UTC Onstage: Selections for 2/14
Each of the links below will open up a new window when you click on it. You can move around all you want in that new window, as when you'll look through the "POSTERS," and when you're done reading or printing off that part of the assignment, just close the whole window (you usually do that by clicking the X in the upper righthand or lefthand corner of the browser display), and that will bring you back to this page so you can go on to the next part of the assignment. Ain't electronic technology great?
PLAYBILLS: I hope you'll have time to look through all 24 playbills in Act Two, and enlarge the bills' various sections to see what they suggest about the cultural work the play did after emancipation. But the first links below are the ones I want you to look at most carefully -- and if you're short on time, focus on them:
FLYERS: These are essentially more elaborate versions of the playbills. If you have time, look at the 4 that are in the site. If not, just focus on the one listed first below:
LITHOGRAPHS: If you can look at them over the ethernet, it shouldn't take long to look through all of these very dramatic and colorful posters. They probably date from 1900-1915. One thing to be looking for is how these posters reduce both Stowe's story and her characters to "quintessences" -- though if you look at the TWO TOM'S exhibit, it will remind us that even as "essences" or "stereotypes," the figures in this spectacle can embody ambivalences and contradictions. If you have to look at these through a modem, look at enough to get a sense of what they are.
ADVERTISING CARDS: Again, if you have a good connection to the Internet, you should be able to look through this material fairly quickly. The link below will take you to the homepage for all the "Tom Show" cards in the site. What I want you to make sure you look at, though, are the cards in the ADVERTISING CARDS & TICKETS section.
REVIEWS AND NOTICES: I'd hoped to have a lot more reviews of "Tom Shows" in the archive by the time we got to this class, and I know you're disappointed the reading part of the assignment isn't longer. Just these two items:
NOT REQUIRED, BUT VERY INTERESTING: By the 1920s the Tom Shows were disappearing from the national landscape (though some companies were still "tomming" until at least the 1930s). But one of the more popular theatrical entertainments of the Twenties was the strange phenomenon called Topsy and Eva, a musical version of Stowe's story staged (and then filmed) by the Duncan Sisters. There's a lot of material about this piece of pop culture in the archive, including recordings of the Duncans as Topsy and Eva from the 1920s, available at:
As always, if any of this is unclear, or hard to locate, please let me know by e-mail.