Program, The Romantic Age, Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15, 1928.

Club Year1928-1929
Playwright Milne, A. A.;
Play The Romantic Age;
People Involved Renshaw, Edyth; McClain, Frances; Jay, Josephine; Boli, Carolyn; Dillard, Doris; Shuey, Charles; Carlin, James; Slater, Eugene (Edwin); Buckner, Emory; Shappard, William;

The Arden Club





By A.A. Milne

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 15, 1928

Edyth Renshaw, Director



Mrs. Knowle – Frances McClain

Melisande, her daughter – Josephine Jay

Jane Bagot, her niece – Carolyn Boli

Alice, the Maid – Doris Dillard

Mr. Knowle – Charles Shuey

Bobby Coate – James Carlin

Gervase Mallory – William Shappard

Ern – Edwin Slater

Master Susan – Emory Buckner



Act I—The living-room of Mr. Knowle’s country home. Evening.

Act II—A glade in the woods. Early Morning.

Act III—The Knowle’s living-room again. Afternoon.


The Senior Arden Club opened the 1928-29 season with A. A. Milne’s romantic comedy, “The Romantic Age” in Arden Hall. The 3-act play performed two nights and received favorable notices in the Dallas Newspapers. The Dallas Morning News reports that on Wednesday, November 14th, the audience consisted of 150people who enjoyed the performance and appreciated the opportunity to see their friends under the spotlight. According to The Rotunda, the Arden Club’s 1928-29 season was unusually successful and the golden age for Arden under Director Edyth Renshaw. Edyth Renshaw attended SMU as an undergraduate and was a member of the Arden Club. She joined the club following her mentor, Professor Mary McCord. After graduation, Edyth continued to direct numerous plays for the Arden Club and the local Dallas community. Additionally, she helped start and grow the McCord/Renshaw collection at the Hamon Arts Library. Edyth Renshaw retired in 1967 and had a tremendous impact on the SMU community and the Arden Club.



Archives of Women of the Southwest

The Dallas Morning News [November 14th, 1928]

The Rotunda [1928]