Episodes

May 14, 2021

9. Chaos Comes to Walnut Street

The hurricanes of World History blow a French equestrian circus company all the way to Philadelphia, and the Walnut Street Theatr…

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April 30, 2021

8. New Year's Day at the New Theatre, 1800

Philadelphians ring in the New Year of 1800 with a spectacular staging of "Blue Beard, or Female Curiosity". Meanwhile, in the au…

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April 16, 2021

7. Two Paintings at The Met

How two paintings - of a Black oyster-seller and a group of Native Americans - give us insights in the early theater of Philadelp…

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April 2, 2021

6. Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Four

A Triumph, an International Tour, a Fire, and a Final Exit.

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March 26, 2021

5. Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Three

John Bill Ricketts completes his 1793 season of shows in Philadelphia - just in time to avoid the Yellow Fever epidemic. But when…

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March 26, 2021

4. Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Two

The influence of the English equestrian Phillip Astley, and how the equestrian circus was developing into an international form o…

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March 26, 2021

3. Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part One

How Philadelphia became the site of the First American Circus.

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March 26, 2021

2. Early Philadelphia Theater in the 18th Century

A broad overview of Philadelphia theater and its contribution to American drama - from the founding of Pennsylvania to the end of…

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March 23, 2021

1. Welcome to Adventures in Theater History

Why we're here, and what we're trying to do with our podcast. Peter tells the story of his own personal history, and how he star…

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