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Washingtonians at Play

Unchanging pastimes in a changing dc

Lincoln Theatre Program, October 27, 1925

Theater is a form of public transportation, whisking an audience from ordinary life to magical new realms. African-American audiences were treated to just such an experience in 1925 when opera virtuoso Lillian Evanti performed at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street. Evanti, a D.C. native, had recently returned from her debut abroad as the first African-American to sing with a major European opera company. This theater program traces the journey audiences took that night, from the traditional spirituals of the past to the opera Evanti belted in her triumphant moment in France.

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