The Playbook: A Story of Theatre, Democracy and the Making of a Culture War (Hardback)
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The Playbook: A Story of Theatre, Democracy and the Making of a Culture War (Hardback)

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Published: 06/06/2024
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From the author of the Baillie Gifford Winner of Winners Prize-scooping 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare comes a fascinating and timely account of how Roosevelt's plans for progressive theatre were targeted by the House Un-American Committee and its message for today's culture wars.

1935. Franklin D. Roosevelt is under pressure to combat the skyrocketing levels of unemployment in post-war America. He announces a sweeping range of revolutionary initiatives, known collectively as the New Deal. Among these initiatives is a landmark programme designed to bring innovative, experimental theatre to the American masses.

The Federal Theatre Project staged critically acclaimed and wildly popular productions across America - including Orson Welles' directorial debut, a landmark early modern dance programme, and shows that sought to tell the truth about racism, poverty and the rising tides of fascism.

1938. An opportunistic Texas congressman, head of the newly formed House Un-American Committee, targets the Federal Theatre Project, enflaming rising tension about communism and creating a new political playbook based on sensationalism, misinformation and fear - a playbook that has proved instrumental in today's Culture Wars.

From one of the world's great storytellers, Playbook is an invigorating re-enactment of a terrifyingly prescient moment in 20th-century American cultural history, the dimensions of which echo through every democracy today.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571372768
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
Edition: Main

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