Suspended Worlds (Hardcover)
An Illustrated History of New England Theater Scenery
David R. Godine Publisher, 9781567925418, 200pp.
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
A unique look at an overlooked element of the American fabric -- the ambitious murals that served as the backdrops for entertainment in small-town New England.
Long before television and the internet, entertainment was often a performance at the local grange or Town Hall. Since there wasn't much money for costumes or props, the plays relied on all-purpose scenic backdrops - painted canvases of local scenes and interest. And they were often glorious. Many of these minor masterpieces of vernacular art still survive and are presented in all their glory in this richly illustrated book celebrating the colorful and memorable painted curtains that graced the stages of countless New England towns.
A remarkable team of conservators from "Curtains Without Borders" has overcome a century of dirt, damage, and neglect to restore hundreds of these historic theater curtains. This book presents exquisite photographs of these enormous pieces of art that have been hidden away and neglected for too long.