|Play||The Silver Box;|
|People Involved||Russell, David; Forester, Margaret; Wilkinson, Roland; Tinkle, J. Lon; Myatt, Helen; Ross, Hugh; Campbell, Linouise; Chapman, John; Downs, Margaret; Peeples, Cecil; Steinman, George; Jay, Pinkie; Dunlap, Emma V.; Ley, Eula Estelle; Smith, Rhea; Hamilton, Herbert; Yoder, Theodore; Buckner, Emory; Childers, Paul;|
|Organizations Involved||Arden Club;|
The Arden Club
Southern Methodist University
THE SILVER BOX
April 14 and 15, 1927, 8:15 P.M.
John Barthwick, M.P., a wealthy liberal – David Russell
Mrs. Barthwick, his wife – Margaret Forester
Jack, their son – Roland Wilkinson
Roper, their solicitor – J. Lon Tinkle
Mrs. Jones, the charwoman – Helen Myatt
Marlow, the man servant – Hugh Ross
Wheeler, the main – Linouise Campbell
Jones, the stranger – John Chapman
Mrs. Seddon, a landlady – Margaret Downs
Snow, a detective – Cecil Peeples
Police Magistrate – George Steinman
An Unknown Lady – Pinkie Jay
Theresa Livins – Emma V. Dunlap
Maud Livins – Eula Estelle Ley
Livins – Rhea Smith
Relieving Officer – Herbert Hamilton
Clerk – Theodore Yoder
Usher – Emory Buckner
Constable – Paul Childers
Time – The Present, about Easter
Scene I-John Barthwick’s dining room.
Scenes II and III-Same.
Scene II – Same as Act I.
A London police court.
At the close of the first scene the house will be dark to suggest the passing of a few hours.
John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright. He was born on August 14, 1867 in Surrey, which is a region in the southeastern part of England. His father was a renowned lawyer in London and Galsworthy would soon go on to follow in the footsteps of his father. He graduated with honors at Oxford University and was granted admission to the bar in 1890, but would soon become a prolific writer. His passion for the law is seen in many of his plays, most notably in The Silver Box , Justice, and Loyalties. The Silver Box was his first play and was produced in 1906. These three plays all share a common theme. In these plays, justice is legally carried out, but a great deal of social harm results from the implementation of the law. It’s postulated that Galsworthy believed that the legal system is an institution that carries out the interests of the powerful while deceitfully acting as if it cares for the interest of all people.
Bates, Ernest. “John Galsworthy.” English Journal, vol. 22, National Council of Teachers of English, etc., Jan. 1933, http://search.proquest.com/docview/1290301476/.