skip to Main Content
Robert Noack and Norman Lloyd in the Federal Theater Project production of "Power," at the Ritz Carlton, February 1937. Photo WPA. Coutesy Library of Congress

Baden-Württemberg Seminar

The Rise and Fall of America’s Federal Theater

In this talk at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, James Shapiro discusses his book-in-progress The Playbook: Theater, Democracy, and the Making of a Culture War, about the rise and fall of the Federal Theater. Established in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Theater employed over ten thousand out-of-work actors and staged productions seen by more than 25 million Americans from 1935 until 1939, the year the first House Un-American Committee targeted the Federal Theater’s plays as “un-American.” This fateful accusation resulted in a confrontation that was an opening salvo in America’s culture wars.

In cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

18 Apr 24
Cultural Studies
18.04.2024 Add to iCal
18:15 - 20:00
Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
Hauptstraße 120
69117 Heidelberg
Speaker: James Shapiro

Admission is free. No registration required.

Back To Top