This installation was made specifically for Thalian Hall, a Wilmington NC theater built in 1858.  The Hall was named after Thalia, the muse of comedy. But she is sad today, reflecting on some the people who have come and gone upon her stage since 1858.  Perhaps a little bit of their essence still lingers, and mixes with the viewer’s own…


Anna Moffo sings Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and Graham Hamilton performs an excerpt from Hamlet.

The people who have appeared in Thalian Hall and in this video are:            

Frederick Douglass, Lecture, 8/2/1872

William Frederick Cody, Combination Show, 10/25/1875

Oscar Wilde, Lecture, 1/7/1897

Loie Fuller, Dance Performance, 2/18/1897

Maxine Elliott, The Gilded Fool, 4/14/1898

Joseph Jefferson, Jr., Rip Van Winkle, 3/8/1905

Lillian Russell, The First Night, 1/6/1910

Booker T. Washington, Lecture, 11/3/1910

Anna Held, Variety Show, 9/24/1913

Lillian Gish, Birth of a Nation Screening, 3/1-15/1916

Marian Anderson, Vocal Concert, 4/27/1925