This collection of essays explores an understudied but pervasive aspect of American theatre: theatre on the road, from minstrel shows and Toby shows to contemporary African American theatre, 19th-century circus rail travel, and small-town opera houses.
The challenges in gathering and compiling data on these ephemeral productions, from such far-flung sources as railroad schedules and weather reports, minutes from town council meetings, and accounts of error-prone theatrical productions, make this a truly valuable study.
About the Author
Susan Kattwinkel is Associate Professor of Theatre History and Literature at the College of Charleston and editor of Audience Participation: Essays on Inclusion in Performance.
Table of Contents
Sarah J. Blacksone Twisters, Howlers, Conflagrations, and Cataracts: Traveling through a Hostile Landscape
LaVahn Hoh The Circus--Entertainment for the Masses: Development and Resourcefulness
Dawn Larsen Hysterical Historical Fun: The Last of the Old-Time Tent Shows
Elizabeth A. Osborne Yankee Consternation in the Deep South: Worshipping at the Altars of Steel
Barbara Lewis Caught on the Rails: The Traveling Black Performer as Prey
Jane Barnette The Role of William James Davis in the Rise of Chicago Touring Theatre
J. K. Curry The National Black Theatre Festival: A One-Stop Tour
kb saine The Black American’s Chitlin/Gospel/Urban Show: Tyler Perry and the Madea Plays
Bruce Spears The Farmville Opera House, 1885-1911