown Playhouse until Slay's post yesterday. Here's a quick crash course.
Their first year was financially profitable, mostly because productions were inexpensive with performers supplying their own costumes, and props borrowed or improvised. Because of growing subscriptions, the number of performances per week was increased. In those first two years, Eugene O'Neill had six new plays presented: Before Breakfast, Fog, The Sniper, 'Ile, The Long Voyage Home, and The Rope. Susan Glaspell had four plays produced: Trifles, The People, Close the Book, and Woman's Honor. Edna St. Vincent Millay, fresh from Vassar and with limited notoriety for her poetry, auditioned as an actress for the company and was cast. A few years later, her role would change to promising young playwright after her Aria Da Capo was produced. The Provincetown's first full-length play was given in April 1918, The Athenian Women, by George Cram Cook. In the audience on opening night was political activist Emma Goldman who brought her friend Mary Eleanor Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald eventually became the managing director of the Provincetown and one of the company's few paid employees.