What Even Is This Play?

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Topsy-Turvy World? Never heard of it. There’s a reason this show seems unknown: it virtually is. Topsy-Turvy World is an adaptation of Ludwig Teick’s Die Verkehrt Welt, written in 1798. Although Tieck was… Continue reading

Theatre of the 1700s

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French Neoclassical This artform drew upon Greek and Roman ideals to craft stories of unity in time, place, ad action. Emphasis was placed on morality and verisimilitude (realism), and the play was designed… Continue reading

Crash Course: Aestheticism

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Protesting the fussy Victorian conservatism of the early 19th century, Aestheticism proudly proclaimed “Art for Art’s sake.”  The Aesthetes were not interested in finding deeper meaning in their subject material. Rather, they cared… Continue reading

Crash Course: The Avant-Garde

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The term avant-garde comes from France and translates to “vanguard” or “advance guard,” implying that the avant-garde goes forward beyond the rest of society. It was first coined by Henri de Saint Simon… Continue reading

Crash Course: Romantacism

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Romanticism was an artistic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, which came as a direct response to the Enlightenment. Valuing reason and order, industrialism, and an emotionally-detached gentleman, the Enlightenment was stifling… Continue reading

About the Playwright: Ludwig Tieck

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Ludwig Tieck has been called the father of early Romanticism in Germany. He was born in Berlin in 1773, and from an early age enjoyed much success in school.  A playwright, poet, and… Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: Liz Stewart

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Note from the Dramaturg: Theatre is a collaborative art, and no show would be complete without its designers. Liz Stewart, our Lighting Designer for The Amish Project, played a huge role in creating… Continue reading

Charles and Marie Roberts

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On the day Charles Roberts entered an Amish Schoolhouse with three guns and 600 rounds of ammunition, his wife, Marie, had no reason to think anything was wrong. That morning, he had kissed… Continue reading

Unbelievable Forgiveness

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In the days following the tragedy at West Nickle Mines Schoolhouse, the Amish did something that many find difficult to believe. They forgave the gunman, Charles Roberts, and they extended condolences to his… Continue reading

The Nickle Mines Shooting

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On October 2nd, 2006, Charles Roberts walked into the West Nickle Mines Amish School. It was early on a school morning, and the children were busy working at their desks. Although Roberts was… Continue reading