Friday, December 24, 2010

From The Theatre Union's 1933 Manifesto

During the 1930s Great Depression, The Theatre Union indicated, in its 1933 manifesto, how the counter-cultural U.S. working-class left's approach to drama differs from the Broadway-Hollywood-Commercial Theatre-Corporate Media Conglomerate Complex's historic approach to drama:

"We produce plays that deal boldly with the deep-going social conflicts, the economic, emotional, and cultural problems that confront the majority of the people. Our plays speak directly to this majority, whose lives usually are caricatured or ignored on the stage. We do not expect that these plays will fall into accepted social patterns. This is a new kind, based on the interests and hopes of the great mass of working people.

"We have established a low price sale so that the masses of people who have been barred by high prices can attend the theatre..."

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