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ALTA MAY COLEMAN
Alta May Coleman (d. 1931) worked as a press representative for various theater companies in the 1910s, and in the 1920s contributed essays to Theatre Magazine, including an early profile of Eugene O'Neill (1920). She wrote at least one play, Seven Up: A Farce in Three Acts, which was produced in 1919.
The cover, table of contents, and Alta May Coleman's article "The One Man Show" in Theatre Magazine 36.257 (August 1922)
Coleman's article features snippets from her interviews with performers notable for their ability to command an audience's attention while alone on the stage for long stretches: Ed Wynn was a long-time performer and writer for the Ziegfeld Follies, known for his character "The Perfect Fool." Jolson had already achieved national fame five years before his famous turn in The Jazz Singer (1927). This issue of Theatre also featured excerpts from Eugene O'Neill's newest play, The Hairy Ape, which the Provincetown Players premiered in 1922.