Irish Theater in America

Born out of the conference of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora project, this collection gathers together leading American and Irish scholars, in addition to established theater critics.

Author: John P. Harrington

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815631699

Category: Drama

Page: 226

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"Born out of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora project, this collection brings together leading American and Irish scholars with established theater critics. The contributors explore the history of Irish theater in America, from Harrigan and Hart to the recent productions of senior Irish playwrights such as Brian Friel and younger writers such as Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson. Examining the complexity of the relationship between Irish theater and American audiences, this volume goes beyond analyses of plays to include examinations of company dynamics, tours of companies and actors, audience reception, and the production history of individual works."--BOOK JACKET.

Irish Theatre on Tour

Essays on the touring of Irish theatre, at home and abroad.

Author: Nicholas Grene

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781904505136

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

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Essays on the touring of Irish theatre, at home and abroad.

Irish on the Move

Performing Mobility in American Variety Theatre Michelle Granshaw. Meloy,
Elizabeth. “Touring Connemara: Learning to Read a Landscape of Ruins, 1850–
1860.” New Hibernia Review 13, no. 3 (Autumn 2009): 21–46. Miller, Angela.

Author: Michelle Granshaw

Publisher: Studies Theatre Hist & Culture

ISBN: 1609386698

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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A little over a century ago, the Irish in America were the targets of intense xenophobic anxiety. Much of that anxiety centered on their mobility, whether that was traveling across the ocean to the U.S., searching for employment in urban centers, mixing with other ethnic groups, or forming communities of their own. Granshaw argues that American variety theatre, a precursor to vaudeville, was a crucial battleground for these anxieties, as it appealed to both the fears and the fantasies that accompanied the rapid economic and social changes of the Gilded Age.

Irish America

There is a real cult of personality in have known and the things I have learned
Theatre , and the American Irish Musicians Ireland , and the worst thing you can
say from reading . Reading and imagination Society . about an Irishman is that he
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The American Review of Reviews

Author: Albert Shaw

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre

These examples suggest some of the multiple dynamics of Irish theatre in the
United States. The performance history of Sheridan in early America
demonstrates some of the potential subversiveness of theatre from an Irish
playwright ...

Author: Nicholas Grene

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191016349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 688

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre provides the single most comprehensive survey of the field to be found in a single volume. Drawing on more than forty contributors from around the world, the book addresses a full range of topics relating to modern Irish theatre from the late nineteenth-century theatre to the most recent works of postdramatic devised theatre. Ireland has long had an importance in the world of theatre out of all proportion to the size of the country, and has been home to four Nobel Laureates (Yeats, Shaw, and Beckett; Seamus Heaney, while primarily a poet, also wrote for the stage). This collection begins with the influence of melodrama, looks at arguably the first modern Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, before moving into a series of considerations of the Abbey Theatre, and Irish modernism. Arranged chronologically, it explores areas such as women in theatre, Irish-language theatre, and alternative theatres, before reaching the major writers of more recent Irish theatre, including Brian Friel and Tom Murphy, and their successors. There are also individual chapters focusing on Beckett and Shaw, as well as a series of chapters looking at design, acting and theatre architecture. The book concludes with an extended survey of the critical literature on the field. In each chapter, the author does not simply rehearse accepted wisdom; all of the authors push the boundaries of their respective fields, so that each chapter is a significant contribution to scholarship in its own right.

Dion Boucicault

The first full critical study of Dion Boucicault, one of the most dynamic and influential figures in nineteenth-century theatre.

Author: Deirdre McFeely

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107007933

Category: Drama

Page: 218

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The first full critical study of Dion Boucicault, one of the most dynamic and influential figures in nineteenth-century theatre.

100 Greatest American Plays

100 Greatest American Plays is the 1st book on the 100 greatest American, non-musical plays.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442256060

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 408

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100 Greatest American Plays is the 1st book on the 100 greatest American, non-musical plays. Arranged alphabetically, each entry covers each play extensively including the plot, the production history, a summary of the critical reaction, its influence and long-range effects, cast lists of notable stage and film versions, and a playwright biography.

The Princeton University Library Chronicle

Irish artists have a long history of creating images of America , and in the case of
the Gate in New York in 1948 , we have ... I want to look at the nature of these
kinds of cultural transactions Irish theater in America — first by studying some
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American Drama From the Colonial Period Through World War I

Suggesting the need to reexamine these neglected works, Gary A. Richardson argues that a more contemporary critical perspective results in a greater understanding of these plays' impact upon their original audiences, a clearer sense of the ...

