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Hrotsvitha, Hildegard, and the Nun who Resurrected Theater

Season 1 Episode 9 | 11m 01s

When last we saw Theater, it was just making its way back in the West, by sneaking a little drama into the Easter mass. In today's episode, we're talking about Hrotsvitha, the cool 10th century nun from Lower Saxony who was maybe the first playwright of the new era of theater. She wrote comedies with a moral message, and influenced future heavy hitters like Hildegard of Bingen.

Aired: 04/12/18
Extras
19th century playwrights remade the French theater – first with Realism, then Naturalism.
19th century racism contributed to a unique and troubling performance culture in America.
In the 1600s, English theater had to go into hiding, from PURITANS. Enter: WOMEN.
Let's discuss wizard theater and the rise of classical Chinese theater and Beijing Opera.
Learn about the all-night dance shows in India that culminate in killing a Demon.
1.What is theater? And 2. Is it spelled -re or -er? The first question is a bit trickier.
How did American theater develop after the Revolutionary War?
In the 18th century, audiences were ready for some really, really dramatic theater.
After Germany was unified, we got Sturm, Drang, Weimar Classicism and Goethe.
English Sentimental Comedies weren't that funny, but they were definitely sentimental.
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19th century playwrights remade the French theater – first with Realism, then Naturalism.
19th century racism contributed to a unique and troubling performance culture in America.
Let's discuss wizard theater and the rise of classical Chinese theater and Beijing Opera.
Learn about the all-night dance shows in India that culminate in killing a Demon.
In the 1600s, English theater had to go into hiding, from PURITANS. Enter: WOMEN.
1.What is theater? And 2. Is it spelled -re or -er? The first question is a bit trickier.
How did American theater develop after the Revolutionary War?
In the 18th century, audiences were ready for some really, really dramatic theater.
After Germany was unified, we got Sturm, Drang, Weimar Classicism and Goethe.
English Sentimental Comedies weren't that funny, but they were definitely sentimental.