Shakespeare, Dr Nathan, Richard Paul discussed on Studio 360
Six. Wrote about the winter of our discontent. Oh, right. Shakespeare, Richard, the third act one scene one which is apt because for me and lots of other people going to see a Shakespeare play outdoors dust in the breezes, that is life made glorious summer. But how Shakespeare became such an American summer fixture is an interesting tale containing some sound and fury signifying lots tale told for us by Richard Paul. There was a time when you would have been arrested for watching Shakespeare in public. They ban theatre along with cockfighting and gambling horse racing all of those things, that's Heather Nathan's chair the performing arts department, at Tufts University, and she's talking about congress in seventeen seventy four congress banned theater. But even in seventeen seventy four the ban was part of a long, American tradition when Pennsylvania was first set up, Dr Nathan says they. Didn't allow theater the same thing happens with the Puritans in New England. They immediately say no theater. I'm not gonna get into all the details about why short version is Quakers Puritans believed that actors, I swear to God shot magic beams into the eyes and ears of spectators, that altered, the contents of their hearts, an actor could make your brain contract. And that's why you'd cry at play there's a longer explanation. But the important part is they really didn't want it going on even after science dispelled those ideas, even after the federal ban ended at the end of the revolutionary war. In theaters started opening, especially in the southern states are still a strong anti theatrical prejudice the carries over from older suspicions about the theater from the Puritans and Quakers Jay Cooke is a history, professor at the university of Michigan that with of impropriety, he says, makes the a particularly gendered space, the people who go to the theater. In the eighteen thirties, eighteen forties in places like New York Boston Philadelphia tended to be men in all those men attracted a certain kind of women, you'd find them had to Nathan says mostly in the balconies,.