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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 # 23
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Theatre History Podcast # 23

Is It Happening Here? Dr. Paul Gagliardi on the Return of the Federal Theatre Project’s It Can’t Happen Here

27 February 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Paul Gagliardi about It Can’t Happen Here.

Theatre History Podcast # 22
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Theatre History Podcast # 22

Dr. Mac Test’s New Translation of La monja alfèrez

13 February 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Mac Test about his new translation of La monja alfèrez, or The Lieutenant Nun.

Theatre History Podcast # 21
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Theatre History Podcast # 21

Director George Drance on Calderon’s Two Dreams

6 February 2017

Michael Lueger talks with George Drance about Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

Theatre History Podcast # 20
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Theatre History Podcast # 20

Rediscovering the Lost Lope de Vega Play Mujeres y Criados with Dr. Alejandro Garcia-Reidy

30 January 2017

A conversation with Alejandro Garcia-Reidy about discovering a previously-unknown work by Spanish Golden Age playwright Lope de Vega.

Theatre History Podcast # 19
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Theatre History Podcast # 19

Jeremy Morris on His New Play About Vaudeville Performer Bert Williams, The Top of Bravery

23 January 2017

Michael Lueger and Jeremy Morris discuss Bert Williams.

Theatre History Podcast # 18
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Theatre History Podcast # 18

Dr. Charlotte Canning on Internationalism and US Theatre

16 January 2017

Michael Lueger interviews Dr. Charlotte Canning on her new book and US theatre artists in the mid-twentieth century who shared their work abroad.

Theatre History Podcast # 17
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Theatre History Podcast # 17

Dr. Anita Gonzalez Introduces Listeners to 19thcenturyacts.com

9 January 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Anita Gonzalez about a website that reconstructs historical performances.

Theatre History Podcast # 16
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Theatre History Podcast # 16

Exploring the Surprising—and Disturbing—Origins of “Jingle Bells” with Kyna Hamill

19 December 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Kyna Hamill about her research into the background of the holiday carol "Jingle Bells."

Theatre History Podcast # 15
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Theatre History Podcast # 15

Fiona Coffey on Women in Northern Irish Theatre During The Troubles

12 December 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Fiona Coffey about women theatre artists in Northern Ireland

Theatre History Podcast # 14
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Theatre History Podcast # 14

David Mandelbaum Talks About New Yiddish Rep’s Revival of God of Vengeance

5 December 2016

Michael Lueger talks with David Mandelbaum about a new production of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance.

Theatre History Podcast # 13
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Theatre History Podcast # 13

Staging a Medieval Play in the 21st Century with Kyle A. Thomas and Dr. Carol Symes

21 November 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Kyle A. Thomas and Dr. Carol Symes about why medieval theatre is more relevant than ever. 

Theatre History Podcast # 12
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Theatre History Podcast # 12

Music Theory and Musicals with Adam Roberts

15 November 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Adam Roberts about using music theory to better understand the nuances of musical theatre.

Theatre History Podcast # 11
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Theatre History Podcast # 11

“You Don’t Read Latino”: Discussing the History of Latinx Casting with Brian Eugenio Herrera

31 October 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Brian Herrera about contemporary and historical conversations around casting Latinx characters and actors.

Theatre History Podcast # 10
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Theatre History Podcast # 10

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and the Legacy of Anti-Apartheid Theatre

24 October 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Gibson Cima of Georgetown University about Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, it’s collaborators, and it’s lasting impact on South African political theatre.

Theatre History Podcast # 9
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Theatre History Podcast # 9

Theatre of Cruelty on Michigan Avenue: Dr. Susanne Shawyer on Street Theatre and 1968

17 October 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Susanne Shawyer of Elon University about the Democratic National Convention of 1968 and Theatre of Cruelty.

Theatre History Podcast # 8
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Theatre History Podcast # 8

Fifty Years and Counting: Talking About Chicano Theatre and Political Activism with Jorge Huerta

10 October 2016

Michael Lueger talks with scholar and activist Jorge Huerta.

Theatre History Podcast # 7
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Theatre History Podcast # 7

Getting (Politically) Radical with Amy Brady

3 October 2016

Michael Lueger kicks off a month of interviews about political theatre by talking with Amy Brady about the Federal Theatre Project.

Theatre History Podcast # 6
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Theatre History Podcast # 6

Diversifying the Classics with Barbara Fuchs

26 September 2016

Michael Lueger and Barbara Fuchs discuss the plays written during Spain’s theatrical Golden Age, and Barbara’s Diversifying the Classic project, which aims to bring them back into prominence for English-speaking audiences.

Theatre History Podcast # 5
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Theatre History Podcast # 5

Joel Berkowitz on the Yiddish Theatre's Past (and Present)

19 September 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Joel Berkowitz about Yiddish theatre’s historical and present iterations.

Theatre History Podcast # 4
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Theatre History Podcast # 4

You Naughty, Naughty Men: Joshua William Gelb’s New Reimagining of The Black Crook

12 September 2016

Michael Lueger talks with director and librettist Joshua William Gelb about The Black Crook, considered by some to be the first musical.

Theatre History Podcast # 3
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Theatre History Podcast # 3

Eric Swanson Discusses New Musical Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth

5 September 2016

Eric Swanson and Michael Lueger discuss actor Edwin Booth, the brother of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.

Theatre History Podcast # 2
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Theatre History Podcast # 2

Like a Boss: 1940s Musicals and the “Boss Lady” with Maya Cantu

29 August 2016

Maya Cantu and Michael Lueger discuss how the musicals of the 1940s saw the emergence of a new figure: the “boss lady.”

Theatre History Podcast # 1
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Theatre History Podcast # 1

Talking About Drugs (and Theatre) with Max Shulman

22 August 2016

Michael Lueger kicks off a new Theatre History podcast series with an interview with Max Shulman, discussing drugs in American theatre at the turn of the twentieth century.

Raising the Curtain
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Raising the Curtain

An Interview with the Museum of London Archaeology Team Digging Up One of Shakespeare’s Theatres

10 August 2016

An interview between Michael Lueger and MOLA archeologists Heather Knight and Julian Bowsher about the recent excavation of the Curtain Theatre in London.

But Really, How Was the Play, Mrs. Lincoln?
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But Really, How Was the Play, Mrs. Lincoln?

28 May 2016

In this installment of his Strange Eventful History series, Michael Lueger discusses the assassination of Abraham Lincoln during the comedy Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre, and traces the lives of the actors and producers involved with the show.