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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
School of Theatre and Dance
Jessica Del Vecchio
Creatures. Women. Actresses. We are here because of women like Mary Betterton, Doll Common, Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, and Rebecca Marshall. Theatre is about telling stories. Their story is a timeless one: of suffering, resilience, dedication, love, and comradery. Actresses were first permitted by royal decree to act upon the stage in 1669 by King Charles II of England. This decree created a spark within the playhouses to see actresses in the flesh perform. With this came a ripple effect of a host of expectations and suppression. This Honors Capstone is a comprehensive look into the themes of April De Angelis’s Playhouse Creatures, the historical context of these themes, as well as their application to the process of directing the play itself.
LaPlante, Emily, ""Playhouse creatures:" A study of restoration actresses" (2019). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 636.