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Michael Lueger

Michael Lueger holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts University and teaches at Emerson College and Northeastern University. In addition to his scholarly work, he blogs about theatre and its history for HowlRound, writes reviews for Critics at Large and WBUR, and tweets about theatre history @theaterhistory.

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Stage Death: From Offstage to in Your Face

Death on stage has a long, gory history. From Ancient Greece to 19th century Paris to The Walking Dead. Why does theatre like death so much?
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The Immortal Life of Joice Heth: How P.T. Barnum Used an Elderly Slave To Launch His Career

P.T. Barnum's career as a Kentucky show man, began with his ownership and exploitation of African American slave Joice Heth.