“Political” Theater

The Belknap Playbills and Programs Collection is a colorful and informative archive 9500 individual play titles (dating from the late 18th century to the present), production and biographical information, photo images and poster art. They also illustrate the wide range of people who were involved with stage performances, large and small, around the country.

In our newest blog post our Popular Culture curator, Jim Liversidge, explores an unusual connection the archive reveals between stage and statehouse, as he documents actors who went on to become better known for their political careers than their theatrical accomplishments.

The 1946 production of Lute Song included Nancy Davis (later Nancy Regan) as a part of its cast.