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Author Schwartz, Michael, 1963 Oct. 18-
Title Class divisions on the Broadway stage [electronic resource] : the staging and taming of the I.W.W. / Michael Schwartz
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : [distributor] Not Avail, 2014
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 208 p
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Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Note Electronic book text
Epublication based on: 9781137353047, 2014
1. To Stop the World: The Most Stupendous Impossibles 2. Where Do I Get Off At? The Wobblies Spurns the Hairy Ape 3. No Kick Coming: The Romantic Wobbly of Sidney Howard's They Knew What They Wanted 4. Jazzing the Wobblies: John Howard Lawson's Processionals 5. Dead Hand of the Dead: Anderson and Hickerson's Gods of the Lightning 6. We Even Sing 'em in Jap and Chink: Upton Sinclair's Workers' Theater Contribution 7. You I-Won't Work Harp: I.W.W. Elegy in The Iceman Cometh 8. Postscript: Not Time Yet
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Examining twenty-five years of theatre history, this book covers the major plays that feature representations of the Industrial Workers of the World. American class movement and class divisions have long been reflected on the Broadway stage and here Michael Schwartz presents a fresh look at the conflict between labor and capital. Examining twenty-five years of theatre history, this book covers the major plays that feature representations of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), or Wobblies. American class movement and class divisions have long been reflected on the Broadway stage and, through the lens of the I.W.W., Michael Schwartz presents a fresh look at the conflict between labor and capital. From O'Neill's The Hairy Ape; Sidney Howard's They Knew What They Wanted; John Howard Lawson's Processional; Harold Hickerson and Maxwell Anderson's Gods of the Lightning; and Upton Sinclair's Singing Jailbirds in the 1920s to O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh in 1946, Schwartz traces the plays' impact of I.W.W. as an actual agent for workers' rights and social change as well as the popular image of the Wobbly - how audiences saw Wobblies and what role they played in audience imagination
In this illuminating study, Michael Schwartz provides vivid insights into the ways in which the Wobblies, a fabled crew of labor campaigners, were depicted on the Broadway stage. Schwartz colorfully demonstrates how Wobblies were evoked through individual characters, plot devices, and music. Through its fine storytelling and cogent analyses, Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage reveals a largely hidden part of American theatrical and labor history. - William A. Everett, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA
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Michael Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and the author of Broadway and Corporate Capitalism: The Rise of the Professional Managerial Class 1900-1920 (2009)
Subject Industrial Workers of the World -- In literature
American drama -- History and criticism -- 20th century
Class consciousness in literature
Class consciousness -- History -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York
Labor movement in literature
Theater and society -- History -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York
Performing Arts. ukslc
Theatre studies -- 20th century -- New York. bicssc
Trade unions -- 20th century -- New York. bicssc
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