Synopses & Reviews
No play in the history of the American stage has been as ubiquitous and as widely viewed as Uncle Tom's Cabin. This book traces the major dramatizations of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic from its inception in 1852 through "modern" versions on film. Frick examines the major productions, companies, and influential persons in the long, complex history of theatrical Toms, providing a broad overview of what has been labeled the "Uncle Tom phenomenon." Unlike previous studies about Uncle Tom's Cabin, Frick introduces the reader to the artists who created the plays and productions that created theatre history.
About the Author
John Frick is a professor of Theatre at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America and New York's First Theatrical Center: The Rialto at Union Square as well as co-editor of The Directory of Historic American Theatres and Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary. He is a past editor of Theatre Symposium, a former Stanley J. Kahrl Fellow at Harvard University, past president of the American Theatre and Drama Society, and the 2010 recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher of American Theatre and Drama. While in New York, he worked Off-Off Broadway as a dramaturg and as a stage manager with theatre and dance companies.
Table of Contents
Halfway Between Sermon and Social Theory: The Mania for "Tom Mania""There is No Arguing with Pictures": The Aiken/Howard Uncle Tom's Cabin"A Play to which No Apologist for Slavery Could Object": The Conway/Kimball/Barnum Uncle Tom's Cabin "O' It Was a Sight Worth Seeing": Uncle Tom Hits the Road Long Live Uncle Tom! Uncle Tom's Cabin in the Twentieth Century Uncle Tom in Middle