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The development of the dramatic arts in North Carolina has been quite interesting. Beginning with the Gifford Strolling Players as early as 1780s, North Carolina has been the home to many actors and movie stars. In 1793 New Bern vied for theatrical preeminence with the first theatrical performance given by pupils of the North Carolina school. Theatrical excellence continued in men such as John Augustin Daly, noted playwright and produce, born in Plymouth, and William Churchill DeMille, playwright, born in Washington.
Augustin Daly, a native of Plymouth, was hailed as one of the all-time greats of the American stage in the 19th-century. He was famous on two continents as a playwright and theatre producer. He began writing plays in 1862, completing dozens of them, besides owning his own theatres in New York and London. Among his friends were Mark Twain, Gen. William T. Sherman, and Edwin Booth.