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The Resource London in a box : Englishness and theatre in revolutionary America, Odai Johnson

London in a box : Englishness and theatre in revolutionary America, Odai Johnson

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London in a box : Englishness and theatre in revolutionary America
Title
London in a box
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Englishness and theatre in revolutionary America
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Odai Johnson
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Language
eng
Summary
"If one went looking for the tipping point in the prelude to the American Revolution, it would not be the destruction of the tea in Boston Harbor, or the blockade of Boston by British warships, or even the gathering of the first Continental Congress; rather, it was the Congress's decision in late October of 1774 to close the theatres. In this remarkable feat of historical research, Odai Johnson pieces together the surviving fragments of the story of the first professional theatre troupe based in the British North American colonies. In doing so, he tells the story of how colonial elites came to decide they would no longer style themselves British gentlemen, but instead American citizens. London in a Box chronicles the enterprise of David Douglass, founder and manager of the American Theatre, from the 1750s to the climactic 1770s. The ambitious Scotsman's business was teaching provincial colonials to dress and behave as genteel British subjects. Through the plays he staged, the scenery and costumes, and the bearing of his actors, he displayed London fashion and London manners. He counted among his patrons the most influential men in America, from British generals and governors to local leaders, including the avid theatre-goers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. By 1774, Douglass operated a monopoly of theatres in six colonies and the Anglophone Caribbean, from Jamaica to Charleston and northward to New York City. (Boston remained an impregnable redoubt against theatre.) How he built this network of patrons and theatres and how it all went up in flames as the revolution began is the subject of this witty history. A treat for anyone interested in the world of the American Revolution and an important study for historians of the period"--
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contains biographical information
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1959-
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Johnson, Odai
Dewey number
  • 792.02/33092
  • B
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2287.D543
LC item number
J64 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in theatre history and culture
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  • Douglass, David
  • Theatrical producers and directors
  • Theater
  • Theater and state
  • United States
  • Douglass, David
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • Civilization
  • Theater
  • Theater and state
  • Theatrical producers and directors
  • United States
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London in a box : Englishness and theatre in revolutionary America, Odai Johnson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-269) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface. "The Velim Lyth Bare" : a note on absence and other sources -- Prologue. The most well-connected man in America receives a letter from Congress, and is put out of business -- A season of great uncertainty : New York, October 1774 -- A disastrous arrival : New York, October 1758 -- Building a network : 1759-1760 -- London in a box -- This wandering theatre : Newport, New York, Charleston, 1761-1763 -- Heart of oak, and other transatlantic transformations : April 1764-October 1766 -- Murder in the greenroom, and other London interludes : 1764-1765 -- Sailing on an unwelcomed ship : 1765-1766 -- The politics of frugality : 1767-1769 -- Associations and binges : 1770 -- Lords of the turf : Maryland, 1770-1771 -- Great reckonings in small rooms : 1773-1774 -- Christopher Gadsden's wharf : Charleston, summer 1774 -- The second America : New York, winter 1774 -- Epilogue. Final reckonings : New York, January 1775
Control code
960707670
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 273 pages
Isbn
9781609384944
Lccn
2016040304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)960707670
Label
London in a box : Englishness and theatre in revolutionary America, Odai Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-269) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface. "The Velim Lyth Bare" : a note on absence and other sources -- Prologue. The most well-connected man in America receives a letter from Congress, and is put out of business -- A season of great uncertainty : New York, October 1774 -- A disastrous arrival : New York, October 1758 -- Building a network : 1759-1760 -- London in a box -- This wandering theatre : Newport, New York, Charleston, 1761-1763 -- Heart of oak, and other transatlantic transformations : April 1764-October 1766 -- Murder in the greenroom, and other London interludes : 1764-1765 -- Sailing on an unwelcomed ship : 1765-1766 -- The politics of frugality : 1767-1769 -- Associations and binges : 1770 -- Lords of the turf : Maryland, 1770-1771 -- Great reckonings in small rooms : 1773-1774 -- Christopher Gadsden's wharf : Charleston, summer 1774 -- The second America : New York, winter 1774 -- Epilogue. Final reckonings : New York, January 1775
Control code
960707670
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 273 pages
Isbn
9781609384944
Lccn
2016040304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)960707670

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