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The American Stage - Ron Engle

The American Stage

By: Ron Engle (Editor), Tice L. Miller (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th May 2007
ISBN: 9780521412384
Number Of Pages: 344

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This is the first book to focus on the economic and social forces which shaped American theatre throughout its 250 year history. The collection of essays, written by leading theatre historians and critics of the American theatre, represent a variety of methodologies and approaches, and reflect the disparity and diversity of the social and economic issues which have moulded the cultural heritage of America. Arranged chronologically, the volume explores such topics as anti-theatrical legislation in Colonial America; the theatre's response to slavery, prostitution, alcoholism and women's rights; the significance of black American musical comedy; women managers in nineteenth-century American theatre; economic welfare in the Federal Theatre Project; theatre nostalgia during the Reagan era; and contemporary issues of multiculturalism in today's theatre. Alone or as a collection, the essays will stimulate discussions concerning the traditionally held views of America's theatrical heritage.

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"As we contend with the impending death of the NEA and NEH, The American Stage becomes a timely and telling collection of essays. As these authors cogently demonstrate, theatre is neither "a plaything of the elite" nor a product of a select group of artists who want to parade around the stage to live out their darkest fantasies." Theatre Survey Volume 36:2 "...not only a valuable resource for students interested in 'how economic and social forces have shaped the American theatre in its 250-year history' but a fascinating historical document in its own right." Richard Wattenberg, Essays in Theatre "...informative collection of 20 essays, written by some of the eminent authorities in various fields...a book that students of theater and popular culture in general will want to read." Ray Browne, Journal of American Culture "...a fascinating volume in its diversity of subject and approach and one that every serious student of American theatre should read and every library should own." Mary Henderson, Broadside Newsletter "All in all, The American Stage is an enjoyable read whether taken as a whole or taken chapter-by-chapter according to interest. Recommended for all who are involved in serious theatre research or simply curious about the colorful history of the American theatre." Alma J. Bennett, Journal of American Culture

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Introduction: American theatre history scholarship
The theatre and its audience: changing modes of social organisation in the American theatre
Puritan mercantilism and the politics of anti-theatrical legislation in colonial America
'Lady-managers' in nineteenth-century American theatre
Hustlers in the house: the Bowery Theatre as a mode of historical information
Museum theatre and the problem of respectability for mid-century urban Americans
Social awareness on stage: tensions mounting, 1850-1859
The development of the American theatre program
The Hyers Sisters: pioneers in black musical comedy
Money without glory: turn-of-the-century America's women playwrights
'For laughing purposes only': the literature of American popular entertainment
E pluribus unum: Bernhardt's 1905-1906 farewell tour
Commercialism glorified and vilified: 1920s theatre and the business world
Quicksilver revisited: a portrait of the American stage in the 1930s
The economic structure of the Federal Theatre Project
The American Repertory Theatre (1946-1947) and the repertory ideal, a case study
Sojourning in Never Never Land: the idea of Hollywood in recent theatre autobiographies
Consuming the past: commercial American theatre in the Reagan era
Narrative strategies in selected studies of American theatre economies
Multiculturalism versus technoculturalism: its challenge to American theatre and the functions of arts management
Checklist of selected books on American theatre, 1960-1990
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ISBN: 9780521412384
ISBN-10: 0521412382
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 15th May 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.95

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