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The Resource Real life drama : the Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940, Wendy Smith

Real life drama : the Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940, Wendy Smith

Label
Real life drama : the Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940
Title
Real life drama
Title remainder
the Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Out of the Depression was born a theatrical company that revolutionized American arts. This book reveals how this influential troupe opened a new frontier of dramatic subjects and techniques as they struggled to survive pressures from within and without. For the Group Theatre's founders, Harold Clurman. Lee Strasberg, and Cheryl Crawford, "real life" was lacking on the American stage. With their meticulously rehearsed and ardent performers and their politically charged ambitions, they aimed to turn theatre--and audiences--away from frivolous amusement toward the most urgent social and moral issues of the day. In plays that for the first time dramatized the lives of immigrants and workers, and made theatre available to a public previously excluded by exorbitant Broadway ticket prices, the Group demonstrated that, in Smith's words, "theatre could bring people together and make them whole." Her account shows how playwrights like Clifford Odets were nurtured and made famous by the Group, and why audiences were enthralled. The new social focus was only half the revolution: using methods adapted by Lee Strasberg from the teachings of Stanislavsky, as well as special training in movement, vocal control, and dance, the Group transformed acting technique, bringing to the American stage an unprecedented emotional realism and psychological depth.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Wendy
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Group Theatre (U.S.)
  • Theater
Label
Real life drama : the Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940, Wendy Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 462-465) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Genesis -- First love -- The real world -- New horizons -- Hard times -- Broadway success -- Conflict -- Theatre becomes life -- The struggle for organization -- Falling apart -- Regrouping -- A new agenda -- Fame and its discontents -- A season in hell -- Homeless -- After the fall
Control code
21562214
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394574455
Lccn
90052955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1359126
Label
Real life drama : the Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940, Wendy Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 462-465) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Genesis -- First love -- The real world -- New horizons -- Hard times -- Broadway success -- Conflict -- Theatre becomes life -- The struggle for organization -- Falling apart -- Regrouping -- A new agenda -- Fame and its discontents -- A season in hell -- Homeless -- After the fall
Control code
21562214
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780394574455
Lccn
90052955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1359126

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