150 years ago this week, an advertisement was run in the Old Line Democrat for a play to be held the following week at the Little Rock Theater. Though the past few weeks’ worth of material focused strictly on the developing militia in Central Arkansas, this week’s column focuses on the cultural aspect of 1860 Arkansas.

1860 American theater was heavily influenced by European classics. For example, as noted below, a drama entitled “The Robbers” was to be enacted, followed by “A Day In Paris”. “The Robbers” was written in 1781 in Germany by Friedrich Schiller, whose plot includes the conflict between two aristocratic brothers.

[LITTLE ROCK] OLD-LINE DEMOCRAT, October 25, 1860

Little Rock Theatre
Manageress – Mrs. M. A. Pennoyer.
Stage Manager – Mr. J. J. Wallace.
Will open on Monday, October 29th, 1860, for the Winter Season, with Schiller’s great Tragedy of The Robbers!!
To be followed by the grand Vaudeville play entitled A Day in Paris.
Chas. C. Reid, Agent.