Bill left an interesting comment on my Freemasonry post at BCC. He mentions his visit to the National Heritage Museum in Boston, where he found a copy of the playbill for Pizzaro, a Grand Moral Entertainment, a play put on by the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge on April 24, 1844. The bill gave the purpose of the play:
“To aid in the discharge of a debt, against President Joseph Smith, contracted through the odious persecution of Missouri, and vexatious law suits. His friends and the public will respond to so laudable a call, in patronising the exertions of those who promise rational amusement with usefulness.”
Among the cast were E. Snow (a Peruvian), G. A. Smith (an old blind man), B. Young (a high priest), and a Mrs. Young (one of the Spaniards). This is a play I would love to have seen (along with the fiddle-concerts that used to break out in the Nauvoo temple after a day of endowments).
The Missouri Republican gave the following report of the play:
“There are about fifty masons and stonecutters about the Temple. It will be the most extraordinary building on the American Continent. We have a regular theatre, got up by the Mormons themselves. Last night the play of Pizarro went off in good style to a large audience, of which about one hundred were ladies. I was astonished to see such an array of beauty in the New Jerusalem.”
If anyone in Boston can go to this museum, I would love a copy of this playbill.