Performing the American Frontier, 1870-1906
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Performing the American Frontier, 1870-1906 by Roger A. Hall
Book DescriptionPerforming the American Frontier, 1870-1906 examines how the American frontier was presented in theatrical productions during the critical period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of cinema. In chronological fashion, the book explores the post-Civil War resurgence of interest in drama about the frontier, which led to a host of action-packed melodramas. From famous personalities such as Mark Twain and 'Buffalo Bill' Cody to lesser-known individuals such as native American playwright and actress Gowongo Mohawk, Hall examines the plays, the players, and the playwrights who helped to define the American westward migration in theatrical terms and covers the complete dramatic experience including scenery, performance and staging. The book demonstrates the extraordinary variety of subject matter and theatrical styles used to dramatize the frontier, and places frontier drama within the context of its society by framing the productions with the contemporary debates on national policies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521035170
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger A. Hall
Performing the American Frontier, 1870-1906, Hardback (August 2001)
This book examines how the American frontier was presented in theatrical productions.
Writing Your First Play, Paperback (March 1998)» View all books by Roger A. Hall
Aims to provide the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based in a series of exercises which gradually grow more complex, this book helps the reader to understand the basic elements of drama, conflict, and action.
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Author Biography - Roger A. Hall
Roger A. Hall is Professor of Theatre at James Madison University, Virginia.
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