theater for all Americans

From 1935 to 1939, the U.S. Federal Theatre Project (FTP) created jobs for out-of-work theater professionals.  It organized and funded a wide range of productions — “from productions of sacred plays of the Middle Ages to classic plays by William Shakespeare and Richard Brinsley Sheridan and modern works by George Bernard Shaw, Gerhard Hauptmann, Lillian … Continue reading theater for all Americans

regulating theater in eighteenth-century Paris

In pre-Revolutionary France, the French king awarded theater-process patents to particular theater companies.  The Académie d’Opéra, founded in 1669, received letters patent giving it exclusive rights to present to the public works with texts that were sung or danced.  The Comédie-Française, which incorporated Molière’s acting company, received the exclusive right to present drama in verse.  … Continue reading regulating theater in eighteenth-century Paris