Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses: Gone but not forgotten with Richard Poole
Richard Poole is a Fullbright Scholar and his illustrated lecture details the incredible amount of theatre available to rural and small-town Midwest Americans between 1870 and 1940. By 1927, approximately 76 million people were entertained by roughly 400 traveling tent rep troupes. Audiences also witnessed many performances in other venues, such as opera houses, airdomes and circle stock. Basically the history of American theatre is the history of urban theatre. Rural theatre culture, featuring tent theatre, opera house, airdomes and circle stock, has been marginalized or excluded altogether. This fascinating lecture fills that void and is not just for the theatre buffs or even scholars but for all interested in American culture, especially rural theatre culture.