Courtesy Northeast Ohio TV Memories and The John Carroll University Archive..
When WEWS-TV 5 became an ABC affiliate March 2, 1955, it left hours of programming to fill, especially in the daytime. ABC was definitely a 3rd place network in the 1950's, and it wasn't that unheard of to routinely pre-empt network programs for syndicated or local offerings..Local news was also not as important as it would become later on..
With this in mind, Alan Douglas got the idea of a locally produced live "Play of the Week" WEWS agreed to open the Tuesday 11-12 Midnight time slot for Douglas. The show was called "On Stage" and it was sponsored, at least initially by Stern Brothers Plumbing Company..
The idea was to make each play a completely local production, from writers to technical support to acting..Actors were drawn from The Cleveland and Lakewood Playhouse, as well as local print and broadcast media. A particularly ambitious effort, considering that the budget you could do on a local level was a mere percentage of what could be done on a network level by shows like Playhouse 90 and Studio One.
It was suggested by Condon that quality might be better if they just did one play a month rather than trying to do one a week, though On Stage never returned after it's 10-week run ended April 10, 1956.
Alan Douglas would be involved with another live TV effort on Channel 5 in Summer 1957..Johnny
McQueen, which lasted 9 weeks..
Here is an attempt at a episode guide finding out as much as possible about each production..Title, writers and actors. I used the Plain Dealer Archive and the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram through TV writer Dorothy Funk to get some info on 9 of the 10 episodes. Could not find anything on the April 3, 1956 program..
WEWS February 7-April 10, 1956 (10 weeks)
Producer Alan Douglas
Feb. 7 Incident at "33"Writer Roger Albright
Ralph Beattie, Larry Kuhl, Keith Mackey Ruth Weiss Dolly Wheaton Bill Barrett
Feb. 14 "Lion's Share"
Writer Eleanor Bayer
Bill Prentice Cole Klein
Feb. 21 "The Interurban Voyage of Alfred Hoskins"
Writer Junius Eddy
Austin Beech, Dorothy Sands, Braemer Carlson, Bunny Bronstein and Michael Sandrey
Feb.28 "Nobody Misses Ringo"
Writer Alan Douglas
Bob McKnight (ClevelandPress)
March 6 "The Two-Bed-Room"
Barbara Lee, Dolly Wheaton, Alverda Sohlens and Nick Peters
March 13 " Elisha and the Long Knives"
Linn Sheldon, Bill Barrett
Al Henderson, Patti Rowe March
27 "A Hat For Winter"
Writer Mel Goldberg
Peggy Simmons, John Rose
April 3-No Title
April 10 "This Way To Victory"
Writer Henry Alexander
Karl Mackey, Wayne Jordan