For the ears of babes : 
the futures of the Federal Theatre Project’s children’s theatre

dc.contributor.advisorCanning, Charlotte, 1964-
dc.creatorGilbert, Rachel Marieen
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-02T19:50:25Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2013en
dc.date.updated2013-12-02T19:50:26Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the various futures presented by the original children's theatre of the Federal Theatre Project. Combining original archival research and play analysis, I investigate four plays from the Federal Theatre's canon: The Emperor's New Clothes (1935) and A Letter to Santa Claus (1938) by Charlotte Chorpenning, Revolt of the Beavers (1937) by Oscar Saul and Lou Lantz, and Pinocchio (1938-9) by Yasha Frank. I posit that the futures presented by the four plays allowed the spectators to envision a new American future beyond the Great Depression: of prosperity, of class equality, of individual agency. These futures were in conversation with the larger unspoken political goal of the Project - to produce theatre relevant to its time and place, and thus to its audiences' time and place. By analyzing the plays and their reception by young, adult, and critical audiences, my thesis reveals a a critical genealogy, one that can be traced through conservative arts criticism in the 1930s through present-day attacks on national arts such as PBS and the NEAen
dc.description.departmentTheatre and Danceen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/22495en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectFederal Theatre Projecten
dc.subjectChildren's theatreen
dc.subjectA letter to Santa Clausen
dc.subjectRevolt of the beaversen
dc.subjectPinocchioen
dc.subjectThe emperor's new clothesen
dc.titleFor the ears of babes : 
the futures of the Federal Theatre Project’s children’s theatreen
thesis.degree.departmentTheatre and Danceen
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatreen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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