By Cheryl Black
Perhaps so much extraordinary for its discovery of 2 major American playwrights--Eugene O'Neill and Susan Glaspell--and for its function in constructing an American culture of non-commercial theatre, the Provincetown avid gamers collective has lengthy been favored for its significant contributions to American drama. An outgrowth of the Greenwich Village neighborhood of politically minded artists and intellectuals, the crowd turned confident that theatre used to be necessary to America's non secular and social regeneration. the corporate finally produced approximately a hundred performs via greater than 50 American writers.
In this completely attractive paintings, Cheryl Black argues that Provincetown has one other, mostly unacknowledged declare to popularity: it used to be one of many first theatre businesses in the US during which ladies accomplished prominence in each quarter of operation. At a time whilst girls playwrights have been infrequent, girls administrators rarer, and girls scenic designers unprecedented, Provincetown's woman participants excelled in these kinds of services, 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; newshounds 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 heritage, this ebook deals new perception into the connection among gender and theatre and should allure a extensive readership, together with scholars and students of theatre, women's stories, feminism, and American experiences, and individuals of most people drawn to any of those issues.
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The Women of Provincetown, 1915-1922 by Cheryl Black