APR 10: Spring Lecture Series #4 / American Theater: A Short, Dangerous History of Frontier Performance
This year's Lecture Series' theme is "Public Entertainment in the Early American Republic".
Please join us for all 4 events scheduled for Tuesday evening in late March and early April.
Admission is FREE
Light snacks will be served
All lectures will be in the Museum's Dairy Barn Lecture Hall.
For More Info: http://www.frontiermuseum.org/spring-lecture-series-2018/
Lecture #4 - April 10, 7:oo pm
Matthew Rebhorn, James Madison University
“American Theater: A Short, Dangerous History of Frontier Performance”
Starting with Frederick Jackson Turner and Buffalo Bill Cody, this talk excavates the long prehistory of these performative events, revealing the deep-seated American obsession with staging the frontier. Exploring the intertwined stories of the history of the American frontier and the history of the American theater, this talk touches on and investigates a range of historical events in tandem with a host of performative representations of those events. Ultimately, this talk suggests how the frontier was always a performed event, was always a matter of how it was staged both before and behind the footlights. Moreover, as this talk highlights, the history of the American theater as a vibrant institution is inextricably bound with the settling and unsettling of the frontier.
Matthew Rebhorn ids a Roop Distinguished Professor of English at James Madison University. He specializes in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, American Novel, Theater History, Performance Theory, History of Science, and Medical Humanities.