Adventures in Theater History: Philadelphia

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The hurricanes of World History blow a French equestrian circus company all the way to Philadelphia. The Walnut Street Theatre is born. Meanwhile back on Chestnut Street, the New Theatre is forging ahead with its annual seasons of plays and spe
Philadelphia's premiere theater company rings in the New Year of 1800 with their production of the spectacular Romance entitled "Blue Beard, or Female Curiosity". Meanwhile, in the audience, there are other dramatic events taking place! Join us
An examination of two works by artist John Lewis Krimmel, as they relate to the history of theater and public performance in early 19th Century Philadelphia. The first image can be found online at: "Nightlife in Philadelphia—an Oyster Barrow in
The final installment of our story about John Bill Ricketts, with more adventures about his equestrian circus and theatrical troupe. We meet the American comedian and dancer John Durang, and Ricketts has his portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart.
The third in our four-part Adventure about John Bill Ricketts and his circus in Philadelphia, the temporary capital city of the new nation. In this episode, Ricketts completes his 1793 season of shows in Philadelphia - and gets out of town just
The second of our four-part Adventure about John Bill Ricketts, the equestrian and showman, famous for being the originator of the American Circus. In this episode, we look at the influence of the English equestrian Phillip Astley, and how the
This is first section of our first deep dive, the initial Adventure in Theater History that the title of the show promises. John Bill Ricketts, the English Equestrian arrives in Philadelphia, and attracts the attention of a Very Important Perso
In this episode, we do a broad overview of Philadelphia theater and its contribution to American drama - from the founding of Pennsylvania to the end of the 18th Century.William Penn's antipathy to all things theatrical is discussed, as well as
This is the Introduction to entire Adventures in Theater History podcast. In this episode, we explain why we're here, and what we're trying to do with this method of historical storytelling.  Peter tells the story of his own personal history, a
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