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Unformatted text preview: TD 301, 10/29/07 African American Theatre Context: Systematic Political Oppression-Slavery-Jim Crow Laws: Segregation laws inspired by character Jim Crow. Stereotypes of African Americans being different.-Segregation-Resulted in context from Jim Crow Laws-Racism Repercussions in theatre-Stereotypical representation: Minstrelsy popular.-Problems of access-For performers and audiences. B/c of segregation laws, Afr. Americans could not go to watch theatre in many places or perform. 19 th Century, part 1: African Grove Theatre-Founded by William Henry Brown, 1821 Significant b/c recorded as first known African American theatre comp.-Began as outdoor tea garden, turned into indoor theatre-Repertory (types of plays performed): Shakespeare, Othello, Richard III, etc Known for the play King Shotoway-about island conflict-Ira Aldridge (1807-1867)-Great classical actor (Othello, Macbeth, Lear). Canon definition of classical. Classical acting associated w/ plays with canon. Encouraged to speak in verse rather than prose. associated w/ plays with canon....
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '07