Season 1

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows

Crash Course Theater

Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows

19th century racism contributed to a unique and troubling performance culture in America.

Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater North America Gets a Theater...Riot

Crash Course Theater

North America Gets a Theater...Riot

How did American theater develop after the Revolutionary War?

North America Gets a Theater...Riot

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Hrotsvitha, Hildegard, and the Nun who Resurrected Theater

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Hrotsvitha, Hildegard, and the Nun who Resurrected Theater

Meet Hrotsvitha: a cool, 10th century nun/playwright who influenced a new era of theater.

Hrotsvitha, Hildegard, and the Nun who Resurrected Theater

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater The Rise of Melodrama

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The Rise of Melodrama

In the 18th century, audiences were ready for some really, really dramatic theater.

The Rise of Melodrama

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Why So Angry, German Theater?

Crash Course Theater

Why So Angry, German Theater?

After Germany was unified, we got Sturm, Drang, Weimar Classicism and Goethe.

Why So Angry, German Theater?

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England's Sentimental Theater

English Sentimental Comedies weren't that funny, but they were definitely sentimental.

England's Sentimental Theater

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Crash Course Theater

China, Zaju, and Beijing Opera

Let's discuss wizard theater and the rise of classical Chinese theater and Beijing Opera.

China, Zaju, and Beijing Opera

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater All Night Demon Dance Party - Kathakali

Crash Course Theater

All Night Demon Dance Party - Kathakali

Learn about the all-night dance shows in India that culminate in killing a Demon.

All Night Demon Dance Party - Kathakali

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Crash Course Theater

Japan, Kabuki, and Bunraku

Under the Shoguns, we get Kabuki and Bunraku. And Samurais get in trouble for watching it.

Japan, Kabuki, and Bunraku

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Pre-Columbian Theater, Spanish Empire, and Sor Juana

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Pre-Columbian Theater, Spanish Empire, and Sor Juana

American theater existed before Europeans arrived, and the Spanish greatly influenced it.

Pre-Columbian Theater, Spanish Empire, and Sor Juana

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Molière - Man of Satire and Many Burials

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Molière - Man of Satire and Many Burials

Meet Renaissance France's theater greatest playwright: Molière.

Molière - Man of Satire and Many Burials

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism

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Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism

The French Neoclassical revival involved a lot of rules – and some rule-breaking.

Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater The Spanish Golden Age

Crash Course Theater

The Spanish Golden Age

Spain was having kind of a moment in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Spanish Golden Age

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Where Did Theater Go?

Crash Course Theater

Where Did Theater Go?

In the 1600s, English theater had to go into hiding, from PURITANS. Enter: WOMEN.

Where Did Theater Go?

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater English Theater After Shakespeare

Crash Course Theater

English Theater After Shakespeare

Thanks, Shakespeare! Let's talk about Ben Jonson, revenge tragedies, and court masques.

English Theater After Shakespeare

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Comedies, Romances, and Shakespeare's Heroines

Crash Course Theater

Comedies, Romances, and Shakespeare's Heroines

Let's take a look at Shakespeare's comedies, romances, problem plays and heroines.

Comedies, Romances, and Shakespeare's Heroines

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Shakespeare's Tragedies and an Acting Lesson

Crash Course Theater

Shakespeare's Tragedies and an Acting Lesson

Shakespeare's tragedies had some jokes, and they changed the way tragedies were written.

Shakespeare's Tragedies and an Acting Lesson

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Straight Outta Stratford-Upon-Avon – Shakespeare's Early Day

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Straight Outta Stratford-Upon-Avon – Shakespeare's Early Day

How a young Shakespeare stormed into London's theater – and wrote some pretty good plays.

Straight Outta Stratford-Upon-Avon – Shakespeare's Early Day

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater The English Renaissance and NOT Shakespeare

Crash Course Theater

The English Renaissance and NOT Shakespeare

Let's take a look at London theater and the playwrights who set the stage for Shakespeare.

The English Renaissance and NOT Shakespeare

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Pee Jokes, the Italian Renaissance, Commedia Dell'Arte

Crash Course Theater

Pee Jokes, the Italian Renaissance, Commedia Dell'Arte

Painting, music, architecture, and plays with fart jokes were all thriving from 1300-1500.

Pee Jokes, the Italian Renaissance, Commedia Dell'Arte

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Just Say Noh. But Also Say Kyogen

Crash Course Theater

Just Say Noh. But Also Say Kyogen

Noh, and its counterpart Kyogen are some of the most revered theater forms in Japan.

Just Say Noh. But Also Say Kyogen

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater Get Outside and Have a (Mystery) Play

Crash Course Theater

Get Outside and Have a (Mystery) Play

After European churches changed their minds on theater, drama became an outdoor activity.

Get Outside and Have a (Mystery) Play

Video thumbnail: Crash Course Theater The Death and Resurrection of Theater as... Liturgical Drama

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The Death and Resurrection of Theater as... Liturgical Drama

As Christianity rose in the west, theater declined. But it returned – via Catholic Mass!

The Death and Resurrection of Theater as... Liturgical Drama

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