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The Women of Provincetown, 1915–1922
by Cheryl Black
University of Alabama Press, 2001
Cloth: 978-0-8173-1112-4 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5997-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-1321-0
Library of Congress Classification PN2297.P7B58 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.0820974492

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Black examines the roles a remarkable group of women played in one of the most influential theatre groups in America, demonstrating their influence on 20th-century dramaturgy and culture.

In this fascinating work, Cheryl Black argues that, in addition to its role in developing an American tradition of non-commercial theatre, Provincetown has another, largely unacknowledged claim to fame—it was one of the first theatre companies in America in which women achieved prominence in every area of operation. At a time when women playwrights were rare, women directors rarer, and women scenic designers unheard of, Provincetown’s female members excelled in all of these roles.

In addition to the well-known playwright Susan Gaspell, the company’s female membership included the likes of poets Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mina Loy, and Djuna Barnes; journalists Louise Bryant and Mary Heaton Vorce; novelists Neith Boyce and Evelyn Scott; and painter Marguerite Zorach. The Women of Provincetown is an engaging work of social history, offering new insights into the relationship between gender and theatre.
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