Concealing God: The "Everyman" Revival, 1901--1903

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ProQuest, 2008 - 104 pages
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This thesis studies the controversy which flared in the United States over the representation of God in the William Poel/Ben Greet revival of Everyman, the late-medieval morality play. In addition to recounting the critical reaction to the play, I describe the changes which Greet (probably in concert with his producer, Charles Frohman) made in staging the presence of God. There is circumstantial evidence to support the claim that Greet made these changes in reaction to negative criticism in the press. I argue that the sources of the criticism were Christian anti-theatricalism and Protestant iconoclastic thought, which had produced a tradition of official censures against religious subjects in drama. For theatre historians, the story of the Everyman revival illuminates a period of significant transition in relations between the church and the stage.

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