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The Federal Theater, File 891, and the Mercury Theater

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Alternate title:Federal Theater, Project 891, and the Mercury Theater
Summary:This film appraises the impact of the drama groups that flourished during the Depression and their lasting contributions to theater. Among the topics discussed are the American method style of acting, as pioneered at the Group Theatre; the Federal Theater, the Classical Theatre (Project 891), and the Mercury Theater, incubators for some of the most innovative and controversial works ever seen on the American stage; and the theatrical careers of Orson Welles and John Houseman.
Contributor:Simon, Elena Pinto
Provider:Angelus Novus Productions
Films for the Humanities (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:New Jersey
Topical subjects:American drama 20th century History and criticism
Theater and society United States
Theater History 20th century
Method (Acting) History 20th century
Welles, Orson 1915-1985
Houseman, John
Group Theatre (U.S.)
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
Classic Theatre Guild
Mercury Theater
Credits:Narrator: Elena Pinto Simon.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Performing Arts, Music
Films@UM Browse terms:Theater
Performing Arts
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