Reactions to the Theatre: Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, 1665-1793
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A. Leland Jamison
American colonies, New World, Theater history, Religious reaction
Religion | Theatre and Performance Studies
This dissertation surveys what occurred when men who wanted the cultural and economic experiences of the theatre in America were opposed in their attempts to establish it by conscientious institutions, groups and individual men who felt that theatre should be prohibited in the New World. This dissertations deals with the reaction to the possibility of the establishment of theatre in the colonies, as well as the plays performed in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. It does not aim to include the plays, persons, and theatres which have played an important part in our national theatre history. The section dealing with Virginia, however, has more material of this sort as the reaction in the cavalier colony was more uniformly positive. Its primary aim is to synthesize the different reactions on both sides as I have found it expressed in their contemporary accounts. In support of this contemporary material related sources in the history of the theater as well as American Colonial history have also been utilized.
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Little, Paul Judson, "Reactions to the Theatre: Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, 1665-1793" (1969). Religion - Dissertations. Paper 74.