By Cheryl Black

Black examines the jobs a striking staff of ladies performed in a single of the main influential theatre teams in the US, demonstrating their impression on 20th-century dramaturgy and culture.

Perhaps such a lot striking for its discovery of 2 major American playwrights--Eugene O'Neill and Susan Glaspell--and for its position in constructing an American culture of non-commercial theatre, the Provincetown avid gamers collective has lengthy been liked for its significant contributions to American drama. An outgrowth of the Greenwich Village group of politically minded artists and intellectuals, the gang grew to become confident that theatre used to be necessary to America's religious and social regeneration. the corporate finally produced approximately a hundred performs through greater than 50 American writers.

In this completely attractive paintings, Cheryl Black argues that Provincetown has one other, principally unacknowledged declare to popularity: it was once one of many first theatre businesses in the US within which ladies accomplished prominence in each zone of operation. At a time while ladies playwrights have been infrequent, girls administrators rarer, and girls scenic designers exceptional, Provincetown's woman individuals excelled in a majority of these capabilities, making major contributions to the improvement of contemporary American drama and theatre. as well as playwright Glaspell, the company's lady club incorporated the likes of poets Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mina Loy, and Djuna Barnes; reporters Louise Bryant and Mary Heaton Vorce; novelists Neith Boyce and Evelyn Scott; and painter Marguerite Zorach.

A solidly researched and engagingly written piece of social background, this ebook deals new perception into the connection among gender and theatre and should allure a large readership, together with scholars and students of theatre, women's stories, feminism, and American reports, and contributors of most of the people drawn to any of those issues.

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