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Discover the artists and history behind 1776 in the Upstage Playgoer’s Guide. This guide includes interviews with co-directors Diane Paulus and Jeffrey L. Page, a look at the history surrounding the events of the play, discussion questions to get you thinking, and downloadable activities for teachers and students.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE PRODUCTION

Learn about the context for the play and dig into the artistic choices made by the show's creative team.

Spotlight on 1776
A Note from Artistic Director Todd Haimes
The Road to the Declaration of Independence
The Continental Congress in 1776
1969’s 1776
Old Story, New Voices
The Evolution of Non-Traditional Casting
Pronouns and Gender

THE ARTISTS

Insight from the artists involved in 1776.

Interview with Co-Director Jeffrey L. Page
Interview with Co-Director Diane Paulus
Interview with Sound Designer Jonathan Deans
Interview with Music Supervisor David Chase
 

YOUR RESPONSE

Find discussion starters for before and after the show, as well as downloadable activities for students and teachers.

Up For Discussion

ROUNDABOUT

Discover past Roundabout productions in "From the Archives" and learn about careers in the theatre industry in “Career Spotlight.”

From the Archives: Studying Archival Objects
Career Spotlight: Archivist


 1776 UPSTAGE CONTRIBUTORS

EDITORS Anna Morton
Leah Reddy
COORDINATOR Mariah-Lynn Black
INTERVIEWS Leah Reddy
WRITERS Veracity Butcher
Annabel Heacock
Karla Hendrick
Jason Jacobs
Natalie Kane
Tiffany Nixon
GRAPHIC DESIGN Trevor Forry
WEB DESIGN Pat Budris
Jenna Craig
Alex Raby
SPECIAL THANKS Jennifer DiBella
Paul Brewster McGinley