Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

The Group Theatre

Passion, Politics, and Performance in the Depression Era

Authors: Krich Chinoy, Helen

Editors: Chinoy, H., Wilmeth, D., Barranger, M. (Eds.)

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About this book

The Group Theatre , a groundbreaking ensemble collective, started the careers of many top American theatre artists of the twentieth century and founded what became known as Method Acting. This book is the definitive history, based on over thirty years of research and interviews by the foremost theatre scholar of the time period, Helen Chinoy.

About the authors

Helen Krich Chinoy became one of our most distinguished American theater scholars and devoted over three decades to her study of the Group Theatre. This was a natural extension of a number of earlier projects, including the seminal Actors on Acting (1949) and Directors on Directing (1953), both still in print and co-edited with Toby Cole, and Women in American Theatre (1981), edited with Linda Walsh Jenkins. A Columbia University PhD, Helen spent most of her career at Smith College, USA. After her retirement, she held the Hoffman Eminent Scholar Chair in Theatre at Florida State University and the Harold Clurman Professorship at Hunter College, USA. In 1989 the Association for Theatre in Higher Education awarded her its Career Achievement Award.

Reviews

"Elicit[s] fresh insights and convey[s] the flavor of the company's lofty goals, day-to-day realities, and sometimes fractious interpersonal relationships to an extent not hitherto available . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers." - CHOICE

"A comprehensive and informative look at The Group . . . I gladly recommend this new book to [people interested in The Group Theatre]." - Playbill.com

"The late Professor Chinoy is still known widely and warmly as a pioneering theatre scholar and feminist role-model. In a lifetime of devoted research, including extensive interviews with surviving Group members, Helen Chinoy earned her opinions by walking the walk and talking the talk." - Joseph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Yale University, USA

"This is an essential book filled with otherwise unavailable material about one of America's most notable experiments in alternative, collective theatre organization and production. What clearly sets this book apart is Helen Krich Chinoy's personal relationship with many of the members of the Group and her long years of thinking about the issues engendered by the Group's experiences." - Virginia Scott, Professor Emerita, Department of Theater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA

"Helen Krich Chinoy's long-awaited appraisal of the Group Theatre is a fascinating tribute to the controversial and pioneering ensemble that forced the American theatre to "put on long pants." It is also a tribute to the scholarship of Don Wilmeth and Milly Barranger whose judgement, patience and editorial skills channel Chinoy's remarkable voice." - Barry Witham, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, USA

"Chinoy's impressive theory coheres to illustrate how the company strived to live up to the 'Group Idea'. the admirable but vague notion that theatre should lyrically speak to the range of cultural and political experiences of American life - an obsession that Chinoy calls a 'cautionary tale '. . . After all, it took a spectrum of experiences and values to build 'the most important experiment in American theatre'." - Theatre Survey

"The venerable Helen Krich Chinoy passed away prior to completing her work on the Group Theatre . . . But Don Wilmeth and Milly Barranger have done an admirable job with the monumental task of making certain that Chinoy's groundbreaking research saw the light of publication. The published result is . . . richly textured in its analysis and one where the author's voice is allowed to flow free." - Theatre Journal


Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Group Theatre
Book Subtitle
Passion, Politics, and Performance in the Depression Era
Authors
Editors
  • H. Chinoy
  • D. Wilmeth
  • M. Barranger
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Helen Krich Chinoy
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29460-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137294609
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29459-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45152-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics