Blueprints For A Black Federal Theatre: BLUEPRINTS FOR A BLACK FEDERAL by Rena FradenBlueprints For A Black Federal Theatre: BLUEPRINTS FOR A BLACK FEDERAL by Rena Fraden

Blueprints For A Black Federal Theatre: BLUEPRINTS FOR A BLACK FEDERAL

byRena Fraden, Rena FradenEditorAlbert Gelpi

Paperback | June 28, 1996

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During the 1930s the Work Progress Administration funded the Federal Theater Project to sustain unemployed theatrical workers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major urban centers, employing over 12,000 people and presenting countless productions. Some of the most popular and memorable of these works, such as the "voodoo" Macbeth and the "swing" Mikado, were produced in the so-called Negro Units, whose story is narrated in this book. Particular focus is given to problems of representation in a community and in an era trying to define what was African American, what was Negro, what was American, what was peculiar, and what was universal in the arts.
Title:Blueprints For A Black Federal Theatre: BLUEPRINTS FOR A BLACK FEDERALFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 28, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:052156560X

ISBN - 13:9780521565608

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. A new deal (or not) for culture; 2. Critical directions: toward a national negro theatre; 3. Producing new dramas: the politics of choice; 4. The unpredictable audience; 5. Acting properly; Afterword; Notes; Index.

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Blue Print for a Black Federal Theatre is compelling...Fraden powerfully states that no group in America has been so invidiously represented onstage and so relentlessly prevented from working backstage.

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"Rena Fraden's 'Blueprint for a Black Federal Theatre' will also be a useful textbook for teaching African American theatre history. Fraden has distinguished her work from that of her major forerunners....'Blueprint' substantially enhance[s] our understanding of African American theatre and will enliven classroom discussions with the cogent and timely arguments [it] present[s]." Joni jones, Drama Review