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Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows

Season 1 Episode 30 | 13m 04s

We’re continuing our discussion of nineteenth-century American theater with a look at some upsetting parts of the US's theatrical past. In the nineteenth century, race and racism contributed to a unique and troubling performance culture, which helped create and spread racist stereotypes that are still with us today.

Aired: 09/20/18
Extras
19th century playwrights remade the French theater – first with Realism, then Naturalism.
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.
Under the Shoguns, we get Kabuki and Bunraku. And Samurais get in trouble for watching it.
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19th century playwrights remade the French theater – first with Realism, then Naturalism.
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.
Under the Shoguns, we get Kabuki and Bunraku. And Samurais get in trouble for watching it.