By James Fisher, Felicia Hardison Londré
The fifty-year interval from 1880 to 1929 is the richest period for theater in American background, definitely within the nice variety of performs produced and artists who contributed considerably, but in addition within the centrality of theater within the lives of usa citizens. because the impression of ecu modernism started to steadily seep into American theater throughout the Eighties and particularly importantly within the Eighteen Nineties, extra conventional varieties of theater gave solution to futurism, symbolism, surrealism, and expressionism. American playwrights like Eugene O'Neill, George Kelly, Elmer Rice, Philip Barry, and George S. Kaufman ushered within the Golden Age of yankee drama.The historic Dictionary of yankee Theater: Modernism makes a speciality of valid drama, either as motivated by way of ecu modernism and as impacted by way of the preferred leisure that still enlivened the period. this can be entire via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of thousands of cross-referenced entries on performs; track; playwrights; nice performers like Maude Adams, Otis Skinner, Julia Marlowe, and E.H. Sothern; manufacturers like David Belasco, Daniel Frohman, and Florenz Ziegfield; critics; architects; designers; and costumes.
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The power struggled peaked between 1909 and 1913, but the real damage was inflicted on the theatre itself as a component of American life. Since there were not enough top-quality attractions for all the first-class theatres, many inferior companies were sent out on the road. Audiences, already lured by other entertainment options, including vaudeville and silent motion pictures, turned away from the theatre. The Syndicate was broken in 1916, but so was the American theatergoing habit outside of New York.
American little theatres also shared many interests with college theatres, and there was some crossover, as in the case of Thomas H. Dickinson, who moved from teaching English at the University of Wisconsin to founding the Wisconsin Dramatic Society in 1909. INTRODUCTION • xxxvii It is usual to date the little theatre movement from 1915, because that was the year in which three trailblazing theatre groups got their start: Washington Square Players, Provincetown Players, and the Neighborhood Playhouse.
16 September: Actor-director-playwright George Abbott coauthors and stages Broadway. 29 November and 20 December: Sidney Howard has two plays produced this year: Ned McCobb’s Daughter (29 November) and The Silver Cord (20 December). 30 December: Paul Green’s Pulitzer Prize–winning drama about black Southerners, In Abraham’s Bosom, opens at the Provincetown Theatre for a long run. Also opening is Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 1927 The Keith-Albee-Orpheum vaudeville circuit is created by a merger of the largest eastern and western circuits; it controls 700 theatres nationwide.