Author: Gary A. Richardson

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

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Category: Drama

Page: 320

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Though previously ignored as the nation's literary stepchild, the country's early drama emerges in American Drama from the Colonial Period through World War I as a dynamic cultural institution in which the social, political, economic, and artistic issues of the moment found representation for diverse, often contentious audiences. Suggesting the need to reexamine these neglected works, Gary A. Richardson argues that a more contemporary critical perspective results in a greater understanding of these plays' impact upon their original audiences, a clearer sense of the achievements of their authors, and the recovery of a long-lost segment of America's heritage. The volume moves chronologically through the nation's dramatic history, balancing observations about formal, aesthetic, and theatrical concerns with an examination of the influence of broad cultural forces upon the direction of the drama. Beginning with theater and drama's emergence in the colonial period, Richardson explores drama's role in the American Revolution and, later, the nationalistic efforts of William Dunlap and James Nelson Barker to create a uniquely American drama. He continues by counterpointing the romantic configurations of William Howard Payne, Robert Montgomery Bird, and George Henry Boker with the work of writers such as James Kirke Paulding, John Augustus Stone, Joseph S. Jones, and George Aiken, who developed distinctly American character types and themes specifically designed to appeal to a popular audience. Richardson next highlights the complex cultural business of the melodramas of Dion Boucicault, Augustin Daly, David Belasco, Joaquin Miller, and Bronson Howard and the fitful emergence of a realistic dramain the plays of William Dean Howells, Steele MacKaye, James A. Herne, and William Gillette. He ends by examining the turn-of-the century works of Langdon Mitchell, Clyde Fitch, William Vaughn Moody, Edward Sheldon, Rachel Crothers, and Susan Glaspell, the writers who set the stage for the appearance of such modern masters as Eugene O'Neill. A concise history of the genre, American Drama from the Colonial Period through World War I is essential reading for students and scholars interested in the dramatic foundations of American culture. A selected bibliography, a detailed chronology of world events and major plays, and period illustrations of several productions are included.

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Irish American Voluntary Organizations

The actors , both native Irish and American - born Irish , are amateurs , but many
have had professional training and / or experience . Most Irish - born members of
the company have acted with parish drama groups in Ireland , which compete in
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Author: Michael F. Funchion

Publisher: Greenwood

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Category: Social Science

Page: 323

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"This book represents a laudable contribution to American ethnic studies. . . . [It] provides an excellent guide to some seventy bodies." Special Libraries

Hibernia America

13 In the theater and entertainment fields the musical and declamatory traditions
of the group stimulated a penetration of American theatrical life from its earliest
days . In the 1820s Irish plays were being given in New York and New Orleans .

Author: Dennis Clark

Publisher: Praeger

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Category: History

Page: 213

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"The information presented in this study uses selected networks of dispersion, pioneer journeying, and canal and railroad construction to demonstrate the geographical distribution that was to be a key aspect of Irish passage into American life. The regional variations of this passage will be examined and the import of the interaction of the Irish with American institutions and culture will be evaluated, again using particular examples of social interchange"--Introd.

Plays by Dion Boucicault

Dion Boucicault, the most popular dramatist of the second half of the nineteenth century, was also one of the most prolific and representative.

Author: Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521283953

Category: Drama

Page: 238

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Dion Boucicault, the most popular dramatist of the second half of the nineteenth century, was also one of the most prolific and representative. Irish in origin, he worked and wrote in England and America where for twenty years he led the touring circuit.

A Century of Irish Drama

Widening the Stage Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Drama Stephen Watt,
Stephen Watt, Eileen M. Morgan, Shakir M. ... IN THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA Library of Congress Cataloging - in - Publication Data A century of
Irish drama ...

