A Natural Stage
A History of Theatre in ArkansasManuscript or Typescript - 2008
The history of theatre in Arkansas begins long before there were any newspaper critics to write about it. Professional theatre didn't take a strong hold in Arkansas until the 1870s. From the end of the Reconstruction era through the early twentieth century, some of the biggest stars of American theatre visited the Little Rock stage. By the 1920s, theatre faded away in favor of film. However, in recent years, there have been valiant efforts to reintroduce theatre into the mainstream of Arkansas culture, with a professional theatre and excellent university theatre programs. The intention of this thesis is to present a comprehensive guide to theatre in the state from the beginning to 1921, when live performance gave way to film. Examining the past of Arkansas theatre will hopefully illuminate the present and help prepare for the future.
Characteristics: vi, 65 leaves ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: History of theatre in Arkansas