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Experiments in democracy : interracial and cross-cultural exchange in American theatre, 1912-1945

Author: Cheryl Black; Jonathan Shandell
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016]
Series: Theater in the Americas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Essays in "Experiments in Democracy" look at theatre groups, as well as individual playwrights and their works, to examine how theatre artists used performance to try to bridge America's persistent racial divide and sought strategies for bringing different communities and cultural traditions into the nation's broader cultural conversation"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cheryl Black; Jonathan Shandell
ISBN: 9780809334681 0809334682
OCLC Number: 908376299
Description: vii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Public laboratories of pluralism / Jonathan Shandell --
Trying on The yellow jacket : performing Chinese exclusion and assimilation (1912-28) / Ju Yon Kim --
Jazz, Jews, and modernism on Broadway : from Lady, be good! to Show boat (1924-27) / Stuart J. Hecht --
Reconfiguring race and citizenship : the Teatro Vernáculo of La Unión Martí-Maceo (1930-40) / Eric Mayer-García --
A cosmogony for the marginalized : Lynn Riggs, mythmaking, and multiracial-homosexual apologetics (1931-32) / W. Douglas Powers --
Moving the world toward brotherhood : representations of cultural "otherness" in the Theatre Union's Black pit (1935) / Cheryl Black and Anne Fletcher --
(Re)visioning Mexican intellectual and peasant life : Josefina Niggli's plays with the Carolina Playmakers (1936-38) / Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez --
The politics of Black masculinity in Theodore Browne's Natural man (1937) / Harry J. Elam Jr. --
Choreographing diversity and American experience : Myra Kinch and group, Federal Theatre Project (1937-39) / Margaret F. Savilonis --
Imagined democracy : the Federal Theatre Project performs (native) America (1938-39) / Elizabeth A. Osborne --
"Ethnic Americanism" versus isolationism : pluralistic antifascism in "Fun to be free" (1941) / Garrett Eisler --
"Spain...brought me back to America" : ghostings of other races in Paul Robesons's Othello and José Ferrer's Iago (1943) / Lisa Jackson-Schebetta --
Turning "negroes" into "people" onstage : Anna Lucasta in Harlem and on Broadway (1944) / Jonathan Shandell --
The stage door canteen : the American Theatre wing's experiment in integration (1942-45) / Andrea Nouryeh --
Afterword : American democracy : a work in progress / Cheryl Black.
Series Title: Theater in the Americas.
Other Titles: Interracial and cross-cultural exchange in American theatre, 1912-1945
Responsibility: edited by Cheryl Black and Jonathan Shandell.

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