The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study

The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study

by Barry B. Witham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521822599

ISBN-13: 9780521822596

Pub. Date: 05/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521822596
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama Series, #20
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1A showboat for the people7
2Glenn's plan21
3Hoofers, mystics and a singing bird33
4Typists and models49
5A Negro theatre61
6Power and control78
7Dunbar and the children91
8Slums and syphilis105
9See How They Run122
10Flotilla of Faith137
Conclusion150
App. A: Production calendar158
App. B: Glossary of names160
Notes162
Bibliography176
Index185

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