The Cambridge History of American Theatre Volume 3: by Christopher Bigsby, Don B. Wilmeth

By Christopher Bigsby, Don B. Wilmeth

Quantity three of this authoritative and wide-ranging historical past of yank theater examines the theater after international conflict II, via Broadway and past, in addition to nearby theater around the state. individuals additionally examine new instructions in theater layout, directing, and appearing, in addition to key performs and playwrights during the Nineties.

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Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, his first play. ). Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Harold Macmillan becomes Great Britain’s Prime Minister. 1958 35 James Gould Cozzen’s By Love Possessed. Dwight MacDonald’s Memoirs of a Revolutionist. Mary McCarthy’s Memories of a Catholic Childhood. Meredith Willson’s The Music Man with Leon Festinger’s A Theory of Cognitive Israel withdraws from Sinai Peninsula Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. Dissonance. and hands over Gaza Strip to United Nations. Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Albert Camus wins Nobel Prize for Descending.

DATES THEATRICAL EVENTS IN AMERICA Williams’s The Garden District (retitled Suddenly Last Summer; film 1959). William Gibson’s Two for the Seesaw with Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft. Critic George Jean Nathan dies (b. 1882). 36 SELECTED HISTORICAL/CULTURAL EVENTS IN AMERICA SELECTED HISTORICAL/CULTURAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD The hula hoop, the biggest toy fad in history, is introduced. The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York City. Daniel Lerner’s The Passing of Traditional Society.

Collective work, reflecting the communitarian politics of its creators, tended to replace plays which were the product of an individual sensibility. Indeed, the writer was frequently marginalized as the source of a suspect authority or embraced as merely part of a collective whose collectivity was itself a statement of priorities and values. Few of these groups were, at least initially, as concerned with craft as with ideological convictions, or they adapted their craft to the necessities of communicating in public spaces beyond the confines of a purpose-built building.

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