XWe have detected your location as outside the U.S/Canada, if you think this is wrong, you can choose your location.

Palgrave Macmillan

Audrey Wood and the Playwrights

ISBN 9781137270603
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Ebook (PDF) Paperback Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

From Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers to Arthur Kopit and Brian Friel, New York-based literary agent Audrey Wood encouraged and guided the unique talents of playwrights in the Broadway theatre of her day. Audrey Wood and the Playwrights illuminates the gifts and strategies of the tenacious woman at the Liebling-Wood Agency who melded playwrights with producers, directors, and leading actors to leave an indelible mark on the American theatre and film industry during the mid-twentieth century. Wood's story is told here through her interactions with her clients, now household names, whose works she steered through periods of triumph and failure. In an era when women, with the exception of actresses, were rare in the theatre business, she was known as the "go-to" agent for success in the commercial theater. Dubbed a "guardian agent," her quiet determination and burning enthusiasm brought America's finest mid-century playwrights to prominence and altered stage history.

Milly S. Barranger is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is the author of many books about twentieth-century women and modern American theater, including Margaret Webster: A Life in the Theater, Unfriendly Witnesses: Gender, Theater, and Film in the McCarthy Era, and A Gambler's Instinct: The Story of Broadway Producer Cheryl Crawford (a finalist for the Theatre Library Association's 2011 George Freedley Award).

PART I: GENESIS OF AN AGENT 1905-1939
Stage-Struck
Starting Out
A Room of Their Own
PART II: THE FEARFUL PATH 1940-1970
The Bitch Goddess
Dancing on Eggs
Personal Monsters
Darkness in the Heartland
Iron Butterflies
Accidental Career
Irish Fictions
PART III: ENTRANCES AND EXITS 1971-1986
Out-of-the-Ordinary
Guardian Angel
The Liebling-Wood Agency's Client List of Playwrights, 1938-1958

Downloads

Reviews

Add a review

Related titles