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Presents rare information on traveling circus, minstrel, opera, and Toby shows.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817352554
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 09/11/2005
Series: Theatre Symposium Series , #13
Edition description: 1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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

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The Black American’s Chitlin/Gospel/Urban Show: Tyler Perry and the Madea Plays

Bruce Spears
The Farmville Opera House, 1885-1911

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