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Voices from the Federal Theatre
Bonnie Nelson Schwartz and the Educational Film Center
Foreword by Robert Brustein
Voices from the Federal Theatre ties-in with the Fall 2003 television special for public broadcasting "Who Killed the Federal Theatre: An Investigation" hosted by Judd Hirsch and coproduced by Schwartz with the Educational Film Center.
Table of Contents
Hallie's Comet: The Federal Theatre, by Robert Brustein ... xi
Preface ... xxi
I. THE ACTORS
Perry Bruskin, Children's Theatre Unit, New York ... 5
Jeff Corey, Federal Theatre Actor, New York ... 11
Jules Dassin, Children's Theatre Unit, New York ... 17
Rosetta LeNoire, Negro Theatre Unit, New York ... 21
Norman Lloyd, Living Newspaper Unit, New York ... 27
Alan Peters, Touring Federal Theatre, Chicago ... 37
John Randolph, Children's Theatre Unit, New York ... 43
Studs Terkel, Federal Theatre, Actor, Chicago ... 47
II. THE PRODUCERS
John Houseman, Producer, Negro Theatre Unit, Project 891, New York ... 99
Woodie King, Jr., Producer, New Federal Theatre, New York ... 105
Robert Schnitzer, Federal Theatre Project Administrator, Washington, D.C.; Northeast Regional Director, Treasure Island, California ... 111
III. THE WRITERS
Arthur Miller, Federal Theatre Playwrighting Division ... 139
IV. THE VARIETY ARTISTS
Bob Baker, Marionette Unit, Los Angeles ... 155
Katherine Dunham, Federal Theatre Dance Unit, Chicago ...161
Virginia Wren, Federal Theatre Circus and Vaudeville Units, Boston ...167
V. OTHER VOICES
Clinton Turner Davis, Director, Conjur Man Dies Re-creation, New Federal Theatre, New York ... 189
Lincoln Diamant, Federal Theatre Audience, New York ... 193
Richard Eyre, Former Director, National Theatre of Great Britain ... 197
Bonnie Nelson Schwartz is a producer for the Broadway stage, film and television. She has worked on more than 100 plays, films, television programs, and concert specials worldwide. Bonnie Nelson Schwartz is a producer in theater, film, and television. She has worked on more than one hundred plays, films, television programs, specials, and concerts in Washington, D.C., New York, and London. On Broadway she coproduced Pack of Lies, starring Rosemary Harris and Patrick McGoohan; Ian McKellan: Acting Shakespeare; Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood; and Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair with the Theatre Guild. Her off-Broadway credits include Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, directed by Anthony Hopkins, and Babalooney. Ms. Schwartz is the creator and original producer of Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards. She produced the Atlanta portion of the closing ceremonies for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. For the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, she cocreated and produced The Olympic Woman, a multimedia exhibition, with book and videos, on the history of women in the Olympic Games. Recent productions include Give My Regards to Broadway: 125 Years of the Musical Theatre at Carnegie Hall; the London production of Panbeaters, a play with music; and In Concert against Hate: A Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11 with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Schwartz is currently coproducing an independent feature film in South Africa, based on Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer's book My Son's Story, and a television special, Harlem in Paris.
The Educational Film Center (EFC) is a non-profit educational television-video-film-and-interactive multimedia production company. For more information about the Educational Film Center, click here.
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