Liebler, Theodore A.

Liebler, Theodore A.
   Born in New York shortly after his father was forced to depart from Germany for political reasons, Theodore A. Liebler studied art and worked as a lithographer. A fire at his studio forced him out of business, but he recouped by partnering with George C. Tyler to produce The Royal Box (1897). The play was a hit, leading Liebler and Tyler to establish a producing firm, Liebler & Co., that year, which became one of the dominant producing organizations prior to World War I. Among his remarkable 240 productions were some of the most popular plays of the era, including The Christian (1898), Children of the Ghetto (1899), Sag Harbor (1900), In the Palace of the King (1900), A Gentleman of France (1901), Raffles (1903), Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1904), The Squaw Man (1905), Salomy Jane (1907), The Man from Home (1908), Alias Jimmy Valentine (1910), Pomander Walk (1910), Disraeli (1911), and The Garden of Allah (1911). Liebler also produced American tours starring Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Eleonora Duse, Rejane, and the Abbey Theatre's Irish Players. The tour of the Irish Players set off riots of Irish-Americans who found J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World objectionable. Liebler's seemingly unerring sense for the tastes of the theatre-going public prior to World War I declined after the war and, following several failures, the company folded and he retired.
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