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What part did the noblemen and royalty play in the theater?

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Last week, we began rehearsals for Quintessence Theatre Group's Spring Repertory, Shakespeare's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST and John Ford's THE BROKEN HEART.  Both products of the English Renaissance, their careers spanned the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I.  Our director, Alex Burns, politely suggested that someone in the company do a little research and explore a bit about what it might have been like to work in the theatre under each of those Monarchs, what the social climate was like and how that influenced the fortunes of the playhouses and playwrights of the time.  As it turned out, I got a day off from rehearsal while blocking began on the first act of LOVE'S LABOUR'S, so I spent a few hours assembling this little geek-fest overview of historical things.  Enjoy!

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Emmy Osinski
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