This study traces the earliest Italian participation in theatrical activities in New York City during colonial times and illustrates how community organizations were the first impetus for entertainments and drama after the mass immigration of the late 19th century. As a working class, permanent immigrant population grew, an identifiable and unique Italian-American theatre became possible, fulfilling a social need within the community.
Emelise Aleandri, an independent scholar, earned her Ph.D. in Theatre from The City University of New York.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Colonial Times and the Era of Da Ponte 1746-1839; 2. Variety Theatre and Music at Mid-Century 1840-1859; 3. Transitions - Transients to Residents 1860-1879; 4. Community Theatre and Entertainments 1880-1899; 5. La Compagnia Comico-Drammatica Italiana 1889-1894; 6. La Compagnia Comico-Drammatica Italiana Maiori e Rapone 1890-1899; 7. La Compagnia Napoletana of Francesco Ricciardi and Minor Companies 1880-1899; 8. Italian Vaudeville and the Caffe Concerto 1880-1899; Conclusion; Appendices I-IV; Notes; Bibliography; Index.