Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Play's the Thing
The Mission Playhouse was built in 1927 by John Steven McGroarty for his Mission Play. The Playhouse was designed by the chief architect of Riverside's Mission Inn. It is fashioned after the Mission San Antonio De Padua. I know the latter fact because of my son's fourth grade mission report. I recognize McGroarty's name because of the McGroarty Art Center in Tujunga. That was McGroarty's home. During his life McGroarty was famous as a poet, politician, and journalist, and perhaps most of all because of the Mission Play. The Mission Play was a pageant that told a history of California, in highly romanticized and euro-biased terms. Next year, for its centennial, City of San Gabriel will be staging a revival of the Mission Play.
And here are some pertinent internet grabs.