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Theatre Is Dead, a podcast hosted by Cara and Charlie, explores the many deaths and rebirths of Theatre throughout the centuries.


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Theatre Is Dead, a podcast hosted by Cara and Charlie, explores the many deaths and rebirths of Theatre throughout the centuries.




Episode 11: The Grand Guignol & Paula Maxa

In this episode, Charlie and Cara discuss the gory, ghastly Grand Guignol, and the original Scream Kween, Paula Max. Sources Theatre of Fear & Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962 by Mel GordonThe Horrors of the Grand Guignol: Crash Course Theater #35IMDB, Paula MaxaThe Nervous Stage: Nineteenth-century Neuroscience and the Birth of Modern TheatreThe unexpected talent of Paula Maxa, the actress who was killed 358 times [translated]Stage Death: from offstage to in-your-faceGrandGuignol.comThe Findesiecle Paris Theater Whose Performances Were Literally TorturousFangrrls Forgotten Women of Genre, Paula Maxa


Hear & Now: October 26, 2020

Tony NomineesLittle Shop of Horrors: Live, in person, in New HampshireAmerican Alliance for Theatre & Education to Host Leaders of Color InstituteAlliance for Jewish Theatre Announces Virtual 2020 Conference‘Black Acting Methods’ was the best-selling theatre book this past summerDallas Summer Musicals Launches Virtual Professional Development Platform for Arts EducatorsStreaming Caryl Churchill's Escaped AloneSkeleton CrewBaby Bear, Moon on a Stick ProductionsAmeriQUEERIt Came From Theatre 312 Angry Men and WomenComplete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home


Episode 10: The American Revolutionary War and Mary Otis Warren

In this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie get personal with revolutionary playwright and propaganda kween Mary Otis Warren and discuss how theatre might have won the American Revolution. Sources: THE FIRST AMERICAN THEATREOn this day 1778 Joseph Addison’s play Cato: A Tragedy was performed to the American Continental army encamped in Valley Forge Unhappy "Unhappy Differences:" The American Revolution and the Disruption of the Course of Theatre in VirginiaBritish Soldiers' Theatre During the Revolutionary WarCONGRESS BANS THEATRE!Mercy Otis Warren American writer and historianRevolutionary War BIOGRAPHY Mercy Otis WarrenNational Women's Hall of Fame: Mercy Otis WarrenMercy Otis Warren (1728–1814)National Women's History Museum: Mercy Otis WarrenLego stop animation: Mercy Otis Warren


Hear & Now: October 16, 2020

Cara and Charlie discuss Boradway's extended shutdown, the upcoming Tony Awards Broadway Shutdown Broadway Shutdown Extended Through May 2021 Due to COVID-19Broadway Will Remain Closed at Least Through MayNYC Venues opening soon? Broadway Will Be a While. These Venues Say They’re Ready Now.Several NYC Theatres Hope to Reopen Soon for Socially Distant Indoor PerformancesBroadway Flash Mob Watch Bernadette Peters and an All-Star Ensemble Perform a Surprise Rendition of ‘Sunday’ in Times SquareTony Awards Tony Awards to Announce Nominations Next Week and Hold Ceremony Who Knows WhenA Guide to the Shows Eligible in This Very Strange SeasonMacArthur Grant Larissa FastHorse Named MacArthur FellowActors' Equity VS. SAG There’s Not Much Work for Actors. Now Their Unions Are Fighting.Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA in Stalemate Regarding Streaming Theatre ProductionsActors’ Equity President Blasts SAG-AFTRA For Launching “Sham Investigation” Into Equity’s Internal Affairs; Guild Responds – UpdateUK U.K.’s Culture Recovery Fund Distributes £257 Million to Arts Venues in 1st Round of GrantsStreaming: StAnnsWarehouse.orgHenry IV OCT16–22The Tempest OCT 23– OCT 29Henry IV, The Tempest and Julius Caesar OCT 30 – NOV's What She Said to Me NOV Beautiful Laundrette Indefinitelytheatreworksusa.orgWe The People OCT 25-NOV3


Episode 11: The AEA Strike of 1919 & Francis Wilson

In this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie discuss the Actors taking it to the streets in 1919 and the first president of the Actors' Equity Association, Francis Wilson.


