Segments in this Video

Classic Moment of American Theater (02:11)


American confidence after WWII and 1930s theater bring a new wave of American theater and methods. American naturalism comes of age with a voice all its own. Form and content align perfectly.

Paul Robeson and Canada Lee (04:53)

Strong writers and courageous actors bridge the theatrical styles of the 1930s and 1940s, including African-American lead actors, Paul Robeson and Canada Lee.

John Houseman and Orson Welles (02:30)

John Houseman originates the production of "Native Son," starring Canada Lee. He asks Orson Welles, whom he worked with on "Citizen Kane," to direct it with cinematic-style sets.

Tennessee Williams (02:53)

Tennessee Williams' 1945-1960 plays are strong examples of fusion of interior acting style, subject matter, and stunning language. His subjects and characters were revolutionary.

William Inge and Arthur Miller (02:38)

William Inge's work flirts with frustration with taboo topics like homosexuality and suppressed sexual desire. The most emblematic playwright of the day is Arthur Miller, exploring failed American dreams.

Acting in the 1940s Theater (04:05)

Multiple approaches and the actors' creative imagination add to the theater's success. The philosophy of the Stella Adler Conservatory is to bring the actor, text, and author together.

Stella Adler Conservatory Today (02:38)

An actor's instrument includes his emotional life, creativity, voice, and body. The issue of language presents problems in American theater. Exploration of imagination is vital for actors.

Heart of New York Theater District (02:37)

Theater training now and then reflects the world around it. Metaphoric icons of the city capture theater's dream, such as Longacres Square which becomes Times Square on 42nd Avenue.

Review of Post-War Era Theater (02:35)

The roles of theater, playwrights, actors, and theater icons emphasizes that art is one of the most powerful ways to explore our world, with its historical and cultural context.

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Into the Post-War Era

Part of the Series : A Search for an American Voice in Theater
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This program considers the unique synergy between Method acting and poetic realism, as Ellen Adler and Tom Oppenheim, of the Stella Adler Conservatory, and author William Simon track the changes in American theater from pre– to post–World War II society. America’s newfound place on the world stage is spotlighted, along with the careers of Paul Robeson, Canada Lee, and Marlon Brando; milestone plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bus Stop, and The Crucible; and the iconic stature of Times Square, the heart of New York’s mainstream theater. The program also sums up more than 200 years of American life as reflected by the theater that has shaped the nation’s cultural history. (30 minutes)

Length: 31 minutes

Item#: BVL9168

ISBN: 978-1-4213-3388-5

Copyright date: ©1999

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