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Life on a String: The Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Theatre Audio Tour

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15. Otto Rothschild, The Turnabout Mainstays, Ca. 1940s

NARRATOR [JAMES REYNOLDS]:

Throughout the years, talented performers came through the doors of the Turnabout Theater, and many stayed as members of the extended Turnabout family.

CHRISTINA RICE:

Here we have a photo of the Turnabout mainstays, who were there for most of the Turnabout's existence. Starting on the left-hand side, we have Dorothy Neumann who was referred to as the fourth Turnabouter, who was their business partner; Harry Burnett; Frances Osborne; Elsa Lanchester; Forman Brown; and Lotte Goslar.

And you can see they're seated inside the Turnabout Theatre on one of the flipping seats with the autograph wall behind them. And there was a large number of people who came in and out of the theater but this group of people […] were really the core and the beating heart of the Turnabout Theater.

NARRATOR [JAMES REYNOLDS]:

Roddy Brandon is not pictured in this photo as he often remained behind the scenes, working the box office and managing the troupe's business affairs. But actress Dorothy Neumann, a long time Turnabout associate, recalled that he was the one who called the shots.

DOROTHY NEUMANN:

I always say he was the glue, or the mortar, that held Forman and Harry and me together. I've been asked many, many times about what the relationship was […] amongst the three of them. It was unique, and I never really knew or bothered to ask. Or I would turn those questions away and say, "I really don't know." Sure, they're gay, and a lot of the charm of the theater is due to the fact that they are gay, and several touches about the theater were very interesting and I think came from their own sensitivity.

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