The 1930s in the United States were pretty bad for employment in all industries, and the theater was no exception. As part of Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Works Progress Administration created a division called the Federal Theatre Project. The agency created theater companies across the country to put actors and crew back to work in the theater industry. The shows were free, and thanks to forward thinking administrators, a lot of them were pretty interesting. You’ll also learn about the Group Theatre today. They’re the super-influential troupe, with the totally lame name.
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