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Page 104 - I do love you very, very hard, dear," or "IDLYWHD" for short. Their professional goal was stated by Browne: The Chicago Little Theatre is a repertory and experimental art-theatre, producing classical and modern plays, both tragedy and comedy, at popular prices; preference is given to poetic and imaginative plays, dealing primarily, whether as tragedy or comedy, with characters in action.
Page 54 - First, to set before the people of its thronging tenement district plays they could not otherwise hope to see; and also to afford the young people of the neighborhood a chance to act in plays and festivals, to give them imaginative stimulus and emotional outlet after days spent in store and office and factory. To the children of the neighborhood it means a place where they can dance and sing in community festivals, and to the fathers and mothers a place where they can witness wonders undreamed of...
Page 245 - Buffalo the distinction of being "the first city in the United States to take the forward step of placing citizenship education on a clearly recognized and distinct basis.
Page 147 - The results aimed at are the training of true craftsmen, the developing of individual character in connection with artistic work, and the raising of standards of beauty in objects of use.
Page 55 - The history of the Neighborhood Playhouse is as full of human interest as the work done within its four walls. The Playhouse grew out of work done by the dramatic clubs at the Henry Street Settlement under the direction of the Misses Lewisohn. To these clubs belong the young people of the neighborhood who, being Jewish, had racially the fire, the intellectual hunger, and the power of self-expression that makes for a plastic and competent dramatic company. The Settlement stage and auditorium became...
Page 143 - ... Society are neatly and succinctly stated on a bookmark leaflet accompanying its first publications. First: To raise the standard of dramatic appreciation in the community. Second: To encourage the support of the best plays. Third : To encourage the reading of good plays in English and in translation from other languages. Fourth: To encourage the translation, composition, and publication of good plays. Fifth: To conduct companies for the production of high-class plays at a low price. I should...
Page 232 - ... to foster the creative things of drama, and Mr. Barker's season is everlastingly to their credit. But it is a rule with the Stage Society to start new movements, and once they are on their feet, to begin their work anew elsewhere. They brought Mr. Barker to this country; but they did not guarantee their support of his work for more than a season. Now such work as Mr. Barker's demands a following that can be counted on, or at least a backing. And as no such backing was forthcoming in the United...
Page 187 - The question is, not how you would have treated the subject, but whether for you the author has succeeded or failed in what he has tried to do, and why. 2. Don't judge the play till all the evidence is in. Today, too many audiences let a first or second act prejudice them for or against the whole play. 3. Don't trust your first impressions at...
Page 16 - ... has centuries of culture behind her: and her Little Theatres have found their audiences ready and waiting. In the United States the Little Theatre in many cases has to create itself and its audience at the same time. In each of the European countries Little Theatres have centered 1 See Appendix II.
Page 17 - Theatres have only a small amount to spend on production and a still smaller amount to spenfl on royalties. They must turn to plays that have been written con amore, with no commercial end in view, plays that require a small royalty or none. * Almost the only plays in this category are the one-act and occasional two-act plays written by European and American dramatists who have something to say and want to say it regardless of money.
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