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The Resource The Pekin : the rise and fall of Chicago's first black-owned theater, Thomas Bauman

The Pekin : the rise and fall of Chicago's first black-owned theater, Thomas Bauman

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The Pekin : the rise and fall of Chicago's first black-owned theater
Title
The Pekin
Title remainder
the rise and fall of Chicago's first black-owned theater
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Bauman
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1904, political operator and gambling boss Robert T. Motts opened the Pekin Theater in Chicago. Dubbed the "Temple of Music," the Pekin became one of the country's most prestigious African American cultural institutions, renowned for its all-black stock company and school for actors, an orchestra able to play ragtime and opera with equal brilliance, and a repertoire of original musical comedies. A missing chapter in African American theatrical history, Bauman's saga presents how Motts used his entrepreneurial acumen to create a successful black-owned enterprise. Concentrating on institutional history, Bauman explores the Pekin's philosophy of hiring only African American staff, its embrace of multi-racial upper class audiences, and its ready assumption of roles as diverse as community center, social club, and fundraising instrument. The Pekin's prestige and profitability faltered after Motts' death in 1911 as his heirs lacked his savvy, and African American elites turned away from pure entertainment in favor of spiritual uplift. But, as Bauman shows, the theater had already opened the door to a new dynamic of both intra- and inter-racial theater-going and showed the ways a success, like the Pekin, had a positive economic and social impact on the surrounding community."--Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bauman, Thomas
Dewey number
792.09773/11
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2277.C42
LC item number
P45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The new black studies series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pekin (Organization : Chicago, Ill.)
  • African American theater
  • Theater
  • African Americans in the performing arts
  • Theater
  • Schwarze
  • Chicago, Ill
Label
The Pekin : the rise and fall of Chicago's first black-owned theater, Thomas Bauman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The temple of music -- The New Pekin -- Tacking to the wind -- Holding the stroll -- Motts's last years -- From pillar to post -- Epilogue: diaspora
Control code
ocn861676523
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 232 pages
Isbn
9780252038365
Lccn
2013045695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, music
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780252038365
  • (OCoLC)861676523
Label
The Pekin : the rise and fall of Chicago's first black-owned theater, Thomas Bauman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The temple of music -- The New Pekin -- Tacking to the wind -- Holding the stroll -- Motts's last years -- From pillar to post -- Epilogue: diaspora
Control code
ocn861676523
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 232 pages
Isbn
9780252038365
Lccn
2013045695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, music
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780252038365
  • (OCoLC)861676523

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