June 25, 2021

Episode 12: The Stages of Fire

Episode 12: The Stages of Fire

An exploration of Philadelphia's theater fires in the 1800s, and how efforts to prevent fires affect the physical environment of theatergoing today.

Fires were a real danger in 19th Century theater, and some Philadelphia theaters were burned down and rebuilt multiple times. Inevitably, in some of these fires performers, audience members, and firefighters lost their lives. In this episode we go on exploration of how theater fires in the 1800s affect the physical environment that we experience plays in today.

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