"The White Slave" - SF Grand Opera House (1890)

The limited information on "The White Slave" at the Grand Opera House are from ads and the below article printed in the San Francisco Call at the end of April, 1890.


Name Role
Miss Julia Stuart Lisa, the white slave
Miss Annie Firmin Nance
John Jack William Henry Stick
George Caine William Lacey
Phillip Ray Bancroft Dobson, henchman
William Morris unknown

Newspaper Article

The Morning Call (San Francisco, California) - April 22, 1890

"The White Slave"

Though Bartley Campbell wrote some very successful plays much of the material was "borrowed" from other playwrights. "The White Slave," the product of his facile pen, bears in many phases a striking resemblance to Boucicault's "Octoroon." However, he only did what other dramatists have done and will go on doing so long as there is a stage to write for. At the Grand Opera House last evening "The White Slave" was given an airing. It is some time since it was seen previously in San Francisco. It is a good acting play and sustains its interest from the rise to the fall of the curtain. It is a vivid picture of the slavery days in the Southern States. Most of the characters introduced are taken from life. The Grand management spread themselves on the production of "The White Slave," and the scenic effects and general mounting did them much credit. The steamboat explosion and the burning bales of cotton going down stream was represented with life-like fidelity. On the whole, though its action was rather slow, the acting was generally very creditable. After one or two more performances it ought to go with much more verve. Miss Julia Stuart, a very attractive-looking and capable young actress, was specially engaged for the roll of Lisa (the white slave). She carried herself well throughout and where needed displayed considerable emotional power. Miss Stuart was called before the curtain at the end of the fifth act. Miss Annie Firmin's Nance was a very effective bit of dramatic work. Mr. John Jack was in good form as William Henry Stick. Mr. George Caine made William Lacey sufficiently brutal and repulsive, and Mr. Phillip Ray was well placed as his henchman Bancroft Dobson. "The White Slave" should do a good week's business.

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