In the spring of 1902, the English actor and producer, Ben Greet and the Elizabethan Stage Society mounted a production in London of the 15th-century morality play, Everyman.  That fall, the prominent Broadway producer Charles Frohman arranged with the society and Greet for an American production, as part of a plan, as he told The New York Times, “to bring to and lay before American audiences everything in the theatrical line that its citizens go to see [abroad].”

A performance of Frohman’s production in the Chapel, with the English actress Edith Wynne Matthison as Everyman, was the gift of an anonymous donor.