By O. Johnson
History, they are saying, has a dirty tongue. in terms of colonial theatre in the US, what we all know approximately functionality has come from the detractors of theatre and never its manufacturers. but this doesn't account for the flourishing theatrical circuit proven among 1760 and 1776. This research explores the culture's social aid of the theatre.
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The presence of the playhouse was a landmark of high culture on the provincial skyline or forested map. It was, like an English garden, an ornament to a town. But the towns could not support a permanent company. Between seasons, it held out a promise of a homecoming, a waiting church, a church without a preacher, but still a church. " Between stints in the 1760 playhouse in Williamsburg, the landmark was a familiar sign in the newspapers. "56 Even after the playhouse was dismantled sometime in the late 1770s, its presence was still felt.
How cultivated a space might seem a tidy English garden of the governor's palace against the woods that not border, but occupy and overwhelm most of the map of New Bern that Sauthier drew. How cultivated a space might seem a playhouse? Figure 3 1769 Map of Halifax, North Carolina by Claude Joseph Sauthier. Courtesy British Library ~ "-l 47 48 Absence and Memory "THE BEST ACTOR ON THE AMERICAN STAGE" The new governor's influence was felt in many ways while his palace was in the building. Tryon encouraged the printer James Davis to reissue his newspaper.
This pattern afforded him a guaranteed place of residence when the company returned to each city, and no doubt mitigated against the need of securing and resecuring permission to play with each visit. Records of many such contracts are preserved for the Annapolis Theatre; the Southwark Theatre in Philadelphia; the John Street Theatre in New York; Petersburg and Norfolk, Virginia; Kingston, Spanish Town, and Montego Bay, Jamaica; and the long-term lease of the Church Street theatre in Charleston.