Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage: The Staging and Taming of the I.W.W.

Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage: The Staging and Taming of the I.W.W.

by M. Schwartz
     
 

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Examining twenty-five years of theatre history, this book covers the major plays that feature representations of the Industrial Workers of the World. American class movement and class divisions have long been reflected on the Broadway stage and here Michael Schwartz presents a fresh look at the conflict between labor and capital.

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Examining twenty-five years of theatre history, this book covers the major plays that feature representations of the Industrial Workers of the World. American class movement and class divisions have long been reflected on the Broadway stage and here Michael Schwartz presents a fresh look at the conflict between labor and capital.

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"In this illuminating study, Michael Schwartz provides vivid insights into the ways in which the Wobblies, a fabled crew of labor campaigners, were depicted on the Broadway stage. Schwartz colorfully demonstrates how Wobblies were evoked through individual characters, plot devices, and music. Through its fine storytelling and cogent analyses, Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage reveals a largely hidden part of American theatrical and labor history." - William A. Everett, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

"Schwartz has constructed an enticingly-written and enlightening history that expertly blends nuanced contextualization of the culture and politics of the 1920s with provocative readings of established and forgotten texts. For readers responsive to how theatre intersects with politics, unions, and economics, Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage offers a distinctive perspective on how commercial theatre audiences consume radicalism and the dynamics of labor history." - Theatre Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137353047
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/10/2014
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History Series
Edition description:
2014
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Schwartz is Temporary Assistant Professor of Theatre at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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