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August 17, 2010

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Jeff

Hi Brent.

Thanks for the kind words and the helpful reference to the Waszut-Barrett article which is, I agree, a wonderful exploration on the transition of Scottish Rite degrees from the lodge room to the theatrical stage.

Jeff

S. Brent Morris

Great information!

The Valley of Cincinnati seems to be the first to have presented degrees on a stage, and their innovation spread to Indianapolis and elsewhere in the NMJ. It's ironic that Albert Pike, who was so innovative in rewriting degrees, was opposed to theatrical staging. It wasn't until after Pike's death in 1891 that the SJ made major steps towards introducing theatrical presentations.

An excellent study of this important transition can be found in Wendy Rae Waszut-Barrett, "Theatricla Interpretations of the Indispensable Degrees," Heredom, vol. 12 (2004), pp. 141-62.

S. Brent Morris

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