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A brief look at the history of dramatic representation shows a long and tumultuous past. I am just going to briefly touch down on medieval times. Because of its pagan associations, early Christians regarded the theater as disgraceful and held it in low esteem. Actors were forbidden to become members of the church or to receive the sacraments. Over time though, theater became associated with the great religious feasts like Christmas and Easter. Reenactments of …

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…to be a rousing, life-enhancing experience for playgoers throughout time ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography** References Adams, Joseph Q. Shakespearean Playhouses. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917. Chambers, E.K. The Elizabethan Stage. 3 vol. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913. Harbage, Alfred. Shakespeare's Audiences. New York: Columbia University Press, 1941. Janson, Anthony, and H.W. Janson. History of Art. 5th ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1997. Lawrence, William J. The Physical Conditions of the Elizabethan Public Playhouse. New York: Cooper Square Publishers, Inc., 1968.