référence : http://listes.cru.fr/arc/mascarene/1996-09/msg00031.html

Theatre a Detroit BOURASSA ANDRE G

Voila une reponse eclairee de notre collegue Patrick O'Neill a la 
question sur le theatre francophone a Detroit. Je ne sais ce qu'il y a eu 
comme theatre dans ce coin de Nouvelle-France en 1709, mais il est 
connu - par le journal de Montcalm, si ma memoire est bonne - que la 
garnison a interprete un pantalonnade, _Le Vieillard dupe_, au Fort 
Niagara, en 1759. Voir http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/c2545/situatio.html
Cordialement, Andre G. Bourassa

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Date: Tue, 3 Sep 1996 12:35:30 -0400
From: Patrick O'Neill <Patrick.ONeill@MSVU.CA>
To: Multiple recipients of list CANDRAMA <CANDRAMA@hermes.csd.unb.ca>
Subject: Theatre in Windsor

In response to Glen Nichols remarks on theatre in Windsor.

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit on 24 July 1701.  He
built Fort Pontchartrain near the present site of Cobo Hall.  The
area was captured by the British on 29 November 1760, after which
time the British maintain a presence in the Detroit area. Although
the Treaty of Paris in 1783 provided that Detroit and Michigan be
given to the Americans, the British maintained the fort in Detroit
until 1796.

Thus, I would consider any theatrical activity prior to 1796 as
belonging to the history of theatre development in Canada.  And
certainly, much of this belongs to the Garrison theatrical
tradition mentioned in Walter Cassidy's submission to CANDRAMA on 23

Theatre in the area may have begun as early as 1709.  For a history
of theatre in the Detroit area see:

M. Alma Josenhaus, "The theatre in Detroit 1709-1834" _Detroit Public
Library News Bulletin_ 9 (February 1944), 5-8;
Elaine E. McDavitt, "The Beginnings of Theatrical Activities in
Detroit" _Michigan History_ 31 (1947), 35-47:
and Elaine E. McDavitt, "A History of Theatre in Detroit, Michigan,
>From its Beginnings up to 1862,"  Fine Arts, Ph.D., Michigan, 1947.