History makes the twentieth century seem like a horrible time, but theatre made the depressing

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History makes the twentieth century seem like a horrible time, but theatre made the depressing times better. The amount of plays produced at this time increased until the beginning of the depression yet started to decrease when World War II came along (Hischak 2-3). The twentieth century American period was eventful because of the many historical events and plays during this time, especially the play, Our Town. The twentieth century was a bustling time. Many things were going on from war to new discoveries. For one thing, there were new presidents elected. Herbert Hoover was elected to the presidency in 1928 when the Great Depression was taking place (Wenborn 138). Another president elected during the twentieth century was Franklin D.…show more content…
Many different costumes were created at this time. There was also many playhouses, some still existing while others are not. The ticket prices also fluctuated during this time. There were several different costume and scenic designers that all had their own style. One of the memorable costume designers was Caroline F. Siedle who was first recognized as a designer when she created a glow-in-the-dark costume called the “Radium Costume” for “The Passing Show of 1922” (Unruh 55). The costume designer, Kiviette, designed a variety of costumes from classy dresses and evening wear to funny outfits and national costumes (Unruh 48). One costume designer that brought a new design style to theatre was William Rodney Barnes, who would draw human figures from the waist up (Unruh 46). His designs would have pops of color which separates him from the other designers in the Vienna collection (Unruh 47). Another designer was Charles le Marie’s designs “for shows in the eighteenth century demonstrate preference for luxurious creations and rich materials (Unruh 51). William H. Matthews was also a costume designer at this time (Unruh 49). His designs ranged from day to day outfits to fancy costumes (Unruh 49). He designed costumes for members of a troupe called the Singer Midgets (Unruh 50). For the member “Dora,” he created a costume that was silver and had elegant details all on it (Unruh 50). For the member “Vicky,” he created a costume

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