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Relationships of Keene, Laura

To explore the relationships between the various bohemian writers and artists who frequented Pfaff's bar, select a person or group, and then select a relationship type. This section of the site is currently under construction; new content is being added on a regular basis.

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Heron, Matilda (1830-1877)

On June 10, 1858, a fight took place between Keene and Heron during a performance of Mathilde.

Sothern, Edward

Personne [Edward G.P. Wilkins] reports that Sothern is suing Keene for "breach of contract."


Clare, Ada (1836-1874)

Clare praises the quality of Keene's voice in her Saturday Press column "Thoughts and Things."

Odell notes that she acted at Wallacks with Laura Keene's company.

Clifton, Ada (1835-1891)

Clifton "secured on the New York stage a highly creditable position as a stock actress, particularly at Laura Keene's theater."

Clifton played Hermia in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Laura Keene's theater.

Daly, John Augustin (1838-1899)

Performed in The Monkey Boy at Laura Keene's theater.

Deland, Anne

Deland was part of Keene's company's performance of House and Home.

Gayler, Charles (1820-1892)

Gayler's The Love of a Prince was performed by Laura Keene's company as part of a benefit for Joseph Jefferson.

Heron, Matilda (1830-1877)

With Laura Keene, Heron helped to popularize Brooklyn as a 1-2 night stand for talented and attractive actresses in the 1862-1863 seasons.

Jefferson, Joseph (1829-1905)

Jefferson and Keene starred in The Siam Light Guard together as husband and wife.

Jefferson makes a return to the stage with Laura Keene's theater company for the 1857-1858 season.

Jefferson takes over Keene's theater in 1860 for the summer season.

Jefferson worked with Laura Keene at her theater in the summer of 1860.

The Saturday Press reports that Jefferson is making a significant amount of money by working at Laura Keene's theater.

O'Brien, Fitz-James (1826-1862)

Keene's theater produced O'Brien's play Tycoon in the summer of 1860.

Wilkins, Edward (Ned) G. P. (1829-1861)

Edward G. P. Wilkins' first dramatic effort, My Wife's Mirror was performed at Laura Keene's Varieties in 1856. Keene played the part of Mrs. Racket in the production, which ran for two weeks straight (52-53). Wilkins' second work, Young New York opened in 1856 at Keene's new theater, where she once again played the female lead (53). He also "launched a campaign to expose what he called 'fillibusters' -- plagiarized scripts which kept being passed off as originals," which in the February 12, 1857, edition of the Saturday Press he chastised Laura Keene for "presenting three such pieces in one month" (57).

The first performance of Wilkin's play, My Wife's Mirror, occurred for Laura Keene's benefit on May 10, 1856. His play, Young New York, was performed at Laura Keene's new theater.

In 1856, Laura Keene produced and acted in Wilkins's Young New York.

de Walden, Thomas Blades (1811-1873)

De Walden adapted The Monkey Boy and other plays for Laura Keene's Theatre.

Laura Keene's theater produced de Walden's Aileen Aroon in the fall of 1860.


Wallack's Lyceum

Keene appeared in plays at Wallack's where she spent a year or more as the company's lead actress and helped to raise its standards.