Blueprints for a Black Federal Theatre
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Blueprints for a Black Federal Theatre by Rena Fraden
Book DescriptionIn the 1930s, the Work Progress Administration funded a massive Federal Theatre Project in America's major urban centres, presenting hundreds of productions, some of the most popular and memorable of which were produced in the highly controversial and avant garde 'Negro Units'. This experiment in government-supported culture brought to the forefront one of the central problems in American democratic culture - the representation of racial difference. Those in the profession quickly discovered inescapable ideological responsibilities attending any sort of show, whether apparently entertaining or political in nature. Exploring the liberal idealism of the thirties and the critical debates in black journals over the role of an African American theatre, Fraden also looks at the obstacles facing black playwrights, audiences, and actors in a changing milieu.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521565608
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rena Fraden
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This book focuses on debates of various groups of black and white critics, audiences, and artists over African American theatre in the 1930s.
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