American Traveling Tent Theatre, 1900-1940: Rural and Small Town Tent Shows Performed in the Midwest (Including Scripts of Popular Tent Theatricals)

American Traveling Tent Theatre, 1900-1940: Rural and Small Town Tent Shows Performed in the Midwest (Including Scripts of Popular Tent Theatricals)

By: Dawn Larsen (author), Richard Poole (author)Hardback

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This is the first anthology of typical tent theatre repertoire from the late nineteenth-century to the early twentieth-century. This collection of seven of the most important plays of that era includes not only the scripts but also contains informative headnotes, commentary and an outstanding bibliography. It is an illuminating study of twentieth-century rural America and its cultural mores and values.

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About Author

Dr. L. Dawn Larsen is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. Previous owner and operator of the last traveling tent show, the Hard Corn Players, her troupe traveled in the summers reconstructing Toby shows in Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. She was cast as Sweet Sally (Toby's girlfriend) in the last stationary Toby theatre in Branson, Missouri, which closed in 1987. She has given numerous papers at SETC, MATC, ASTR, and the Society for the Preservation of Tent, Repertoire and Folk Theatre, where she also serves on the advisory board. She has published in journals including Theatre History Studies and Theatre Symposium. She has also acted and directed professionally for over thirty years. Professor Richard L. Poole is Chair of the Theatre Department at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. A Fulbright Scholar, he has given papers focusing on Midwest Rural/Small Town theatre topics at ASTR, MATC, SETC, ATHE, the Society for the Preservation of Tent, Repertoire and Folk Theatre, and the Popular Culture Society. He has published articles and written book reviews. Additionally he created entries for The Guide to Popular Culture and the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2nd Edition). He also writes plays, acts and directs.

Contents

Foreword by George D. Glenn; Preface/Acknowledgements; One: Introduction; Two: Why and how to read these plays-The Characters-Themes -Alternative Perspectives; Three: Melodrama-Ten Nights in a Barroom; Four: The rustic play-The Awakening of John Slater; Five: The Toby play and "afterdraft"-Clouds and Sunshine; Six: The morality or preacher play- Saintly Hypocrites and Honest Sinners; Seven: The multi-version and mystery play- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-Version One by Robert L. Sherman-Version Two by Anonymous Tent Rep Author; Chapter Eight: The dressy bill-The Push or Tamed and How; Chapter Nine: The western play-Sputters or Girl of the Flying X; Chapter Ten: Specialties; Chapter Eleven: Candy Pitches: Wallace Bruce; Harley Sadler; Neil Schaffner; Chapter Twelve: Summary/Bibliography/Perspective.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/07/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780773442757
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 668
  • ID: 9780773442757
  • ISBN10: 0773442758

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