“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Summit in Union County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson

Women’s Heritage Trail


—Summit Playhouse —

Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2016
1. Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson Marker
Inscription. Did you know that Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson: *Was a leader in the Little Theater Movement in the United States? *Co-founded this community theater in 1918? *Directed more than 130 productions in this theater? (She was its director for 51 years, from 1928-1979.) *Funded the Marjorie Jefferson auditorium in 1960? *Lived to be 100 years old (1887-1988)?

The name Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson is synonymous in Summit with this community theater. Her personality and her approach to theater were different and unique in many ways. She insisted that the audience must be seated on time and that the curtain rise at the precise time listed in the program. She wanted everything in each production to be authentic to the period of the play, including the set design and the costumes. She did not allow the actors to have understudies in order to keep the performances at a very high level. The theater group she helped found began as a local effort to raise funds for war relief and is one of the oldest active community theater companies in the nation.

“I never allowed the world amateur to be used in conjunction with the Summit Playhouse Association except in its true meaning: someone who does something for the love of it.”
–Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson.

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Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2016
2. Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson Marker
The Summit Playhouse is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail because of the significant contributions of Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson to the arts and culture in New Jersey.

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The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.
Erected by New Jersey Historic Trust-Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 40° 42.907′ N, 74° 21.908′ W. Marker is in Summit, New Jersey, in Union County. Marker is on New England Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 New England Avenue, Summit NJ 07901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summit Playhouse (here, next to this marker); Summit Opera House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florence Spearing Randolph (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 1.1 miles

Summit Playhouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2016
3. Summit Playhouse
away); Signal Beacon and the “Old Sow” (approx. 1.2 miles away); New Jersey Journal (approx. 1.7 miles away); Chatham Historic District (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Vernon School (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Summit.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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