The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study

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Overview

Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. From the colorful bus tours through the Civilian Conservation Corps camps to the turbulent productions of the Living Newspapers, the book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer. Special attention is given to the controversial Seattle Negro unit, the prize-winning production of See How They Run, and the mass spectacles which attempted to incorporate Hallie Flanagan's vision of a truly national project rooted in local culture. The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study illuminates both the ambitions of the program and the day-to-day details of making art from a new model - a subsidized national theatre.
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"...backed by 15 years of research that the author mines to create several lively narratives about the project's various elements. By the end of this meticulous study, the theater enthusiast feels as though he's been transported to Seattle in the late 1930s." Seattle Times

"This valuable case study considers what is arguably the single most significant government arts initiative in US history.... Essential." Choice

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Meet the Author

Barry B. Witham is Professor at the School of Drama, University of Washington.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A showboat for the people 7
2 Glenn's plan 21
3 Hoofers, mystics and a singing bird 33
4 Typists and models 49
5 A Negro theatre 61
6 Power and control 78
7 Dunbar and the children 91
8 Slums and syphilis 105
9 See How They Run 122
10 Flotilla of Faith 137
Conclusion 150
App. A: Production calendar 158
App. B: Glossary of names 160
Notes 162
Bibliography 176
Index 185
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