Black and white digital illustration of two theater masks. One mask is smiling but its eyebrows are at an angle that makes it look a bit sinister. The other mask has a downturned mouth and it looks sad or scared.

The Hiss

Episode #261

2024-03-15 05:00:27


As the famous English actor William Macready was preparing to go on stage in New York, over 300 police officers were placed in and around the theater. “But the head of the police said, ‘I don’t know that that’s going to be enough people.’” 

Karl Kippola’s book is called Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828–1865.