It’s nice to be screen shot! One of the best (originally unintentional) purposes Travalanche has ended up serving is as a kind of meet-up spot for actual relatives of vaudevillians, collectors, etc. Hearing from the descendants of the vaudeville performers is almost always worth it:
Archival Research and Rhetoric: Undergraduate REflections
[this is drafty. did not incorporate readings yet]
I wanted to know whether there were women who advocated for themselves/other women to be allowed to perform on stage in the era where all women’s roles were played by men. I figured 16th-17th century England would be a good period to look at, since this was the famous tradition of Shakespeare’s theater.
I googled theatre and database, and whaddya know, there was a http://www.theatredatabase.com/. I typed in women and stage, and this wonderful speech popped up. Here’s an excerpt.
WOMEN AND THE STAGE
|an address by Helena Modjeska|
|The following speech is reprinted from The World’s Congress of Representative Women. Ed. May Wright Sewall. New York: Rand, McNally & Co., 1894. pp. 164-73.|
“There is a general impression that the connection of woman with the stage … does not date farther back than the seventeenth, and…
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OK, Where have you been all my life? The Glory That Is Heston? I rest my case. I’m ordering your book as I tap this out, after having perused your site for the past hour. Thanks for That!
Don’t bother about my website. I left that dog of a career behind. I’m studying Addiction Counseling and loving it.
Hee hee, thanks! And nice to hear from you!