By Milly S. Barranger
"Margaret Webster is a hugely great addition to our wisdom of the 1st vital woman director in American theater. Remembered now specifically for her staging of Othello with Paul Robeson, Uta Hagen, and Jose Ferrer, Margaret Webster was once most likely the best-known, in-demand, and trendy director of Shakespeare in the United States within the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties. attention-grabbing all through, the book's discussions of operating with Robeson, and of HUAC, which particular her simply as her occupation was once achieving a height, make for particularly engrossing reading."
Margaret Webster: A lifestyles within the Theater is an engrossing behind the scenes account of the lifetime of pioneering director Margaret Webster (1905-72).
This is the 1st book-length biography of Webster, a groundbreaking level and opera director whose occupation challenged not just level culture but in addition mainstream attitudes towards specialist women.
Often credited with first having introduced Shakespeare to Broadway, and popular for her daring casting of an African American (Paul Robeson) within the function of Othello, Webster used to be an artistic strength in glossy American and British theater.
Her tale finds the independent-minded artist undeterred through level culture and unmindful of ideas a couple of woman's position within the expert theater. as well as delivering interesting glimpses into Webster's own and kinfolk lifestyles, Margaret Webster: A lifestyles within the Theater additionally bargains a who's-who checklist of the largest names in manhattan and London theater of the time, in addition to Hollywood: John Gielgud, Noël Coward, George Bernard Shaw, Uta Hagen, Sybil Thorndike, Eva LeGallienne, and John Barrymore, between others, all of whom crossed paths with Webster. Capping Webster's impressive tale is her research by way of Senator Joseph McCarthy and HUAC, which left her not able to paintings for a 12 months, and from which she by no means totally recovered.
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Margaret Webster: A Life in the Theater (Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance) by Milly S. Barranger