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Voices from the Federal Theatre / Bonnie Nelson Schwartz and the Educational Film Center ; foreword by Robert Brustein.

Title
Voices from the Federal Theatre / Bonnie Nelson Schwartz and the Educational Film Center ; foreword by Robert Brustein.
Author
Schwartz, Bonnie Nelson
Publication
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2003.

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Additional Authors
  • Brustein, Robert Sanford, 1927-
  • Educational Film Center (Annandale, Va.)
Description
xxii, 218 p. : ill.; 24 cm. +
Summary
The Federal Theatre Project, a 1930s relief project of the Roosevelt administration, brought more theater to more people in every corner of America that at any time in U.S. history. The Project had units in every region of the country, including groundbreaking African American troupes, and staged productions from daring dramas like The Voodoo Macbeth, Waiting for Lefty, and The Cradle Will Rock to musicals, vaudeville, and puppet shows. It was canceled in a firestorm of controversy that gave birth to the damning question: 'Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist party?' This book documents that vibrant, colorful, politically explosive time, which gave rise to bitter debates about the role of government in American art and culture. It includes interviews with such Federal Theatre actors, playwrights, directors, designers, producers, and dancers as Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Jules Dassin, Katherine Dunham, Rosetta Lenoire, John Houseman, and many others.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Compact discs.
Note
  • Includes index.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Processing Action (note)
  • committed to retain
Contents
Hallie's comet : the Federal Theatre / by Robert Brustein -- The actors. Perry Bruskin ; Jeff Corey ; Jules Dassin ; Rosetta LeNoire ; Norman Lloyd ; Alan Peters ; John Randolph ; Studs Terkel -- The producers. John Houseman ; Woodie King, Jr. ; Robert Schnitzer -- The writers. Arthur Miller -- The variety artists. Bob Baker ; Katherine Dunham ; Virginia Wren -- Other voices. Clinton Turner Davis ; Lincoln Diamant ; Richard Eyre.
ISBN
  • 0299183203 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • 0299183246 (pbk. : alk. paper)
LCCN
^^2003007240
OCLC
  • 52001815
  • SCSB-11384150
Owning Institutions
Harvard Library