Exploring the History of Theater - in One Amazing City

Season 2

46. Hammerstein's Opera House, Part One

Jan. 27, 2023

We meet Manhattan opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein, and learn how the "Opera War" with his rival, the Metropolitan Opera Company, spread all the way to Philadelphia. What remains behind is not only an amazing theater, but …

45. The Fight Against The Clansman, Part Three

Jan. 13, 2023

1906: A coalition of African American men attempt to stop Thomas Dixon Jr.'s play The Clansman from being performed in Philadelphia. After leading a public protest in front of the Walnut Street Theatre, the whole matter ends…

44. Holiday Show - 2022

Dec. 30, 2022

Seven short and light vignettes from the history of Philadelphia Theater - all of which took place in the city during the Holiday, from various theatrical seasons over the past 150 years. A gift to all of you listeners and s…

43. The Fight Against The Clansman, Part Two

Dec. 16, 2022

We continue our story about Thomas Dixon Jr. and his 1905 play The Clansman with an examination of the early life of this formidable man. We learn the root causes of his political obsessions - and about his need to express h…

42. The Fight Against The Clansman, Part One

Nov. 25, 2022

We begin the harrowing story of The Clansman in Philadelphia. Although this play by Thomas W. Dixon is known as the progenitor to the 1915 D.W. Griffith film Birth of the Nation , few are aware of its early controversial his…

41. Encore Episode: "I Fear No One" - Native American Performance in 19th Century Philadelphia

Nov. 11, 2022

A re-broadcast of an episode originally released in November of 2021. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, an exploration of performances by Indigenous People in theaters of the City of Philadelphia in the 19th Cen…

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

Oct. 28, 2022

The mob is gathering in the street outside the Chestnut Street Theatre, while inside the rehearsals for the scandalous play The Quaker City go on! Will it all end in a deadly riot? The suspense is building . .

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

Oct. 14, 2022

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 Philadelphia, just as the national election of 1844 roils the city.

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

Sept. 30, 2022

We set the scene for the 1844 battle over the play at Philadelphia's Chestnut Street Theater, entitled "The Quaker City, or the Monks of Monk Hall," by George Lippard. How and why this production came about will be the story…

37. Season Two Announcement: Drama is Conflict

Sept. 23, 2022

A quick announcement about our upcoming season of new episodes . . . Spoiler Alert: There will be lots of drama. And conflict! © Podcast text copyright, Peter Schmitz. All rights reserved. ℗ All voice recordings copyright Pe…