The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City 1746-1899
This study traces the earliest Italian participation in theatrical activities in New York City during colonial times and illustrates how community organizations were the first impetus for entertainments and drama after the mass immigration of the late 19th century. As a working class, permanent immigrant population grew, an identifiable and unique Italian-American theatre became possible, fulfilling a social need within the community.
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"The raw materials of this study - the scripts, the newspaper records, the music and songs, the memoirs, the poetry, the interviews - all these records of a long-forgotten phenomenon, bring the memory of the heyday of immigrant theatre alive again." - Professor Mario Fratti, The City University of New York"