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Smart Talk: History of the Fulton Theatre

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Jun 9, 2014 12:29 PM
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The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster has a history that stretches back to colonial times. Its foundations were once the walls of a  jail that in 1763 saw a terrible massacre of  the last surviving Conestoga Indians. Over the years, across its stage has been a procession of famous actors, politicians and performers. Thaddeus Stevens, Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill Cody,  Sarah Benhardt, Al Jolson, George M. Cohan and many others have trod the boards at the Fulton.

Author Leslie Stainton has written a book about the storied history of the building. She grew up in Lancaster and performed at the Fulton when she was in high school, and worked there later in other roles. Leslie Stainton will be our guest today on Smart Talk to discuss her new book, Staging Ground. The book is also a memoir of her personal connection with the Fulton.

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Leslie Stainton

Leslie Stainton is also the author of Lorca: A Dream of Life, which received the Society of Midland Authors Award for Biography. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Opera News, American Theatre, Michigan Quarterly Review, and River Teeth, among many other journals.

Also on the program, we'll talk with members of Gamut Theatre Group about their plans to establish a new space for their permanent theatre in a historic building in Harrisburg.

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