Theater: New Play in Manhattan: Apr. 1, 1935

Black Pit (by Albert Maltz; Theatre Union, producer). The didactic purposes of the Theatre Union, a theatrical little Red schoolhouse near Union Square, are two: 1) to reveal to the laity how the other half lives by staging exciting instances of social injustice; 2) to impress some of the broader party policies on Communist comrades by dramatic examples. Stevedore was supposed to demonstrate that black and white workers should and could present a united front. Sailors of Cattaro emphasized the need of centralized direction in Communist organization. Black Pit, another class...

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