Theater of the United States of America
Part History Lesson, Part Variety Show
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
will present the Boston premiere of The National Theater of the
United States of America’s (NTUSA) "Chautauqua!"
from April 1 - 3 in the Institute's Barbara Lee Family Foundation
Theater. The ICA is located at 100 Northern Avenue in Boston's
Scholars, scientists, magicians, jugglers, and dancers would gather under tents across the country in an effort to educate and uplift the common man. The original intent was simply to edify rural teachers, but it soon became a place where thousands of families could gather for several days of inspiration, education, and enjoyment.
People came from miles around to hear speakers of national renown, enjoy bands and plays, and engage in an open forum on the great issues of their day. As it evolved, the Chautauqua movement presented the latest thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion.
By 1900, more than 400 summer communities had developed
from the original Chautauqua model, and touring companies presented lectures,
debates, and performances at sites throughout the country. Theodore
Roosevelt, himself an active participant, dubbed Chautauqua "the
most American thing in America" due to its enormous popularity and
The Second Line Social Aid Pleasure Society Brass
Band, a New Orleans-style street band based in Boston, will play
at each performance. The evening's finale, created by Axe To Ice
Productions, will feature: members of award-winning, all female,
character-based performance troupe All the Kings Men,
who create electrifying cabaret-style and modern vaudevillian productions;
and members of Babes in Boinkland, a comic, rhinestone-bedazzled
spectacle with brains and some serious sex appeal.
-- OnStage Boston
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