Episodes

Nov. 25, 2022

32. The Fight Against the Clansman, Part One

We begin the harrowing and alarming story of "The Clansman" in Philadelphia. Although this play by the author Thomas W. Dixon is …

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Nov. 11, 2022

Encore Episode: "I Fear No One" - Native American Performance in 19th…

A re-broadcast of an episode originally released in November of 2021. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, an exploration …

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Oct. 28, 2022

31. The Quaker City: The Forbidden Play of 1844, Part Three

The mob is gathering in the street outside the Chestnut Street Theatre, while inside the rehearsals for the scandalous play The Q…

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Oct. 14, 2022

30. The Quaker City: The Forbidden Play of 1844, Part Two

George Lippard's novel "The Quaker City, or the Monks of Monk Hall" is made into a new play. The excitement about it builds in Ph…

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Sept. 30, 2022

29. The Quaker City: The Forbidden Play of 1844, Part One

We set the scene for the 1844 battle over the play at Philadelphia's Chestnut Street Theater, entitled "The Quaker City, or the M…

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Sept. 23, 2022

Season Two Announcement: Drama is Conflict

A quick announcement about our upcoming season of new episodes!

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Sept. 16, 2022

Jasper Deeter and the Hedgerow Theatre

Jasper Deeter formed Philadelphia's oldest repertory theater company in 1923. His work as a director,  actor, visionary and actin…

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July 29, 2022

The Paul Robeson House

This special episode of the podcast goes on a journey to the Paul Robeson House and Museum in Philadelphia. Included is an interv…

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July 8, 2022

Special Episode: "Good Night Sweet Prince: John Barrymore Comes Home"

Like the ghost of Hamlet's father, John Barrymore wouldn't stay still and kept showing up! A chapter about Philadelphia's most f…

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June 17, 2022

28. Life & Death in the Theater: More 19th Century Stories

Here are six more stories of 19th C. Philadelphia theater. We discuss Alexander Reinagle, Joseph Jefferson III, James Murdoch, Ma…

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June 3, 2022

Philadelphia's 'Negro Unit' of the Federal Theatre Project: A Convers…

An interview/conversation with Jonathan Shandell, the author of a January 2022 article in the journal Theater History Studies ent…

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May 6, 2022

Interview: Mary B. Robinson

Mary Robinson sat down for a talk with Adventures in Theater History to discuss her four-and-a-half year long tenure at the Drama…

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April 18, 2022

27. The Best of Times

From the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the end of the 19th Century, Philadelphia's experienced a boom in theater construction. Ne…

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March 25, 2022

26. The Black Booth: Part Two

John A. Arneaux plays "Richard III" at the Academy of Music, then mysteriously exits the American stage. His co-star, the actor H…

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March 4, 2022

25. The Black Booth: Part One

John A. Arneaux starred in a one-night all-Black production of "Richard III' at Philadelphia's Academy of Music in January 1887. …

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Feb. 11, 2022

Special Episode: The Mischianza

Before ending their occupation of Philadelphia in 1778, the British threw themselves a hell of a theatre party! Knights and heral…

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Jan. 28, 2022

24. The Everlasting Minstrel Show

The story of one of America's most infamous - and influential - performance traditions, as it specifically relates to the history…

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Jan. 14, 2022

23. The Charlotte Cushman Club

The famous 19th Century American tragic actress - and the 2Oth Century Philadelphia women who founded an organization in her hono…

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Dec. 31, 2021

Special Episode: The Mummers Parade - An interview with Dr. Christian…

Mike Lueger of "The Theatre History Podcast" interviews Dr. Christian DuComb about the history of Philadelphia Mummers Parade, th…

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Dec. 17, 2021

22. The Academy of Music

What was Philadelphia to do, in an age when theater audiences were Running Riot? Why, of course! . .  build them an Academy, and …

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Dec. 3, 2021

21. Theater of Cruelty

Bad behavior, bigotry and boorishness! Philadelphia's New Theatre on Chestnut Street, as well as being the premiere home for dram…

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Nov. 19, 2021

20. "I Fear No One" - Native American Performance in 19th Century Phi…

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, an exploration of performances by Indigenous People in theaters of the City of Philad…

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Nov. 5, 2021

19. The Duchess of Arch Street, Part Two

"Mrs. John Drew's Arch Street Theatre" was the most famous company in Philadelphia, during the period from 1862 to 1897. We even …

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Oct. 15, 2021

18. The Duchess of Arch Street, Part One

Louisa Lane Drew's rise to fame and respectability. We chronicle her early years, long before she became the grandmother of All T…

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