Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1950s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations

October 29, 2020
Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1950s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations

The Decades of Modern American Drama series provides acomprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in eachdecade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equipsreaders with a detailed understanding of the context from whichwork emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with afocus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture,media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapteron the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thoroughsurvey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements anddevelopments in response to the economic and political conditionsof the day.The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decadereceives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts,together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. Afinal section brings together original documents such as interviewswith the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, andother previously unpublished material.The major writers and their works to receive in-depth coveragein this volume include:William Inge: Picnic (1953), Bus Stop (1955)and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957);Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents and Jerome Robbins: WestSide Story (1957) and Gypsy /i;Alice Childress: Just a Little Simple (1950),Gold Through the Trees (1952) and Trouble in Mind(1955);Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee: Inherit the Wind(1955), Auntie Mame (1956) and The Gang's AllHere (1959).Many thanks to rjbogz for helping procure the full series.