Among the unpublished "Tom Show" scripts in the Jerome Lawrence
and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute at the Ohio State University are
two that were probably used by The Harmount UTC Company. This was a small,
family-run troupe from Williamsport, Ohio, that toured the midwest from 1903 to
1929, playing under a tent during an annual Summer season, and in theaters in towns
(never large cities) during the Winter season.|
A note from Dick Harmount identifies the first text below as "the Harmount script." The script itself was probably typed up in the early 1950s, but internal references to the death of Mark Hannah and to William Howard Taft suggest it was originally written in the first decade of the 20th century. The typescript is full of errors, most of which have been silently corrected in the digital version. In Act 4 it jumps from Scene 3 to Scene 5, but there are no missing pages in the typescript. It also omits most of the stage directions, and accidentally leaves out at least one line of dialogue. According to Harmount's note, the company only used Act 1, Scene 1, during the Winter shows.
The second text below is obviously a variant of the first, though whether written early or later, and whether used by the Harmounts or another UTC company, cannot be determined. Its typological errors have also been silently emended. In this version almost all stage directions are simply referred to as "BISS" (for "stage business," presumably). In the fourth act it gives Uncle Tom a last name -- the auctioneer in New Orleans identifies him as Thomas Shackleford.
The PERFORMING THE PLAY section of the archive contains a lot more material and information about this troupe, based on the items in the Harmount Collection.
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(DETAIL FROM "BUSINESS," END OF ACT 2
The Harmount Collection
"This is the Harmount script"