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Voices from the Federal Theatre

Author: Bonnie Nelson Schwartz; Educational Film Center (Annandale, Va.)
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schwartz, Bonnie Nelson.
Voices from the Federal Theatre.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2003
(OCoLC)653340660
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bonnie Nelson Schwartz; Educational Film Center (Annandale, Va.)
ISBN: 0299183203 9780299183202 0299183246 9780299183240
OCLC Number: 52001815
Notes: Accompanying DVD: Who killed the Federal Theatre? / a production of the Educational Film Center and Bonnie Nelson Schwartz. c2002.
Includes index.
Description: xxii, 218 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. + 1 videodisc (90 min. : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.)
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.
Other Titles: Who killed the Federal Theatre?
Responsibility: Bonnie Nelson Schwartz and the Educational Film Center ; foreword by Robert Brustein.
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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.

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