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The Abbey and the Idea of a Theatre  

Ben Levitas

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The Irish national theatre movement developed in the ferment of cultural nationalism at the turn of the century, but it was not at all clear what form a national theatre should take: an ... More

The Abbey Theatre and the Irish State  

Lauren Arrington

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The aesthetic principles of education and representation that Yeats and Gregory set out at the founding of the Abbey Theatre enabled the directorate to cultivate a relationship with the ... More

Actors' Parts  

Tiffany Stern

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
When Quince first meets his actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he tells them who they will be playing and a little about their fictional characters. He also distributes to the actors ... More

Adult and Boy Playing Companies 1625–1642  

Martin Butler

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
Despite the fact that the London theatre companies were suspended from playing by order of Parliament in September 1642, an inhibition that lasted (with minor infractions) down to 1660, ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1583–1593  

Sally-Beth MacLean

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
Two pivotal events bookend the decade 1583–1593 in Elizabethan theatre history. In March 1582 to 1583, the careers of several leading acting companies were disrupted by the formation of a ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1593–1603  

Roslyn L. Knutson

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
By any measure, 1593 was a very bad year for the playhouse business in England. The late summer outbreak of plague in 1592 continued in the suburbs of London. Adult playing companies took ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1603–1613  

Tom Rutter

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
The year 1603 ushered in a new chapter in the history of early modern theatre companies in England. First, it marks the end of one reign and the beginning of another: Elizabeth died on ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1613–1625  

James J. Marino

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
On June 29, 1613, at the first performance of William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's All Is True, the Globe playhouse burned to the ground. The destruction of this iconic theatre might be ... More

Adult Playing Companies to 1583  

W. R. Streitberger

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
In March 1583, Elizabeth I's Principal Secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, asked Edmond Tilney, then Master of the Revels, to choose a new company of players to serve under the Queen's ... More

African American Drama, 1910–45  

Kathy A. Perkins

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay traces the efforts of African American women to establish new voices in the American theater during the period from 1910 to 1945. It discusses the role of the Federal Theatre ... More

African American Performance  

Soyica Diggs Colbert

This article explores the formation, expansion, and future of the field of African American performance studies, considering the cultural, social, and political contexts that brought the ... More

American Musical Theatre, 1870–1945  

Thomas S. Hischak

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the history of musical theater in the United States during the period from 1870 to 1945. It explains that while The Black Crook from 1866 may be considered as the first ... More

American Political Drama, 1910–45  

Christopher J. Herr

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the history of political drama in the United States from 1910 to 1945. It describes the diversity of styles used and attitudes taken by politically influenced dramas, ... More

Antebellum Frontier and Urban Plays, 1825–60  

Rosemarie Bank

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay investigates the scenic poles of city and frontier as sites for the American drama. It explains that the frontier and the urban were productive of distinct dramatic figures ... More

Antebellum Plays by Women: Contexts and Themes  

Amelia Howe Kritzer

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay focuses on the emergence of women playwrights in the United States during the antebellum period. It analyzes the works of several women playwrights, including Anna Cora Mowatt, ... More

Archives and Anecdotes  

Paul Menzer

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Nov 2017
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Dec 2017
‘Archives and Anecdotes’ pursues a historical syntax that can parse both words, since the two have traditionally been understood to exercise independently if not to outright antagonize one ... More

Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England  

Micha Lazarus

Aristotle’s Poetics has been thought to be inaccessible or misunderstood in sixteenth-century England, but this inherited assumption has drifted far from the primary evidence and lagged ... More

Arthur Miller: A Radical Politics of the Soul  

Jeffrey D. Mason

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the works of the American playwright Arthur Miller, who was considered a transitional figure in politically charged drama. It refers to the influence of the Great ... More

‘As We Must’: Growth and Diversification in Ireland’s Theatre Culture 1977–2000  

Victor Merriman

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
By the 1970s, arts funding for theatre in Ireland had become concentrated in three organizations: the Abbey and the Gate in the Republic, the Lyric Theatre in Northern Ireland. Changes in ... More

Baroque Tragedy  

Blair Hoxby

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Jul 2019
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Oct 2018
Tragedy is central to the Baroque because it explores the powers and limitations of sovereign will; because the changeable fortune and wretched suffering of its illustrious persons can ... More

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