Hello, blog fans!  Yes, I know it’s Thursday, not Wednesday.  The air conditioning in our administration building failed over the weekend, and we had to turn off our server because it was overheating – so no internet access for blogging yesterday!  But we’re back in business today (and at least our power is on, unlike many homes and businesses around the county). 

Just a quick post today, to get this thing out into the world.  Here are a few pages of the program for the Roadside Theatre’s 1940 production of “A Black Sheep” (in the interest of time I didn’t scan all the advertisements) – click on the images to see a larger, readable, version.  We have a number of theater programs in the library and archive collections, from well-remembered favorites (like the Olney Theatre and the Shady Grove Music Fair), current troupes, and mostly-forgotten groups like the Roadside.

Richard P. Creyke and Walter Pick founded the Roadside Theatre in 1934, in an old factory next to the railroad tracks in Halpine (near the present-day Twinbrook Metro). Whenever a train went by, the actors froze in place so the show wouldn’t be interrupted by the noise. After a few years, the theater moved to a barn further south along Rockville Pike, near Georgetown Prep. To accommodate their audience, they ran shuttle buses from downtown Washington to the theater every Monday. Despite the theater’s initial success, war-time gasoline rationing caused a sharp decrease in attendance, and Roadside closed after the 1941 season.

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