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Article "Accented Roles Specialty Of Players' New Discovery"

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Article "Accented Roles Specialty Of Players' New Discovery"

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The article details M.Y. MacFarland––also known as "Petros," he was famous for his dialect parts which found him profound success in dramatic productions in Pennsylvania. He performed his first dialect part in the well-known Spanish play, "Zaragueta," where he played the comedic role of Zaragueta, a Jewish money-lender. Upon uttering his first sentence in Jewish dialect, the audience reportedly went into a prolonged uproar. Since then, Petros was considered the "tops" in the accented role, "playing a co-comedy part as a "negro porter" in 'Who Wouldn't Be Crazy,' he again "invoked roars with a southern drawl." Accordingly, "Witnesses said there was only one comedian in the play, and the director accused Petros of stealing the show."

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"Accented Roles Speciality of Players' New Discovery." The Richmond Collegian 22, no. 9 (October 8, 1935): 1. http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19351008.2.10&srpos=4&e=--1935---1935--en-20--1--txt-txIN-NEGRO------#

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1935-10-08

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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“Article "Accented Roles Specialty Of Players' New Discovery",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/502.