Episode 9: Times Square and Julie Taymor

In this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie discuss the Disney-fication of Times Square and Julie Taymor bringing a world of influence to the Broadway Stage. Sources: Times Square History of Times SquareNew York City Economy Prospered Amid Nationwide Recession of 80'sTheatre in NYC: History - Part IIIWikipediaRevival On Broadway: With the help of Walt Disney Co., Times Square is staging a comeback. But some fear the loss of the district’s soul.Explaining the 1990s economic boom — before Hillary doesBroadway and the Beast: Disney Comes to Times SquareJulie Taymor Women making History at the Tony AwardsTaymor World Theater FellowshipJewish Women's Archive: Julie TaymorO Magazine: Oprah talks to Julie TaymorTop 10 Highest Grossing Broadway ShowsIBDBIOBDBIMDB


Hear & Now: October 7, 2020

Charlie and Cara discuss the proposed reopening of theatres on the West End, a reimagination of how artists are contracted in the US, grant opportunities to keep BIPOC arts spaces open, and what's streaming. Articles referenced: West End Shows Announce a Return, Even as U.K. Coronavirus Cases RiseSome West End Musicals, Including Six, Plan to Return in NovemberAgatha Christie's The Mousetrap to Reopen in London This FallAndrew Lloyd Webber, All Alone in the Moonlight, Participating in a COVID Vaccine TrialOxford Covid vaccine trial suspension: what happens next?Labor At Soho Rep, a Revolutionary Idea: Put the Creative People on Salary Stage Actors to Face New Health Insurance Hurdle Actors and Directors Still Dominate Broadway Stages, Report FindsWhat's Next Mellon Foundation to Provide $5 Million to Aid Black TheatersNew Initiative Will Grant $156 Million to Arts Groups Run by People of Color Streaming MUSICAL TO BE FILMED & RELEASED ON NETFLIX AHEAD OF BROADWAY DEBUTwriteoutloudsd.comopenstagehbg.com


Episode 8: Noh Theatre

In this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie discuss how Japan's Noh theatre emerged from stripping for sunlight and Kan'ami and Zeami keeping theatre in the family. HEAR AND NOW - 03:00 - THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON THE ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR 04:50 -Theatregoers’ Willingness to Return Is Trending Down, Data Show 07:50 - We Experienced the First West End Show Staged With Social Distancing. Here's What It Was Like. 09:05 - Future Stages 12:00 - 13:15 - Black Theatre Coalition 15:00 - Wait for It: The Hamilton Oscar Debate Is Not Over 15:30 - The Room 15:50 - Finish the Fight 16:40 - Girls Like That, Synergy Theatre 18:10 - The National WW2 Museum 18:18 - Only the Brave Musical 18:51 - ‘Gotham Refuses to Get Scared’: In 1918, Theaters Stayed Open 19:00 - Historical Context : The Origins of NOH Theatre Sources: & civilization by Crompton, Louis, 1925


Episode 7: Women in Opera and the Caccini Sisters

In this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie discuss how Europe had to make a whole new art form to finally put women center stage and get personal with the multitalented Francesca and Settimia Caccini.


Episode 6: Here & Now, Black Lives Matter

Cara and Charlie discuss the American Theatre's renewed investment in social justice in the wake of protests surrounding the murder of unarmed black citizens. Resources: Arts Activism Resources@alyraehe on Instagram of the UncertainT Podcast )Black Theatre MattersWe See You, White American Theatre PetitionTheatre Makers of ColorTheatres Not Speaking OutAnnie E. Casey Race Matters AssessmentAvoiding racist phrasing


Episode 5: Roman Theatre and Terence

In this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie discuss how theatre popped up between gladiator matches in Rome and Europe's first playwright of color, Terence (one name, like Madonna). Sources: Western TheatreHow American Theatre Has Prevailed Through HistoryThe Night Before Pearl Harbor V Was for Variety Reconciliation, Resolution, and the Political Role of "Oklahoma!" in American Consciousness Theatre in the Modern WorldTHEATRE HISTORY - Restoration to PresentThe Cambridge Guide to American Theatre


Episode 4: Post World War II and Lorraine Hansberry

On this episode of Theatre is Dead, Cara and Charlie discuss how drama got depressing after World War II and get personal with playwright, Lorraine Hansberry.


Episode 3: Theatre in Mesoamerica and Juana Inés de la Cruz

In this episode, Cara and Charlie talk about Spanish missionaries delivering terrifying theatre to Mesoamerica and get personal with Juana Inés de la Cruz a proto-feminist playwright. also a nun.


Episode 2: Litergical Theatre and the Bishop of Winchester

In this episode, Cara and Charlie talk about theatre's holy comeback after 500 years in the dark and get personal with "Saint" Æthelwold who spiced up the Catholic mass with some theatre and drag.


BONUS: Notes From the Fans

Cara and Charlie receive their first feedback in this bonus episode.


Episode 1: The Flu of 1918 and Lillian Gish

In Theatre is Dead's premiere episode Cara and Charlie talk about theatre's reaction to the Flu Pandemic of 1918 (A.K.A. the Spanish Flu), parallels to COVID-19 and Lillian Gish.