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Book-It Repertory Theatre

The Great Depression in the Jim Crow South

Most of us have heard stories about the Great Depression from parents and grandparents who grew up during that troubled time in our nation’s history. But what we may not know is that the Great Depression, which seems like such a great equalizer, affected different communities in very different ways. In segregated, Southern black communities […]

Liberalism and Protest at UC Berkeley – A History

When good ol’ boy D’aron Davenport from ‘Welcome to Braggsville’ lets it slip that his hometown in Georgia hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, his new friends at UC Berkeley plan to stage a protest in the form of a “performative intervention.” Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson dives into the history of liberalism and protest at UC Berkeley. […]

Pirates and Pirate Law

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. Legal punishments for piracy were harsh and often fatal. Generally, in the 17th century, all British pirates were sent to London for trial, where they would be locked away in the dismal Newgate Prison. This hostile environment also included the ‘pressing yard’, […]

An Extraordinarily Brief Pirate History

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. Piracy itself can be traced from ancient Greece through Rome and the Vikings. However, for our purposes, it makes sense to join the narrative a bit closer to the time in question: with the advent of the Buccaneers in the late 16th […]

Sickness and Doctoring

The following post was written by Treasure Island Assistant Director and Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson. “I don’t know about treasure, but I’ll stake my wig there’s fever.” —Dr. Livesey Treasure Island is known to be a story of pirates, treasure, and swashbuckling adventure. However, there is another thread running through the plot: sickness and disease. At the […]