Celebrations Today – July 25
Holidays and observances
- Christian feast day:
- Earliest day on which Father’s Day can fall, while July 31 is the latest; celebrated on last Sunday in July. (Dominican Republic)
- Earliest day on which National Tree Planting Day can fall, while July 31 is the latest; celebrated on last Sunday in July. (Australia)
- Earliest day on which Navy Day can fall, while July 31 is the latest; celebrated on last Sunday in July. (Russia)
- Guanacaste Day (Costa Rica)
- National Day of Galicia (Galicia (Spain))
- National Baha’i Day (Jamaica)
- Puerto Rico Constitution Day (Puerto Rico)
- Republic Day (Tunisia)
- Revolution Day (Egypt)
Celebrations Today – USA: July 25
National Merry-Go-Round Day
National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
National Threading the Needle Day
National Culinarians Day
Feast of Saint James
National Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
International Red Shoe Day
National Carousel Day
National Wine and Cheese Day
National Thread the Needle Day
Today in US History: July 25
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5
It overwhelms you with its fury and its phantom splendor.Brooks Atkinson,
The New York Times,
quoted in the playbill
for the Bridgeport, Connecticut,
performance of Macbeth.
On July 25, 1936, after a five-night run, the audience at the Park Theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut, applauded the closing night performance of Macbeth, produced by John Houseman and directed by Orson Welles for the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The FTP was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assist unemployed writers, actors, and artists during the Great Depression.
John Houseman came to the Federal Theatre Project from an already established career that included directing the avant-garde opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson, in New York.
Welles’ designs for the plays were characterized by the creative risk-taking that exemplified his dramatic work. His use of racially integrated casting and “alternative” settings for these masterpieces was an innovation.
For the former play, Welles cast African-American performers in all the roles, moved the play’s setting from Scotland to the Caribbean, and changed the witches to Haitian witch doctors.
Photographic Print from New York production of Macbeth,
Production Photographs for the New York City Performance of Macbeth,
Directed by Orson Welles, New Lafayette Theatre, April 14-June 20, 1936.
The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939
Critics hailed the results as “startling,” “splendid,” and “colorful.” After a series of sold-out performances in Harlem, Welles’ “Voodoo Macbeth” took to the road, traveling to several cities on the East coast.
- The collection The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939 features the production books, stage and costume designs, still photographs, and posters of three Federal Theatre Project productions: Macbeth, Dr. Faustus, and Power, a play written and performed by the Living Newspaper unit, an innovative FTP project.
- Read more about Orson Welles’ production of Macbeth, in “The Play That Electrified Harlem,” one of four illustrated articles presented along with the collection. The article, written by Wendy Smith, was originally published in Civilization magazine.
- Read Macbeth or browse the Complete Works of William Shakespeare online.
Today in History – July 25-External Links
Today’s Weather in History
Today in Earthquake History
This Day in Naval History
Today’s Document from the National Archives
Today’s Events, Births & Deaths –Wikipedia
Today in History by AP
On this Day -1950 to 2005 – Today’s Story–BBC
On This Day: The New York Times
This Day in History –History.com
Today in Canadian History – Canada Channel
History of Britain that took place On This Day
Russia in History –Russiapedia