The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana invites submissions for papers, performances, or panel discussions pertaining to any aspect of popular rural entertainment. The conference will place at the Theatre Museum in Mt. Pleasant, IA from April 18-20, 2008. We particularly encourage submissions relating to Uncle Tomís Cabin Shows, minstrelsy, and freak shows, but also welcome submissions about such topics as tent shows, circus, Chautauqua, repertoire, vaudeville, and showboats. The conference is open to anyone interested in theatre history, performance, popular culture, or any other aspect of rural entertainment. It features theatre historians, popular culturalists, former troupers, intriguing research, lively discussion, and performances. A $100 scholarship will be awarded to the best paper presented by a college student or a graduate student.
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