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This companion volume to American Theatre Companies, 1749-1887 (Greenwood Press, 1986) is an indispensable guide to an aspect of American theatre covered by no other reference work. Salient facts about resident acting companies of the period in the United States are presented in an easy-to-use format. Information from hundreds of published and unpublished sources relating to the dates, places, personnel, policies, and repertories of the most durable theatrical groups is encapsulated and arranged for easy access. Each entry includes dates and locations of the company's operations, names of managers with information about their artistic and business practices, as well as facts about key performers, designers, technicians, and other support personnel. An added dimension is provided in the analysis of each group's repertory and assessment of its commercial and artistic achievement. A bibliography of published sources used in the entry, as well as a guide to archival resources for further study are included.
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About the Author
WELDON B. DURHAM is Associate Professor of Speech and Dramatic Art at the University of Missouri.
Table of Contents
Appendices: Chronology of Theatre Companies; Theatre Companies by State
Index of Personal Names and Play Titles