Drawing upon archival resources, official correspondence and personal interviews, this 2003 book provides a detailed examination of the operations of the US Federal Theatre Project in the decade of the 1930s. From the colourful bus tours through the Civilian Conservation Corps camps to the turbulent productions of the Living Newspapers, this book recreates the often chaotic but frequently exhilarating story of Uncle Sam as producer. Special attention is given to the controversial Negro unit, the prize-winning production of See How They Run and the mass spectacles that attempted to incorporate Hallie Flanagan's vision of a truly national project rooted in local culture. The Federal Theatre Project: A Case Study illuminates both the ambitions of the programme and the day-to-day details of making art from a new mode - a subsidised national theatre.
As a child working alongside of my grandmothers and my mother, I learned from them many of the frugal ways that helped during The Great Depression. You never forget lessons like that. Now so many years later, I want to pass some of the things I have always fixed in my own kitchen. These are simple things, cooked for hungry people. They are not fancy, and they are meant to save money in a tough economy.
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