Monthly Archives: July 2013

Also Today in Theatre History: O’NEILL’S FIRST PLAY OPENS–July 28, 1916

On this day in theatre history (July 28, 1916) Eugene O’Neill’s Bound East for Cardiff was staged on Lewis Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  It was the first performance ever of a play by O’Neill.  The seafaring one-act was so well received, … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: DRAMA PLACES 2ND AT OLYMPIC GAMES–July 28, 1928

Here’s a curious piece of theatre as well as Olympic history:  It was on this day (July 28) in 1928 that the first and only Olympic medal competition in drama was held.  Yup, Olympic drama.  Oddly, only one medal was … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF PETER PAN–July 17

On this day in theatre history–July 17–two curiously related things happened exactly two years apart.  In 1953 the great American stage actress, Maude Adams died in Tannersville, New York, at the age of 80.  She had been one of the … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: PROVINCETOWN PLAYERS FOUNDED–July 15, 1915

On this day in theatre history–July 15, 1915–the famed Provincetown Players was founded when a group of bohemian artists, writers, and poets vacationing on Cape Cod gathered on the veranda of a house in Provincetown, Massachusetts, to perform two original … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: BARNUM’S AMERICAN MUSEUM BURNS DOWN & NEW YORKERS GO A LITTLE NUTS–July 13, 1865

Perhaps more devastating (and certainly more exciting) than the Civil War for nineteenth-century New Yorkers was the great fire that consumed P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in 1865.  On this day in theatre history–July 13–Barnum’s famed establishment burned to the ground … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: BRITISH GOV’T CREATES THE NATIONAL THEATRE–July 12, 1961

On this day in theatre history–July 12, 1961–the British government authorized the expendture of £ 1 million for the creation of a national theatre. The result:   One of the greatest cultural institutions in the world, generating £80 million in … Continue reading

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Today in Theatre History: AMERICA’S FIRST PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR THEATRE–July 9, 1800

On this day in theatre history–July 9, 1800–the first commercial outdoor theatre in the United States was opened by chef-turned-theatre manager, Joseph Corre, on the northwest corner of Leonard Street and Broadway in New York City.  It was called The … Continue reading

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