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 * Cambridge Revels [Revels often include a mumming play]
023 * 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]
024 * 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]]
025 * Commonwealth Morris Men [at First Unitarian Society in Newton]
026 * Concord Players [Welcome Winter' photos]
027 * First Parish in Brookline, Unitarian Universalist [Usually mummers play for a special service in Winter]
028 * First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian-Universalist [Usually mummers play for a special service in Winter]
029 * First Parish Unitarian Universal, Stow and Acton [Usually mummers play for a special service in Winter]
030 * First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington [Usually mummers play for a special service in Winter]
031 * Lynn Noel
032 * Paper Bag Mummers [photo; programme; scripts]
033 * 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]
034 * Plays of the 47 Workshop [: First Series] [4th printing] [1923, p.vii - performance of Revesby text]
035 * 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]]
036 * 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"]
037 * Simmons College [Photos. From 1921, entertainments included skit of the story of Saint George and the Dragon - i.e. a mumming play]
038 * 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]
039 * That Long Tall Sword [photos]
040 * The Battle for Christmas [Paperback edition] [Book for sale: by Nissenbaum, 1997 - as his article]
041 * 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]
042 * The Speech of John Gardiner, Esquire [by himself, 1792, p.82 - "anticks" at Boston]
043 * Third "47 Workshop" Production [in Harvard Crimson, 24th Jan. 1914 - performance of Revesby text]
044 * Welcome Yule [Sometime performers of mummers play]

Michigan

045 * Hole in the Bog Morris & Mummers [no longer performing] [programme]
046 * Mumming with Hole-in-the-Bog [by Fred Fuller, in American Morris Newsletter, Vol.14 No.1, Mar./Apr. 1990, pp.16-20]
047 * 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

048 * Uptown-on-Calhoun Morris MidWinter Ale

Nevada

049 * Virginia City Theatre Muckers [photos]

New Hampshire

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

New York

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

Ohio

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

Oregon

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

Pennsylvania

065 * 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,"]
066 * Bryn Mawr College [Annual May Day Robin Hood play]
067 * History of Philadelphia : 1609 1884 [by J. Thomas Scharf & Thompson Westcott, 1884, pp.934-936 Vol.II - fragment]
068 * Notes of a Desultory Reader [by [Anon][Alexander Graydon], in Port Folio, Ser.3 Vol.II No.1, Jul. 1813, p.61 - [Philadelphia] fragment]
069 * Pennsbury Manor: Holly Night [Annual mummers play]

Rhode Island

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

Tennessee

071 * Lark in the Morn [perform Greatham text]

Texas

072 * 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]
073 * Men of Houston Morris Dancers

Vermont

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

Virginia

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

Washington

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

West Virginia

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

Wisconsin

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

[General]

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

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