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Abraham Goldfaden

Abraham Goldfaden  

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(1840–1908)Ukrainian dramatist and composer, considered the father of the modern Yiddish stage. Goldfaden mounted full-fledged operettas, some of which—The Witch (1879), The Two Kuni-Lemls (1880), ...
Africa

Africa  

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This entry summarizes some of the main features of indigenous sub-Saharan African theatre and performance, concentrating on pre-colonial forms. For the syncretic forms which emerged after colonial ...
African-American theatre

African-American theatre  

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After the War of 1812, William Henry Brown offered alfresco amusements for blacks in a tea garden behind his house in New York. By 1821, whites formed much of the ...
Boris Tomashefsky

Boris Tomashefsky  

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(c.1866–1939)Ukrainian-American Yiddish actor. Tomashefsky arrived in New York in 1881, in possession of a melodious voice and good looks, and in 1882 participated in the first Yiddish performance in ...
Campesino, El Teatro

Campesino, El Teatro  

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A Chicano theatre troupe founded by Luís Valdez and a group of striking farmworkers in Delano, California, in 1965. Under Valdez's guidance, the Teatro members, who had never acted before ...
Caribbean theatre, anglophone

Caribbean theatre, anglophone  

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The areas of the Caribbean once controlled or colonized by the English, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, the Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, and St Vincent, have vital ...
carnival

carnival  

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A period of public revelry at a regular time each year, as during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade. Recorded from the ...
David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang  

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(b. 1957), playwright.America's preeminent Asian‐American playwright was born in Los Angeles, the son of Chinese immigrants, and attended Stanford and Yale before settling in New York, where his ...
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Peter W. Marx, Peter W. Marx, and Peter W. Marx

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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From the Greek diaspeirein, meaning ‘disperse’ or ‘scatter’, diaspora refers to peoples who have settled, voluntarily or by force, outside their homelands or their traditional or ancestral ... More
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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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From the Greek diaspeirein, meaning ‘disperse’ or ‘scatter’, diaspora refers to peoples who have settled, voluntarily or by force, outside their homelands or their traditional or ancestral ... More
ethnicity

ethnicity  

A term for the ethnic group to which people belong. Usually it refers to group identity based on culture, religion, traditions, and customs. In some contexts, it is a “politically correct” term ...
H. Leivick

H. Leivick  

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(1886–1962)Russian-American poet and dramatist. After seven years in the Tsar's prisons for revolutionary activity, Leivick escaped in 1913 to settle in New York, where he became a leading Yiddish ...
Habimah Theatre

Habimah Theatre  

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Company founded in Moscow in 1917 to perform plays in Hebrew. Its first performance took place in 1918 and attracted the attention of Stanislavsky, who sent his pupil Vakhtangov (see ...
Hanna Rovina

Hanna Rovina  

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(1889–1980)Russian-Israeli actress admired for her regal appearance and impressive voice. In 1917 she became a founding member of the Moscow Habima company. Her role as Leah in The Dybbuk ...
Harry Lauder

Harry Lauder  

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(1870–1950)Scottish actor. Lauder became the highest-paid performer of his time as an international music-hall star. He created a sensation in London in 1900, perfecting monologues, a wide variety of ...
interculturalism

interculturalism  

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One of the most controversial of contemporary performance practices, characterized at its best by a sharing and mutual borrowing of the manifestation of one theatre practice by another. At worst ...
Jacob Ben-Ami

Jacob Ben-Ami  

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(1890–1977)Yiddish playwright, born in Minsk, Belarus. He joined the Hirshbein Troupe in Odessa, worked with the Vilna Troupe, and in 1912 settled in New York. In 1917 he joined ...
Jacob Gordin

Jacob Gordin  

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(1853–1909)Ukrainian Yiddish playwright. Immersed in Russian culture, Gordin arrived in New York in 1892 and was soon commissioned by Jacob Adler to write Siberia, a melodrama that marked the ...
Jacob P. Adler

Jacob P. Adler  

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(1855–1926)Latvian-American actor, considered the greatest dramatic actor of the Yiddish theatre. A powerful actor-manager with a flair for scenic effects, he began his career in Russia, moved to ...
Mapa Teatro

Mapa Teatro  

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Colombian theatre group founded in 1984 by Heidi and Rolf Aberhalden Cortés. After working with companies in Europe like Théâtre du Soleil, they returned in 1986 with Casa tomada (Occupied ...

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