Folk Play Links - United States of America

Compiled by C. Little



Groups listed may be folk club, morris dance or amateur drama groups, as well as traditional performers. Publications listed may be cited, extracted or summarised publications, as well as full text.


California

001 * California Revels, Oakland [Revels often include a mumming play]
002 * FFL Morris
003 * Guild of Saint Cuthbert [Pageant group, whose titles include "St.George and the Dragon"]
004 * Margaret Zumwinkle [photo, 1970s [- slide 7]]
005 * Mayfield Mummers / Mayfield Morris & Sword [programme]

Colorado

006 * Rocky Mountain Revels, Boulder [Revels often include a mumming play]
007 * Winter Solabration, Denver [A contemporary mummers play with regional references. Script available on request.]

District of Columbia

008 * Foggy Bottom Morris Men [programme]
009 * Washington Revels [Revels often include a mumming play]

Georgia

010 * Gateway Performance Productions
011 * Valdosta State University [was Georgia State Women's College]

Illinois

012 * Central Illinois English Country Dancers
013 * Charleston Alley Theatre [photos]

Kentucky

014 * A Piece Of Mummers' Play Acting [citation of Appalachian Heritage, Vol.6 No.4, Fall 1978, pp.37-42 - extract from The Folk Life of a Kentucky Mountain Community, MA dissertation by Marie Campbell, George Peabody College for Teachers [now Vanderbilt University], Nashville]
015 * Angleterre
016 * Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College [Mummers Play class]

Maine

017 * Belfast Maskers [List with 1987 performance of 'St George and the Dragon' - Archived]

Maryland

018 * Saint James School [photos]

Massachusetts

019 * An English Christmas Play [by Antoinette Taylor, in Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol.XXII No.86, Oct.-Dec. 1909, pp.389-394 - (Broadway text, at least thirty-five years ago - informed by Helen Dorrill [via her father];) note by G.L. Kittredge - extract from Recollections of Samuel Breck with passages from his note-books (1771-1862), ed. by Horace Elisha Scudder, 1877, pp.35-36 - Boston fragment]
020 * An Old Gentleman's Recollections [by H.E. Scudder, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol.54 No.324, May. 1877, pp.826-827 - extract from Recollections of Samuel Breck,, ed. by Horace Elisha Scudder, 1877, pp.35-36]
021 * Banbury Cross Morris & Sword
022 * Boston 1775 [J.L. Bell] [extract from The Prose of Royall Tyler, coll. & ed. by Marius B. Péladeau, 1972, pp.168-169 - itself from manuscript for The Bay-Boy [unpublished], by him, Chap.[XV], before 1821 - [Dr Silvester Gardiner's house], Boston antics fragment, circa 1770 [- see also The Algerine Captive;, by Dr Updike Underhill [him], 1797, Vol.I, Chap.XVI]]
023 * Cambridge Revels [Revels often include a mumming play]
024 * Christmas in Early New England, 1620-1820: Puritanism, Popular Culture, and the Printed Word [by Stephen W. Nissenbaum, in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, vol.106 pt.1, Apr. 1996, pp.102-103 - extract from Recollections of Samuel Breck,, ed. by Horace Elisha Scudder, 1877, p.37; extract from letter, in [Massachusetts] Mercury; 20th Dec. 1793; paraphrasing letter, in [Massachusetts] Mercury; 24th Dec. 1793 / Columbian Centinel, 25th Dec. 1793; extract from The Diary of William Bentley, D.D. : Vol.2, by himself, 1907, p.78]
025 * Christmas Maskings in Boston [by W.W. Newell, in Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol.IX No.XXXIV, Jul.-Sep. 1896, p.178 - Boston fragment, 1760s - informed by John A. Fulton [via his father][Samuel Bradlee Fulton][son of Sarah Bradlee Fulton]]
026 * Commonwealth Morris Men [at First Unitarian Society in Newton]
027 * Concord Players [Welcome Winter' photos]
028 * Du Simitière's Sketches of Pope Day in Boston, 1767 [Book for sale: by J.L. Bell, in The Worlds of Children, 1620-1920, ed. by Peter Benes, 2004, pp.216-217 - not at The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, 15th-16th Jun. 2002 - similar; citations of Recollections of Samuel Breck,, ed. by Horace Elisha Scudder, 1877, pp.35-36; The Prose of Royall Tyler, coll. & ed. by Marius B. Péladeau, 1972, pp.168-169; Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, vol.106 pt.1, Apr. 1996, pp.102-103]
029 * First Parish in Brookline, Unitarian Universalist [Usually for a special service in Winter]
030 * First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian-Universalist [Usually for a special service in Winter]
031 * First Parish Unitarian Universal, Stow and Acton [Usually for a special service in Winter]
032 * First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington [Usually for a special service in Winter]
033 * Lynn Noel
034 * Paper Bag Mummers [photo; programme; scripts]
035 * Passages from the Journal of Thomas Russell Sullivan 1891-1903 [1917, pp.48-49 - Old English Christmas at the Tavern Club, organised and arranged by Arlo Bates, 24th Dec. 1891]
036 * Plays of the 47 Workshop [: First Series] [4th printing] [1923, p.vii - performance of Revesby text]
037 * Pres Maclaurin will give Christmas party : Old Show Men In "Mumming Play" - Prof Arlo Bates Will Read [in Tech Daily, Vol.XXIX No.64, 13th Dec. 1909, p.1 - [S0266]]
038 * Recollections of Samuel Breck with passages from his note-books (1771-1862) [ed. by Horace Elisha Scudder, 1877, pp.35-36, 48 - Boston Anticks fragment, as late as 1782 [then he lived in France] - "flourished only while colonial manners retained distinctions of class"]
039 * Simmons College [Photos. From 1921, entertainments included skit of the story of Saint George and the Dragon - i.e. a mumming play]
040 * St George Mumming Play [by Albert Matthews, in Notes and Queries, 12th Ser. Vol.I No.26, 24th Jun. 1916, p.515 - citation of An English Christmas Play, by Antoinette Taylor, in Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol.XXII No.86, Oct.-Dec. 1909, pp.389-394]
041 * That Long Tall Sword [photos]
042 * The Battle for Christmas [Paperback edition] [Book for sale: by Nissenbaum, 1997 - as his article]
043 * The Diary of William Bentley, D.D. : Vol.2 [by himself, 1907, pp.78, 183 - '25th Dec. 1793' [- paraphrasing letter, in [Massachusetts] Mercury; 24th Dec. 1793] - "Anticks" at Boston - now prohibited]
044 * The Speech of John Gardiner, Esquire [by himself [son of Dr Silvester Gardiner], 1792, p.82 - "anticks" at Boston]
045 * Third "47 Workshop" Production [in Harvard Crimson, 24th Jan. 1914 - performance of Revesby text]
046 * Welcome Yule [Sometime performers of mummers play]

