The Theatre: Flanagan's Drama

The late Federal Theatre Project was the biggest State-subsidized theatre on record. In four years it spent almost enough money to build a battleship ($46,000,000), employed 13,000 people at its peak, gave 63,600 performances of 1,200 major productions to audiences of 30,300,000, of whom some 65% had never before seen a living actor at work. This whopping project was run by tiny, greenish-eyed Hallie Flanagan, head of Vassar College's Experimental Theatre. Last week Hallie Flanagan published an ardent, lively history of Federal Theatre, Arena (Duell, Sloan & Pearce; $3), winding up with a blast at the politicos who finally packed the...

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