Theatre has often served as a touchstone for moments of political change or national definition and as a way of exploring cultural and ethnic identity. In this book Steve Wilmer selects key historical moments in American history and examines how the theatre, in formal and informal settings, responded to these events. The book moves from the Colonial fight for independence, through Native American struggles, the Socialist Worker play, the Civil Rights Movement, and up to works of the last decade, including Tony Kushner's Angels in America. In addition to examining theatrical events and play texts, Wilmer also considers audience reception and critical response.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 448 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18 mm
'... useful and impressive book ... both fluent and scholarly ... It is a welcome contribution to the study of American theatre ... its conclusions are so engaging that its arguments will become well known by a generation or more of Shakespeareans. ... Erne's book is marvelously researched, meticulously annotated, sensitively illustrated, and delivered in clear, refulgent prose ... every reader will be stimulated and provoked.' New Theatre Quarterly
"The Federal Theatre Project is a great read."
John Earnest, American Literature, University of New Hampshire