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The Group Theatre: Passion, Politics, and Performance in the Depression Era

Helen Krich Chinoy Don B. Wilmeth Milly S. Barranger, Ph.D


Palgrave Macmillan

Art & Architecture;
Theatre Studies


296 pages

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The Group Theatre , a groundbreaking ensemble collective, started the careers of many top American theatre artists of the twentieth century and founded what became known as Method Acting. This book is the definitive history, based on over thirty years of research and interviews by the foremost theatre scholar of the time period, Helen Chinoy.

By:   Helen Krich Chinoy
Edited by:   Don B. Wilmeth, Milly S. Barranger, Ph.D
Imprint:   Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   613g
ISBN:   9781137294593
ISBN 10:   1137294590
Series:   Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   November 2013
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Helen Krich Chinoy became one of our most distinguished American theater scholars and devoted over three decades to her study of the Group Theatre. This was a natural extension of a number of earlier projects, including the seminal Actors on Acting (1949) and Directors on Directing (1953), both still in print and co-edited with Toby Cole, and Women in American Theatre (1981), edited with Linda Walsh Jenkins. A Columbia University PhD, Helen spent most of her career at Smith College, USA. After her retirement, she held the Hoffman Eminent Scholar Chair in Theatre at Florida State University and the Harold Clurman Professorship at Hunter College, USA. In 1989 the Association for Theatre in Higher Education awarded her its Career Achievement Award.

The late Professor Chinoy is still known widely and warmly as a pioneering theatre scholar and feminist role-model. In a lifetime of devoted research, including extensive interviews with surviving Group members, Helen Chinoy earned her opinions by walking the walk and talking the talk. - Joseph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Yale University, USA This is an essential book filled with otherwise unavailable material about one of America's most notable experiments in alternative, collective theatre organization and production. What clearly sets this book apart is Helen Krich Chinoy's personal relationship with many of the members of the Group and her long years of thinking about the issues engendered by the Group's experiences. - Virginia Scott, Professor Emerita, Department of Theater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA Helen Krich Chinoy's long-awaited appraisal of the Group Theatre is a fascinating tribute to the controversial and pioneering ensemble that forced the American theatre to put on long pants. It is also a tribute to the scholarship of Don Wilmeth and Milly Barranger whose judgement, patience and editorial skills channel Chinoy's remarkable voice. - Barry Witham, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, USA

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