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Image: Interior of the old John St. Theatre, N.Y., 1791
"All the World's a Stage": Highlights from The American Stage to 1819
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” As You Like It by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s influence over theater and literature far exceeded the borders of Europe and found new life in the early American colonies. In fact, theater was seen as such a British import that several states including Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts banned it under pressure from the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War years. In 1785, two years after the Revolutionary...
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