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Frontier dramas were among the most popular and successful of early twentieth century Broadway type plays The long runs of dramas such as Augustus Thomas s Arizona 1900 , Owen Wister and Kirke La Shelle s The Virginian 1904 , Edwin Milton Royle s The Squaw Man 1905 , David Belasco s The Girl of the Golden West 1905 , William Vaughn Moody s The Great Divide 1906 , and Rachel Crothers s The Three of Us 1906 not only indicate the popularity of these plays but also tell us that these plays offered views about the frontier that original audiences could and did embrace By focusing on how these and other plays represent the intersection of period ideas about the nature of the frontier process on the one hand, with prevailing dramatic conventions and theatre production practices, on the other, Wattenberg sets the frontier perspective offered in these theatrical works within the larger context of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American culture Despite differences in how these plays translate the frontier experience into stage action, as a group they delineate the parameters of a coalescing frontier discourse that shaped and has continued to shape American art and thought....

Title : Early-Twentieth-Century Frontier Dramas on Broadway: Situating the Western Experience in Performing Arts (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)
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ISBN : 0230111440
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan 2011 edition May 11, 2011
Number of Pages : 280 pages
File Size : 584 KB
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