Traces the history of workers' theater from its grassroots origins to the Federal Theater Project of the WPA under Roosevelt and into unions' recreational programs. This book shows that the significance of workers' theater lies not only in the plays produced but also in the audiences' experience, in coming together out of common concerns.
Colette A. Hyman is Associate Professor of History and Director of Women's Studies, Winona State University, Minnesota. She is the author of several articles on political art and women in the labor movement.
Acknowledgments 1. Backdrop: Workers' Theatre and Organized Labor 2. Prologue: New Playwrights and Worker-Students in the 1920s 3. Act I: A Movement Grows across the Nation 4. Interlude: Unionism and Militance in the Plays of the Workers' Theatre Movement 5. Act II: Two Unions Take to the Stage 6. Interlude: Leisure and Popular Entertainment in Labor Plays 7. Act III: Workers' Theatre Becomes Union Recreation 8. Epilogue: Can Workers' Theatre Survive the Decline of the Labor Movement? Postscript: Angels in America and the Study of Workers' Theatre Notes Index
"An important contribution to the field of both Irish studies and women's studies. It fills a gap in our knowledge of modern Irish history and is part of an increasing number of studies about Irish women... This book asks important questions about the relation of women's issues to nationalism and to religion." - Maryann Valiulis, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Tulane University
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