yankee theatre the image of america on the stage 1825 1850

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Yankee Theatre

Author : Francis Hodge
ISBN : 9780292761544
Genre : Performing Arts
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The famous "Stage Yankees," with their eccentric New England dialect comedy, entertained audiences from Boston to New Orleans, from New York to London in the years between 1825 and 1850. They provided the creative energy for the development of an American-type character in early plays of native authorship. This book examines the full range of their theatre activity, not only as actors, but also as playmakers, and re-evaluates their contribution to the growth of the American stage. Yankee theatre was not an oddity, a passing fad, or an accident of entertainment; it was an honest exploitation of the materials of American life for an audience in search of its own identification. The delineation of the American character—a full-length realistic portrait in the context of stage comedy—was its projected goal; and though not the only method for such delineation, the theatre form was the most popular and extensive way of disseminating the American image. The Yankee actors openly borrowed from what literary sources were available to them, but because of their special position as actors, who were required to give flesh-and-blood imitations of people for the believable acceptance of others viewing the same people about them, they were forced to draw extensively on their actors' imaginations and to present the American as they saw him. If the image was too often an external one, it still revealed the Yankee as a hardy individual whose independence was a primary assumption; as a bargainer, whose techniques were more clever than England's sharpest penny-pincher; as a country person, more intelligent, sharper and keener in dealings than the city-bred type; as an American freewheeler who always landed on top, not out of naive honesty but out of a simple perception of other human beings and their gullibility. Much new evidence in this study is based on London productions, where the view of English audiences and critics was sharply focused on what Americans thought about themselves and the new culture of democracy emerging around them. The shift from America, the borrower, to America, the original doer, can be clearly seen in this stager activity. Yankee theatre, then, is an epitome of the emerging American after the Second War for Independence. Emerging nationalism meant emerging national definition. Yankee theatre thus led to the first cohesive body of American plays, the first American actors seen in London, and to a new realistic interpretation of the American in the "character" plays of the 1870s and 1880s.

Yankee Theatre

Author : Francis Hodge
ISBN : OCLC:1020245546
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Yankee Theatre

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Theatre Culture In America 1825 1860

Author : Rosemarie K. Bank
ISBN : 0521563879
Genre : Drama
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A study of pre-Civil War American theatre.

The Age And Stage Of George L Fox 1825 1877

Author : Laurence Senelick
ISBN : UOM:39015021964716
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Senelick's biography of the panto clown Laff Fox, renowned in his time as America's funniest performer, brings this most popular and most tragic legend to life. In his new essay to this expanded edition, Senelick draws upon recent discoveries and insights to further animate Fox's remarkable career.

Images Of Blacks In American Culture

Author : Jessie Carney Smith
ISBN : UVA:X001358939
Genre : Art
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"A unique guide, recommended for all libraries supporting research in Black Studies." Reference Book Review "Its unique qualities are the discussions and sources for studying and understanding those artifacts as well as the provision of a historical perspective on the images." Reference Books Bulletin

American National Biography

Author : John Arthur Garraty
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Play Directing

Author : Francis Hodge
ISBN : 9781317351023
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Play Directing describes the various roles a director plays, from selection and analysis of the play, to working with actors and designers to bring the production to life.

The Theatre Industry In Nineteenth Century France

Author : Frederic William John Hemmings
ISBN : 0521035015
Genre : Drama
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This is the first book to explore the history of French theater in the nineteenth century through its special role as an organized popular entertainment. Traditionally regarded as an elite art form, in post-Revolutionary France the stage began to be seen as an industry like any other and the theater became one of the few areas of employment where women were in demand as much as men. In this lively account, Hemmings examines how the theater world flourished and evolved, and reveals such matters as the difficult life of the actress, salaries and contracts, and the profession of the playwright.

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