December 17 & 18, 1931


Illini Theatre


This comedy-drama has love as its central theme, against a backdrop of southern life and manners. How traditional chivalry of the south affected two great loves of Norma Besant’s life and turned comedy into sudden tragedy, forms the basis of the plot. Whether that chivalry, as represented in the play as either unnecessarily cruel or sublimely noble is up to the viewer of this play.

Authors: George Abbott and Ann Preston Bridges

Historian’s Corner

The play “Magda” was originally scheduled at this time, but there were difficulties gaining a full cast, so the George Abbott and Ann Preston Bridges play “Coquette” was substituted. It played to full houses.