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The Cambridge History of American Theatre

Volume 2. 1870–1945

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Christopher Bigsby, Don B. WIlmeth, Jonathan Curley, Thomas Postlewait, John Frick, Tice L. Miller, Ronald Wainscott, Brenda Murphy, Mark Fearnow, Brooks McNamara, Thomas Riis, Daniel J. Watermeier, Mary C. Henderson, Warren Kliewer
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  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521679848

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  • Volume Two begins in the post-Civil War period and traces the development of American theater up to 1945. It discusses the role of vaudeville, European influences, the rise of the Little Theater movement, changing audiences, modernism, the Federal Theater movement, major actors and the rise of the star system, and the achievements of notable playwrights. This volume places American theater in its social, economic, and political context.

    • Initial chapter examines theatre as part of an integrated cultural history
    • A detailed comparative chronological chart provides detail on theatrical events, other US cultural/historical highlights, and world history
    • Considers theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and as a key factor in American social and political life
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    "The Cambridge History of American Theater is an indispensable resource for students and teachers ... The volume does a marvelous job of placing American theater in a cultural, historical, and theatrical context." Resources for American Literary Study

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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521679848
    • length: 610 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Christopher Bigsby and Don B. Wilmeth
    Timeline:
    1870–1945: compiled by Don B. Wilmeth and Jonathan Curley
    1. The hieroglyphic state: American theatre and society, post Civil War to 1945 Thomas Postlewait
    2. A changing theatre: New York and beyond John Frick
    3. Plays and playwrights: Plays and playwrights: civil war to 1896 Tice L. Miller
    Plays and playwrights:
    1896–1915 Ronald Wainscott
    Plays and playwrights:
    1915–45 Brenda Murphy
    4. Theatre groups and their playwrights Mark Fearnow
    5. Popular entertainment Brooks McNamara
    6. Musical theatre Thomas Riis
    7. Actors and acting Daniel J. Watermeier
    8. Scenography, stagecraft, and architecture Mary C. Henderson
    9. Directors and direction Warren Kliewer.

  • Editors

    Don B. Wilmeth, Brown University, Rhode Island

    Christopher Bigsby, University of East Anglia

    Contributors

    Christopher Bigsby, Don B. WIlmeth, Jonathan Curley, Thomas Postlewait, John Frick, Tice L. Miller, Ronald Wainscott, Brenda Murphy, Mark Fearnow, Brooks McNamara, Thomas Riis, Daniel J. Watermeier, Mary C. Henderson, Warren Kliewer

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