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Two decades after Tony Kushner's influential Angels in the United States looked as if it would claim a revitalized efficiency for the preferred political play, there's a "No Politics" prejudice undermining US creation and writing. This ebook explores the principally unrecognized cultural styles that discourage political playwriting at the modern American degree.

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American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice: Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Perspectives

20 years after Tony Kushner's influential Angels in the US appeared to claim a revitalized efficiency for the preferred political play, there's a "No Politics" prejudice undermining US construction and writing. This ebook explores the mostly unrecognized cultural styles that discourage political playwriting at the modern American level.

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They sum up a near-century’s worth of tyranny and futility under Soviet socialism. The have/have not gap between the governing and the governed is power based and material, not meritocratic or intellectual. The formal terms—heightened realism, comedy, politically literate dialogue for characters across the social spectrum—are set. As with Shaw, the social medicine will be administered with jokes. “You missed a spot,” First Babushka says to her sweeping partner, only briefly interrupting her windy statement on Marx and Engels.

Miller, thanks to the fame he earned by standing up to the governmental authority, played his scenario with flair, depositing for himself and for the concept of the American playwright a formidable heroic image. Arguably the most iconic of American dramatists, Arthur Miller sought a moral high ground throughout his career, in plays and essays that consistently championed a theater concerned with man as a social being. Drawn onto the public stage during the House Un-American Activities hearings, Miller subsequently performed the role of public scourge and social conscience, consistently invoking the playwright’s license to opine widely not only on his art (“The State of the Theater,” “Broadway, from O’Neill to Now,” more) and what its highest purposes may be (“Tragedy and the Common Man,” “Arthur Miller vs.

But its vigor in the 1930s established a popular and accessible political drama that would seem to have a better chance than most at being reinvigorated by new generations of writers and ratified by contemporary producers and audiences, if for no other reason than that realism continues to be the dominant mode on stages across the country. Kushner’s monumentally acclaimed Angels fits comfortably in this mode. “A kind of poetics of politics was pieced together,” Helen Krich Chinoy wrote of 1930s American drama, “a radical reconsideration that may not have changed the world as intended but did change forever what theatre meant for us and for those who came after” (Chinoy 478).

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