Summer 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 3 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1968 |

Theater Projects and Projections

The Federal Theatre—1935-1939 by Jane DeHart Mathews. Princeton University Press, $8.50. American Theatre (Stratford-Upon-Avon Studies, 10) edited by John Russell Brown and Bernard Harris. St. Martin's Press, $5.75. Theater East And West by Leonard C. Pronko. University of California Press, $7.50. When Harry Hopkins called Hallie Flanagan to Washington in 1935 to ask her to head a Federal Theatre Project, she knew a good deal about theater but "was totally lacking in administrative experience." She acquired a great deal in the next four years. She discovered that politics and art could not be forced into marriage. In spite of the help of many talented and energetic people, WPA officials themselves finally gave up the fight when the mood of the Congress became too ugly, and Hallie Flanagan was left to fight on alone. The Federal Theatre Project was killed in the summer of 1939. The dream of a national theater was dead, but the extraordinary achievement of those four delirious years

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