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Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie”: Seventy Years on the American Stage!

Blue roses
This week marks the 70th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie’s Broadway premiere.The play has been produced seven times on Broadway—more than any other American classic with the exception Tennessee Williams’ subsequent masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire!Read More »
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Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”: Witch Hunting for the Classroom

"The witch no. 1" lithograph, By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s. My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in a short time dried up the habits of trust and toleration in public discourse. —Arthur MillerRead More »
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Revisit “Our Town”

Old North Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
“Indeed the play's success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive.”—Donald Margulies, (Foreword) Our Town.Read More »
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A Raisin in the Sun: A Milestone in American Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, premiered on Broadway on this day March 11th 1959. Never before had so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen onstage.—James BaldwinRead More »