The Theater in the South During the American Revolution

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Although the performance of plays on American soil during the
period of the Revolution was strictly prohibited by a Congressional
resolution of 1774 (reinforced by a similar resolution passed in 1778),
numerous theatrical productions were given by British officers garrisoned or imprisoned in various American cities between 1775 and
1783. American officers countered with occasional productions of
their own, but Congress's will was scrupulously obeyed in the case of
professional American performers-until 1781, when a professional
theatrical troupe began giving a series of performances in various
Maryland cities. What follows is the history of the theater in the South
during the Revolution.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalSouthern Quarterly
StatePublished - 1980


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Theater History

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