The Changing American Theatre: Mainstream and Marginal, Past and Present
This book of essays presents an overview of the development of American theatre from the early nineteenth century to the present. It shows the changes that the theatre reflected as the country grew and as society altered. With each decade a fuller expression of American culture, with its great variety, appeared in plays, musicals, and reviews. A number of essays deal with the efforts of marginalized figures—particularly non-commercial playwrights and producers, African-Americans, and women—to effect a broadening of the spectrum of American theatre in playwriting, design, acting, and theatre construction.