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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

The Untimely Death of Theatre in 19th Century America

At various times in the history of western theatre, the theatres have been closed. In most cases, closures have occurred on religious or political grounds. On the other hand, the demise of theatre has often been predicted as the result of competition. Elizabethan companies competed with public executions and bear baiting; Broadway of the 1930’s was threatened by “talkies”; and twenty-first century performances compete with Red Box and streaming video. Audiences of nineteenth century America were no exception though the variety of diversions were quite different from the present day. This session presents examples of entertainment that were to have foreshadowed the death of theatre in 19th century America.

Presenters: Surrae Adams (Undergraduate Student)
Soo Jeong Bae (Undergraduate Student)
Daniel Belkin (Undergraduate Student)
Jessica Bell (Undergraduate Student)
Kayla Bott (Undergraduate Student)
Stephanie Burtch (Undergraduate Student)
Jawanza Gobern (Undergraduate Student)
Chelsea Lipp (Undergraduate Student)
Jasmane Myers (Undergraduate Student)
Zachary Olson (Undergraduate Student)
P Gibson Ralph (Faculty)
Jessica Tesoriero (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Theatre
Location: 106 Edwards
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.