Monthly Archives: May 2013

Today in Theatre History: PRYNNE & PENN HATE THEATRE; OR, THE EARS HAVE IT–May 31

The end of May seems to be unusually popular with anti-theatrical types as well as the cutting off of ears.  Two significant anti-theatrical events occurred on this day–MAY 31–both directly related to cutting off people’s ears. PRYNNE’S HISTRIOMASTIX; OR, UP … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: MARLOWE’S MURDER; OR, SOMEONE REALLY GOT HIS GOAT–May 30, 1593

On this very day in theatre history, exactly 420 years ago–May 30, 1593–young Christopher Marlowe–l’enfant terrible of the Elizabethan stage–was stabbed to death in the head (or the eye or the forehead or just above the eye or between the … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: NIJINSKY AND THE TURKEY TROT–May 29

Exactly 100 years ago today–May 29, 1913–Nijinsky’s controversial and ground-breaking Rite of Spring opened in Paris causing a near riot.  Exactly one year earlier on May 29, 1912, in Philadelphia, fifteen young women working for the Curtis Music Publishing Company met during … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: LOPE DE VEGA GOES OFF TO WAR WHILE THE HALLAMS RETREAT–May 28

On this day in theatre history–May 28–some 166 years apart, theatre people do two very different things in the face of war.  In 1588, on this very day, the Spanish Armada sailed from Lisbon on its way to attack England … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: OBI; OR, THREE-FINGER’D JACK OPENS IN NEW YORK–May 27, 1801

On this day in theatre history–May 27, 1801–John Fawcett’s pantomime, Obi; Or, Three-Finger’d Jack, opened at New York City’s Park Theatre.  The play had been a big hit the year before in London and was soon to become an equally … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: ACTORS’ EQUITY TURNS 100 AND HOW O’NEILL FACTORS INTO THIS.

Exactly one hundred years ago today–May 26, 1913–a group of 112 theatre professionals met in the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel on Columbus Circle in New York City.   Looking to combat the mistreatment of performers within the industry, they voted … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: BARKER’S PANORAMA OPENS–May 25, 1793

On this day in theatre history–May 25, 1793–English painter, Robert Barker, opened his first “Panorama” on Leicester Square in London.  Barker, who invented and patented the process of semicircular (and eventually completely circular) landscape painting a few years earlier, constructed … Continue reading

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