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Staging the People: Community and Identity…

Staging the People: Community and Identity in the Federal Theatre Project…

by Elizabeth A. Osborne

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0230113311, Hardcover)

The Federal Theatre Project stands alone as the only national theatre in the history of the United States. This study re-imagines this vital moment in American history, considering the Federal Theatre Project on its own terms – as a “federation of theatres” designed to stimulate new audiences and create locally-relevant theatre during the turbulent 1930s. It integrates a wealth of previously undiscovered archival materials with cultural history, delving into regional activities in Chicago, Boston, Portland, Atlanta, and Birmingham, as well as tours of refugee camps and Civilian Conservation Corps Divisions. For a brief, exhilarating moment, the Federal Theatre Project created a democratic theatre that staged the American people.

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The Federal Theatre Project,a New Deal plan to fund theatre and other live artistic performances during the Great Depression, had theprimary goalof employing out-of-work artists, writers, and directors, with the secondary aim of entertaining poor families and creating relevant art. These case studies explore the ties between the Federal Theatre Project and regional communities throughout the United States.… (more)

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