Author: Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Drama Stephen Watt

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A Century of Irish Drama Widening the Stage Edited by Stephen Watt, Eileen Morgan, and Shakir Mustafa Foreword by Sivaun O'Casey The history of the Irish theatre from the founding of the Abbey to today's vibrant scene. This book traces a significant shift in 20th century Irish theatre from the largely national plays produced in Dublin to a more expansive international art form. Confirmed by the recent success outside of Ireland of the "third wave" of Irish playwrights writing in the 1990s, the new Irish drama has encouraged critics to reconsider both the early national theatre and the dramatic tradition it fostered. On the occasion of the centenary of the first professional production of the Irish Literary Theatre, the contributors to this volume investigate contemporary Irish drama's aesthetic features and socio-political commitments and re-read the plays produced earlier in the century. Although these essayists cover a wide range of topics, from the productions and objectives of the Abbey Theatre's first rivals to mid-century theatre festivals, to plays about the "Troubles" in the North, they all reassess the oppositions so commonplace in critical discussions of Irish drama: nationalism vs. internationalism, high vs. low culture, urban experience vs. rural or peasant life. A Century of Irish Drama includes essays on such figures as W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Sean O'Casey, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett, Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Christina Read, Martin McDonagh, and many more. Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, and author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage (1998), Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theatre (1991), and essays on Irish and Irish-American culture. He has also written extensively on higher education, most recently Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education (1999) (with Cary Nelson). Eileen M. Morgan is a lecturer in English and Irish Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently working on Sean O'Faolain's biographies of De Valera and on Edna O'Brien's 1990s trilogy, and is preparing a book-length study on the influence of radio in Ireland. Shakir Mustafa is a Visiting Instructor in the English department at Indiana University. His work has appeared in such journals as New Hibernia Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and he is now translating Arabic short stories into English. Drama and Performance Studies—Timothy Wiles, general editor Contents Introduction: Re-thinking the Abbey and the Concept of a National Theatre, Eileen Morgan Part One: Challenging the Received View of Early Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre The Founding Years and the Irish National Theatre That Was Not, John P. Harrington The Alternative Aesthetic: The Theatre of Ireland's Urban Plays, Nelson S. Ceallaigh Ritschel Of Orangemen and Green Theatres: The Ulster Literary Theatre's Regional Nationalism, Laura E. Lyons Part Two: Theorizing and Historicizing Theatre Controversies The Abbey and the Theatrics of Controversy, 1909–1915, Lucy McDiarmid More Than a Morbid, Unhealthy Mind: Public Health and the Playboy Riots, Susan Cannon Harris Saying "No" to Politics: Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy, Shakir Mustafa Part Three: Reconstructing Drama during the "Fatal Fifties" O'Casey's The Drums of Father Ned in Context, Christopher Murray Love and Death: A Reconsideration of Behan and Genet, Stephen Watt Playing Outside with Samuel Beckett, Judith Roof Part Four: Contemporary Theatre Projects and Revivals Translating Women into Irish Theatre History, Mary Trotter "I've Never Been Just Me": Re-thinking Women's Positions in Christina Reid's Plays, Carla J. McDonough Neither Here nor There: The Liminal Position of Teresa Deevy and Her Female Characters, Christie Fox Play

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume ...

Author: S.E. Wilmer

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587295210

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.

The Oxford Handbook of American Drama

This volume explores the history of American drama from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It describes origins of early republican drama and its evolution during the pre-war and post-war periods.

Author: Jeffrey H. Richards

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199731497

Category: Drama

Page: 568

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This volume explores the history of American drama from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It describes origins of early republican drama and its evolution during the pre-war and post-war periods. It traces the emergence of different types of American drama including protest plays, reform drama, political drama, experimental drama, urban plays, feminist drama and realist plays. This volume also analyzes the works of some of the most notable American playwrights including Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller and those written by women dramatists.

The Modern Irish Drama

Edward Abood. The Reception of the Abbey Theatre in America, 1911–1914.
University of Chicago, unpublished doctoral dissertation, 1962. Abood's
discussion is well researched and quite informative, and has been of much use in
the writing ...

Author: Robert Hogan

Publisher: Modern Irish Drama: A Document

ISBN: 9780851053509

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 532

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"A feast for all those interested in the history of the Theatre...a rich, fascinating and, to the drama-junkie, indispensable book on a generally neglected period of Irish theatrical history"-The Irish Press

The Theatre

Photos White SCENE IN " IRISHRY , ” PRESENTED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE
IRISH THEATRE OF AMERICA T HE little Bandbox Theatre , which has already
afforded such about to go to the poor house . The acting capacities of the ...

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Theatre Magazine

Photos White SCENE IN " IRISHRY , " PRESENTED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE
IRISH THEATRE OF AMERICA T HE little ... In “ Red Turf ” Mr. These Irish -
American players really made their first bow to an Amer John P. Campbell was as
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