Staging the War: American Drama and World War II

Staging the War: American Drama and World War II

by Albert Wertheim

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Overview

What happened in American drama in the years between the Depression and
the conclusion of World War II? How did war make its impact on the theatre? More
important, how was drama used during the war years to shape American beliefs and
actions? Albert Wertheim's Staging the War brings to light the important role played
by the drama during what might arguably be called the most important decade in
American history. As much of the country experienced the dislocation of military
service and work in war industries, the dramatic arts registered the enormous
changes to the boundaries of social classes, ethnicities, and gender roles. In
research ranging over more than 150 plays, Wertheim discusses some of the well-known
works of the period, including The Time of Your Life, Our Town, Watch on the Rhine,
and All My Sons. But he also uncovers little-known and largely unpublished plays for
the stage and radio, by such future luminaries as Arthur Miller and Frank Loesser,
including those written at the behest of the U.S. government or as U.S.O. musicals.
The American son of refugees who escaped the Third Reich in 1937, Wertheim gives
life to this vital period in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253110855
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Albert Wertheim (1941--2003) was Professor of English and of Theatre and
Drama at Indiana University. His other books include The Dramatic Art of Athol
Fugard: From South Africa to the World (IUP, 2000).

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Getting Involved: American Drama on the Eve of
World War II
2. The Drama of the War Years
3. The Dramatic Art of
Uncle Sam: The Government, the Drama, and the War
4. Airing the War: World
War II Radio Plays
5. The
Aftermath
Notes
Bibliography
Primary Texts

Secondary Sources
Index

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