Provincetown Players

Provincetown Players, American theatrical company that first introduced the plays of Eugene O'Neill. The company opened with his Bound East for Cardiff at the Wharf Theatre, Provincetown, on Cape Cod in 1916 and later worked in New York City in conjunction with the Greenwich Village Theatre under the auspices of Robert Edmond Jones, Kenneth Macgowan, and O'Neill. By producing plays that were generally considered noncommercial, the company gave unrecognized dramatists the opportunity to experiment with new ideas. The group disbanded in 1929 but through its efforts, together with those of the Washington Square Players, a truly American theater was realized. Among the well-known writers associated with the Provincetown Players were Edna St. Vincent Millay and Djuna Barnes.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Jig Cook and the Provincetown Players: Theatre in Ferment
Robert Karoly Sarlos.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1982
Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition
William W. Demastes.
University of Alabama Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "The Provincetown Players' Experiments with Realism"
Accelerated Grimace: Expressionism in the American Drama of the 1920s
Mardi Valgemae.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Provincetown Players: The Triumverate and After"
Eugene O'Neill in China: An International Centenary Celebration
Haiping Liu; Lowell Swortzell.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 19 "Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players: Watershed in American Theater"
The Simple Stage: Its Origins in the Modern American Theater
Arthur Feinsod.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "The Provincetown Players" begins on p. 110
American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930
Weldon B. Durham.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Provincetown Players" begins on p. 377
FREE! The Little Theatre in the United States
Constance D'Arcy Mackay.
Henry Holt, 1917
Librarian’s tip: "The Provincetown Players" begins on p. 46
Our American Theatre
Oliver M. Sayler.
Brentano's, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Provincetown Players"
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