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The Federal Theatre Project : a case study /
Barry B. Witham.
imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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xiii, 190 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521822599
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imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
isbn
0521822599
catalogue key
5049410
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 176-184) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
This excellent "case study" considers what is arguably the single most significant government arts initiative in US history. Witham (Univ. of Washington) does not attempt a comprehensive approach, but he achieves completeness through his meticulous investigation of Federal Theatre Project archives, official correspondence, and personal interviews. Day-to-day research on FTP productions, tours, "living newspapers," spectacles, and traditional plays enlivens the fascinating story of the unique FTP adventure. Rich in detail, the book focuses on key productions and initiatives, such as the Seattle Negro unit and its acclaimed productions See How They Run and Flotilla of Faith, both of which embodied FTP director Hallie Flanagan's goal of creating a national theater grown out of regional US culture. The diversity and accomplishment of the FTP remains breathtaking, and Witham illuminates it with a winning combination of scholarly authority and informed spectatorship. A dozen well-chosen illustrations enhance Witham's succinct text and highlight the need for a comprehensive illustrated history of the FTP stressing production photographs, designs, and posters. Appendixes include a calendar of FTP productions and a useful glossary of key names; the bibliography is substantial. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections; all levels. J. Fisher Wabash College
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"...backed by 15 years of research that the author mines to create several lively narratives about the project's various elements. By the end of this meticulous study, the theater enthusiast feels as though he's been transported to Seattle in the late 1930s." Seattle Times
'... inspiring study ... Whitham's passionate archaeology uncovers a breathless political ambition that American theatre still struggles to emulate.' Plays International
Review of the hardback: '... inspiring study ... Whitham's passionate archaeology uncovers a breathless political ambition that American theatre still struggles to emulate.' Plays International
"This valuable case study considers what is arguably the single most significant government arts initiative in US history.... Essential." Choice
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Barry Witham's illustrated study provides a detailed examination of the operations of the U.S. Federal Theater Project in the decade of the 1930s.
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Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this 2003 book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. The book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer.
Description for Bookstore
Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. The book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer.
Description for Bookstore
Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. The book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer. Special attention is given to the controversial Negro unit, the prize-winning production of See How They Run and the mass spectacles which attempted to incorporate Hallie Flanagan's vision of a truly national project rooted in local culture.
Main Description
Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this 2003 book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. From the colourful bus tours through the Civilian Conservation Corps camps to the turbulent productions of the Living Newspapers, this book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer. Special attention is given to the controversial Negro unit, the prize-winning production of See How They Run and the mass spectacles that attempted to incorporate Hallie Flanagan's vision of a truly national project rooted in local culture. The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study illuminates both the ambitions of the programme and the day-to-day details of making art from a new mode - a subsidised national theatre.
Main Description
Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. From the colourful bus tours through the Civilian Conservation Corps camps to the turbulent productions of the Living Newspapers, this book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer. Special attention is given to the controversial Negro unit, the prize-winning production of See How They Run and the mass spectacles that attempted to incorporate Hallie Flanagan's vision of a truly national project rooted in local culture. The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study illuminates both the ambitions of the programme and the day-to-day details of making art from a new mode - a subsidized national theatre.
Main Description
Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this book provides a detailed examination of the U.S. Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. It recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of "Uncle Sam" as producer. Special attention is given to the controversial Negro unit; the prize-winning production of See How They Run; and the mass spectacles which attempted to incorporate Hallie Flanagan's vision of a truly national project rooted in local culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgement
List of illustrations
Introduction
A showboat for the people
Glenn's plan
Hoofers, mystics and a singing bird
Typists and models
A Negro theatre
Power and control
Dunbar and the children
Slums and syphilis
See How They Run
Flotilla of Faith
Conclusion
Production calendar
Glossary of names
Bibliography
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