Program, The Tyranny of Tears, April 22nd 1919

Club Year1918-1919
Playwright Chambers, Haddon;
Play The Tyranny of Tears;
People Involved McCord, Mary; Ford, Gus; Thomas, George; Vivion, King; Hanson, Ruth; Dickson, Bruce; Crozier, Christine;
Arden Club


Southern Methodist University


“The Tyranny of Tears”


Haddon Chambers

Tuesday, April 22, 1919

At 8:15 P.M.

Director – M. McCord.



Mr. Parbury – Gus Ford

Mr. George Gunning – George Thomas

Colonel Armitage, Mrs. Parbury’s Father – King Vivion

Mrs. Parbury – Ruth Hanson

Miss Hyacinth Woodward – Bruce Dickson

Caroline, Mrs. Parbury’s Maid – Christine Crozier

The Four Acts take place in the home of Mr. Clement Parbury.


The study of Mr. Clement Parbury during the morning.


Time: Evening of the same day, after dinner.


Time: The next morning in the dining room.


In Mr. Parbury’s study on the same day.

Alternative TextThere is a stylized open books design along the header and runner of the program and centered at the top is a women’s portrait with two rose designs in her black hair.
In the Fall of 1918, the Arden Club had a limited number of members as five graduated in the spring. While the remaining members sought new members, the planning progression for plays slowed and no plays were ready by the Christmas holidays. In January, the club planned to participate in a Lyceum series that was offered at the University to provide entertainment to a high class for popular prices. The series consisted of performances from the SMU band, the Glee Club, the Choral Club, the Arden Club, and included speakers and lecturers. Tuesday night April 22nd, 1919 the Arden Club made their first on-campus appearance in the chapel presenting C. Haddon Chamber’s “Tyranny of Tears,” a four-act comedy of English Life. The cast consisted of four veteran members of the Arden Club: Hanson, Ford, Dickson, Thomas, and Vivion. Several campus sources highlight Arden Club’s 1919 senior president, Ruth Hanson, and her extraordinary performance playing the part of the weeping wife. Hanson built a well-liked and authentic character in the story of the wife who gains attention from her husband in her tears. Overall, the excellent portrayal of the characters and sly humor of this play was stated as well worth the wait as this was their first performance on campus for the 1919 year.



The Campus [1919]

A History of the Arden Club of Southern Methodist University from 1915 to 1942… Chapter IV p. 26 [1951]