In this article, Christopher Grobe explores the history of the telegraph machine on the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century stage. Structured around a deep analysis of William Gillette's Secret Service, this article also surveys American, British and French telegraph plays and considers such extra-theatrical “performances” as technical demonstrations and early baseball broadcasts. Grobe ultimately argues that telegraphy transformed the dramaturgical habits and acting styles of nineteenth-century theater, turning them realist and proleptically modern. At the same time, these plays reveal new, emerging understandings of the human, the global, and the live.
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Christopher Grobe; Every Nerve Keyed Up: “Telegraph Plays” and Networked Performance, 1850–1900. Theater 1 May 2016; 46 (2): 7–33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01610775-3547647
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