ACT I, SCENE I
THE GROWTH OF THEATER AND PERFORMANCE
From the times of ancient Greek and Roman theaters and Shakespeare, stage and theater have been forums for the expression of ideas and controversial issues, historical events, real life depiction and fantasy. Although theater, dance and performance have played a part of America since the time of its formation into a nation, they have become a medium of unparalleled artistry and outstanding talent. America discovered freedom in many disciplines, including fine arts and legitimate theater. This freedom fostered ingenuity and limitless creativity, and produced superiority in many instances. The most influential and intelligent people in theater and arts would make Broadway the top of the heap for art and music. Later, the shift to the west would put Hollywood in the spotlight.
ACT I, SCENE II
THE PLOT THICKENS
Many changes occurred in the five decades leading up to 1920. Population growth and economic prosperity increased, and America's appetite for live entertainment and amusements escalated. In America, the urban population increased to more than 50 million people from less than 10 million. Louis Lumiere is credited with inventing the first motion picture camera in 1895. In 1884, the first roller coaster opened in Coney Island, New York. During 1909, Coney Island drew over 20 million visitors. Once population differentials are accounted for this calculates to a greater number than the combined attendance at Disneyland and Disney World in 1989.
ACT I, SCENE III
THE GROWTH OF HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood is synonymous with entertainment. It is revered as the entertainment capitol of the world. It was back in 1913 that Hollywood was put on the map. The Hollywood story begins with an upcoming actor/playwright named Cecil B. DeMille, and his partners Jesse L. Lasky and Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn), who were getting ready to film "The Squaw Man" at a location in Arizona. Dissatisfied with the location, DeMille talked the others into riding the train to the end of the line in search of a better location. That location was Hollywood.