Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson
Women’s Heritage Trail
— Summit Playhouse —
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
–Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson.
(Inscription in the two boxes on the left) (Top box)
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.
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Women. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 40° 42.907′ N, 74° 21.908′ W. Marker is in Summit, New Jersey, in Union County. Marker is on New England Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 New England Avenue, Summit NJ 07901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.