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Michael Lueger

Michael Lueger is an adjunct professor at Emerson College and Northeastern University, where he teaches theatre history. His blog “Abstract and Brief” features images and essays on theatre history. His work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed publications, such as the recent Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, and on WBUR’s Cognoscenti page. Follow him on Twitter with the handle @theaterhistory. 

Theatre History Podcast #47
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Theatre History Podcast #47

Translating An Enemy of the People with Dr. Paul Walsh

23 October 2017

Dr. Paul Walsh of the Yale School of Drama joins us to discuss his work translating Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People for the opening production of the Yale Repertory Theatre's 52nd season.

Theatre History Podcast Announcement
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Theatre History Podcast Announcement

2 October 2017

A Theatre History Podcast announcement from Michael Lueger. 

Theatre History Podcast #46
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Theatre History Podcast #46

Reimagining Shakespeare’s Legacy with Madeline Sayet

14 September 2017

Madeline Sayet joins us to talk about how she's producing Shakespeare's work with Native American artists to place them in a new, more diverse context.

Theatre History Podcast #45
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Theatre History Podcast #45

Rethinking Amateur Theatricals with David Coates

29 August 2017

David Coates talks about his research into amateur theatricals in the nineteenth century.

Theatre History Podcast #44
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Theatre History Podcast #44

Exploring the Performing Arts Collections at the Harry Ransom Center with Dr. Eric Colleary

21 August 2017

Dr. Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, introduces us to the treasures in the center's performing arts collections.

Theatre History Podcast #43
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Theatre History Podcast #43

Being Melodramatic with the Staging Napoleonic Theatre Project

14 August 2017

The Staging Napoleonic Theatre project is working to study and stage early examples of melodrama, a theatrical genre that was widely popular in the nineteenth century.​

Theatre History Podcast #42
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Theatre History Podcast #42

From West Side Story to Wicked: Dr. Stacy Wolf on Feminism & the Broadway Musical

7 August 2017

Dr. Stacy Wolf reveals the hidden feminist history of the Broadway musical in this discussion of her book Changed for Good.

Theatre History Podcast #41
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Theatre History Podcast #41

Bryan Doerries and Theater of War Productions Use Classical Drama to Address Today’s Problems

31 July 2017

Bryan Doerries, co-founder of Theater of War Productions, talks about how classical dramas from the ancient world can address society's pressing issues in the twenty-first century.

Theatre History Podcast #40
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Theatre History Podcast #40

Dr. José A. Pérez Díez & Dr. Matthew Steggle Introduce the Oxford Marston

24 July 2017

Dr. José A. Pérez Díez & Dr. Matthew Steggle talk about early modern English playwright John Marston and how they're editing his Complete Works

Picture from a production of Mankind.
Theatre History Podcast #39
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Theatre History Podcast #39

Dr. Matthew Sergi and the Surprising Truth About Morality Plays

17 July 2017

Dr. Matthew Sergi of the University of Toronto talks about medieval morality plays, and how performing them today gives us unexpected insights into our own world.

Theatre History Podcast # 38
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Theatre History Podcast # 38

Eleanor Fitzsimons on Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Troubled History of Salomé

10 July 2017

In this episode, Michael Lueger talks to author Eleanor Fitzsimons about Oscar Wilde and his working relationship with Sarah Bernhardt.

Theatre History Podcast # 37
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Theatre History Podcast # 37

Examining the Diary of Nineteenth Century Actor Harry Watkins with Dr. Amy Hughes, Dr. Naomi Stubbs, and Dr. Scott D. Dexter

3 July 2017

Dr. Amy Hughes, Dr. Naomi Stubbs, and Dr. Scott D. Dexter discuss the diary of Harry Watkins, a nineteenth-century actor, playwright, and stage manager.

Theatre History Podcast # 36
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Theatre History Podcast # 36

Editing and Staging The Dutch Lady with Dr. Joseph F. Stephenson

19 June 2017

Dr. Joseph F. Stephenson of Abilene Christian University talks about The Dutch Lady, an anonymous Restoration-era play in the holdings of the Boston Public Library that he's both editing and helping to stage.

Theatre History Podcast # 35
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Theatre History Podcast # 35

Get Thee to a Nunnery: Learning About Medieval Convent Drama with Dr. Elisabeth Dutton, Dr. Olivia Robinson, Dr. Matthew Cheung Salisbury, and Aurèlie Blanc

12 June 2017

A conversation with members of the Medieval Convent Drama project, based at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Theatre History Podcast # 34
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Theatre History Podcast # 34

Dr. Mary Chinery and Dr. Laura Rattray on Edith Wharton’s The Shadow of a Doubt

5 June 2017

Dr. Mary Chinery and Dr. Laura Rattray on Edith Wharton's little-known writing for the theatre.

Theatre History Podcast # 33
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Theatre History Podcast # 33

Rediscovering the Victorian Theatre at the Alexandra Palace with James White

30 May 2017

James White talks about restoring the Alexandra Palace, a massive entertainment complex built in the 1870s.

Theatre History Episode # 32
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Theatre History Episode # 32

Seret Scott Looks Back on the Free Southern Theater

22 May 2017

Michael Lueger talks with director and performer Seret Scott about her work with the Free Southern Theater.

Theatre History Podcast # 31
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Theatre History Podcast # 31

Exploring the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s New Jo Mielziner Acquisitions with Annemarie van Roessel

15 May 2017

Michael Lueger talks with curator Annemarie van Roessel about scenic designer Jo Mielziner’s work.

Theatre History Podcast # 30
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Theatre History Podcast # 30

Dr. Esther Fernandez Introduces us to the Siglo de Oro Festival at Chamizal

24 April 2017

Dr. Esther Fernandez of Rice University talks about the Siglo de Oro Festival.

Theatre History Podcast # 29
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Theatre History Podcast # 29

Short Day’s Introduction to Monte Cristo Cottage with Anne G. Morgan

17 April 2017

Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager and Dramaturg at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, talks about the Monte Cristo Cottage, Eugene O'Neill's childhood summer home, and the setting of two of his plays.

Theatre History Podcast # 28
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Theatre History Podcast # 28

Digging up Nea Paphos with Dr. Craig Barker

10 April 2017

 Mike Lueger talks to Dr. Craig Baker from the University of Sydney about the history and layout of Nea Paphos, its hidden surprises, and the mysteries that he and his colleagues are still investigating.

 

Theatre History Podcast # 27
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Theatre History Podcast # 27

Learning About Ta’ziyeh with Dr. William O. Beeman

27 March 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. William O. Beeman about the Iranian performance tradition known as ta'ziyeh.

Theatre History Podcast # 26
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Theatre History Podcast # 26

Jack Viertel Introduces the New York City Center Encores! Revival of The New Yorkers

23 March 2017

Michael Lueger and Jack Viertel talk about The New Yorkers.

Theatre History Podcast # 25
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Theatre History Podcast # 25

Exploring Modern Chinese Theatre with Dr. Steven (Siyuan) Liu

13 March 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Steven (Siyuan) Liu about modern and contemporary Chinese theatre and performance.

Theatre History Podcast # 24
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Theatre History Podcast # 24

Exploring Plays About Urban Ireland with Dr. Elizabeth Mannion

8 March 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Beth Mannion about plays depicting urban Ireland.