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Author Stainton, Leslie, 1955- author

Title Staging ground : an American theater and its ghosts / Leslie Stainton
Published University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Haunted -- Mr. Yecker opens a theater: 1866 -- The killing of the Conestogas: 1763 -- Sacred space -- Mr. Hager builds a hall: 1852 -- "What has the north to do with slavery?": 1852-1861 -- Interlude -- Theater of war: 1861-1865 -- Mr. Yecker opens an opera house: 1873 -- In transit -- Buffalo Bill and the American West: 1873-1882 -- Memory machine -- The minstrel's mask: 1852-1927 -- Empty space -- Players: 1886-1893 -- Women's work: 1870-1931 -- Cartography -- Images, moving and still: 1896-1930 -- Ghost dance: 1896-1997
Summary "In this poignant and personal history of one of America's oldest theaters, Leslie Stainton captures the story not just of an extraordinary building but of a nation's tumultuous struggle to invent itself. Built in 1852 and in use ever since, the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is uniquely ghosted. Its foundations were once the walls of a colonial jail that in 1763 witnessed the massacre of the last surviving Conestoga Indians. Those same walls later served to incarcerate fugitive slaves. 'Staging Ground' explores these tragic events and their enduring resonance in a building that later became a town hall, theater, and movie house - the site of minstrel shows, productions of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', oratory by the likes of Thaddeus Stevens and Mark Twain, performances by Buffalo Bill and his troupe of "Wild Indians," Hollywood Westerns, and twenty-first-century musicals."-- from the book jacket
"Through both history and personal memoir, examines the role of the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in the shaping of American identity from colonial times to the present"--Provided by publisher
Notes "Keystone books."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Stainton, Leslie, 1955-
Yecker, Blasius, 1834-1903.
Fulton Opera House -- History.
Theater and society -- United States -- History.
Theater -- Pennsylvania -- Lancaster -- History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 027106434X (electronic bk.)
9780271064345 (electronic bk.)