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.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Provincetown Players: Selected full-text books and articles

Jig Cook and the Provincetown Players: Theatre in Ferment By Robert Karoly Sarlos University of Massachusetts Press, 1982
Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition By 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 By Mardi Valgemae Southern Illinois University Press, 1972
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Provincetown Players: The Triumverate and After"
The Simple Stage: Its Origins in the Modern American Theater By Arthur Feinsod Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian's tip: "The Provincetown Players" begins on p. 110
FREE! The Little Theatre in the United States By Constance D'Arcy Mackay Henry Holt, 1917
Librarian's tip: "The Provincetown Players" begins on p. 46
Our American Theatre By Oliver M. Sayler Brentano's, 1923
Librarian's tip: Chap. VII "The Provincetown Players"
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