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date: 01 April 2020

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  • David J. Hough

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(b Harrisburg, pa , March 7, 1902; d Bedford, ny , June 20, 1975). American designer and historian . He began designing while a student at Harvard University, influenced by Professor George Pierce Baker and the emerging stagecraft of Norman Bel Geddes and, in particular, Robert Edmond Jones. He toured Europe in 1923–4 on a Sachs Travelling Fellowship with John Mason Brown (who later became a theatre critic) and began his collection of original designs, now housed in the Museum of the City of New York. He joined the Jones, Kenneth Macgowan and Eugene O’Neill wing of the Provincetown Players. His first production in New York was a dance satire, Sooner and Later, for the Neighbourhood Playhouse in 1925. In the same year he joined Baker at the newly established Yale School of Drama and from that time combined teaching with designing. He served in the World War II as a camouflage officer in the US Air Force....

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