Cheryl Black - The Women of Provicetown, 1915-1922



Cheryl Black - The Women of Provicetown, 1915-1922
Publisher: University Alabama Press | 2001-12-03 | ISBN: 0817311122 | File type: PDF | 273 pages | 2.33 mb


Perhaps most notable for its discovery of two significant American playwrights Eugene O'Neill and Susan Glaspell and for its role in developing an American tradition of non-commercial theater, the Provincetown Players collective has long been appreciated for its meaningful contributions to American drama. An outgrowth of the Greenwich Village community of politically minded artists and intellectuals, the group became convinced that theater was essential to America's spiritual and social regeneration. The company ultimately produced nearly 100 plays by more than 50 American writers.In this thoroughly engaging work, Cheryl Black argues that Provincetown has another, largely unacknowledged claim to fame: it was one of the first theater companies in America in which women achieved prominence in every area of operation. At a time when women playwrights were rare, women directors rarer, and women scenic designers unheard of, Provincetown's female members excelled in all these functions, makingsignificant contributions to the development of modern American drama and theater. In addition to playwright Glaspell, the company's female membership included the likes of poets Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mina Loy, and Djuna Barnes; journalists 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 history, this book offers new insight into the relationship between gender and theater and will attract a broad readership, including students and scholars of theater, women's studies, feminism, and American Studies, and members of the general public interested in any of these issues.


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