Play Production in America

Play Production in America

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Play Production in America

Play Production in America

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About ten years ago I was groping about in the theater for detailed information concerning it. I discovered many books, a few answers, and more guide-posts; but, on many important subject divisions, I found nothing. Then began a quizzical career that led me, partly through inclination and partly through force of circumstances, into most of the departments of the theater. Throughout the experience I took notes; and, when these seemed sufficiently voluminous, I projected the present work to fill what seemed a serious gap in stage literature.

Upon the title-page I have placed a quotation from John Philip Sousa's speech on subsidy, published some years ago in the Paris Herald. This is to remind a reading public, that has lately been presented with a number of excellent works dealing almost exclusively with the theaters of Europe, that American playhouses also have made decided advance, although, perhaps, along different lines. But while this book is essentially American, it is presented, in this connection, mainly to remark America's contribution to international development. I cannot reiterate too often that there cannot be a protective tariff placed around art. Anything worth while that this country is doing in the theater belongs to the world.

It is only lately that there has been widespread attempt to define what the theater is trying to do--to achieve a synthesis of the various interdependent arts for more forceful expression of truth, keeping refinement of each art as an important but subordinate thing. In a measure, this book . . .

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