Michigan

047 * Hole in the Bog Morris & Mummers [no longer performing] [programme]
048 * Mumming with Hole-in-the-Bog [by Fred Fuller, in American Morris Newsletter, Vol.14 No.1, Mar./Apr. 1990, pp.16-20]
049 * St Ignace LaSalle High School Drama Club [Photos of 'A Renaissance Celebration to Drive the Dark Away' 1998 & 1999 - including mumming plays and morris dancers]

Minnesota

050 * Uptown-on-Calhoun Morris MidWinter Ale

Nevada

051 * Virginia City Theatre Muckers [photos]

New Hampshire

052 * Revels North, Hanover [Revels often include a mumming play]

New York

053 * Bassett Street Hounds [photos; programme]
054 * Binghamton Morris Men / Champeons of Folly [at First Unitarian Society of Ithaca]
055 * First Unitarian Society of Ithaca [Usually mummers play for a special service in Winter]
056 * First Unitarian Society of Schenectady [photos]
057 * Half Moon Sword Sword Ale
058 * Heartwood Morris
059 * Hoosac School
060 * Long Island Traditional Music Association : Solstice Celebration [Annual mummers play]
061 * Medicine Show Theatre [List with 1978-79, 1998-99 & 2002-03 performances]
062 * Midway Caravan [St George & the Dragon]
063 * New York Revels [Revels often include a mumming play]

Ohio

064 * Johnston Farm: Christmas on the Farm [Annual mummers play]
065 * StoneCreed Grove, ADF: Druid Yule Wassailing Songbook ["The Tale of Old Christmas" an unadapted but unidentified traditional play text]

Oregon

066 * Portland Revels [Revels often include a mumming play]

Pennsylvania

067 * A Journal of Travels into the Arkansa Territory, during the year 1819 [by Thomas Nuttall [lived at Philadelphia], 1821, p.135 - like "our Christmas mummers,"]
068 * Bryn Mawr College [Annual May Day Robin Hood play]
069 * History of Philadelphia : 1609 1884 [by J. Thomas Scharf & Thompson Westcott, 1884, pp.934-936 Vol.II - fragment]
070 * Notes of a Desultory Reader [by [Anon][Alexander Graydon], in Port Folio, Ser.3 Vol.II No.1, Jul. 1813, p.61 - [Philadelphia] fragment]
071 * Pennsbury Manor: Holly Night [Annual mummers play]

Rhode Island

072 * Jamestown Community Chorus [List with 1997 & 2002 performances]

Tennessee

073 * Lark in the Morn [perform Greatham text]

Texas

074 * An introduction to medieval mummers' play and St. George [Austin College, Texas - Links include an unlocated text taken from John Gassner (ed.) Medieval and Tudor Drama, Bantam Books, 1963]
075 * Men of Houston Morris Dancers

Vermont

076 * Colchester High School Theatre Company [List with 1995-96 performance of "St. George and the Dragon"]
077 * Mummers to perform dances this weekend [in Brattleboro Reformer, 31st Oct. 2003 - about Green Mountain Mummers]

Virginia

078 * First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond [Usually for a special service in Winter]
079 * Flying Bark Morris
080 * Frontier Culture Museum: Lantern Tours [Annual mummers play]
081 * Mount Vernon Unitarian Church [Usually for a special service in Winter]
082 * Richmond Theatre Fire - December 26, 1811 [by ?, in Richmond Times Dispatch?, ? ? 1937]
083 * Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington [Usually for a special service in Winter]

Washington

084 * Puget Sound Revels, Tacoma [Revels often include a mumming play]

West Virginia

085 * Philip Zimmermann [Photo of Rude Mechanicals]
086 * Rude Mechanicals [Director's list with 1999 & 2000 folk play performances]

Wisconsin

087 * Mumming In the Midwest [by Donald E. Thompson & Rachel Popowich, in Wisconsin Academy Review, Vol.35 No.1, Dec. 1988, pp.29-33]

[General]

088 * Nowell Sing We Clear [Sometime performers of mummers play]
089 * Revels [The parent organization of the Revels, puts on the Cambridge Revels. The Revels have companies in 11 locations across the United States.]
090 * The Ancient Art and History of Mummery

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