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Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage: The Staging and Taming of the I.W.W. (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)


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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 (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.

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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).

Table of Contents

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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Schwartz, Michael
Palgrave MacMillan
United States - 20th Century
Theater - History & Criticism
Social classes
Drama-American Anthology
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
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