September 20–October 11
The Seven Year Itch
George Axelrod

January 9–31
Crime and Punishment in America
Cops by Terry Curtis Fox and
Hello Out There by William Saroyan

March 19-22
American Century's
Broadway Hit Parade

compiled by Jack Marshall,
Tom Fuller, and Jacqueline Manger

July 17–August 8
Twelve Angry Men
Reginald Rose

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20th century performing arts


Non-traditional Casting

by Jack Marshall
In transferring the drama to Alabama and casting the play with African American actors, The American Century Theater and director Ed Bishop are to some extent changing the author's intent and veering from the company's usual production practice of trying to stay as close to the spirit of the original show as possible. This is the still-controversial realm of non-traditional casting, and That Championship Season is an excellent case study of the practice.
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The One Hit Wonders of 1960-1975

by Andrew White, PhD.
Pop quiz: What do Tad Mosel, Howard Sackler, Charles Gordone, Paul Zindel and Jason Miller have in common?
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Making a New Play Out of Old Pieces

by Jack Marshall
Drama Under the Influence, the latest addition to The American Century Theater's "Reflections" series, demonstrates the stage director's creative and substantive role in communicating ideas, subtext, historical commentary and emotions that would not register on the audience without his efforts.
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Women, the Theatre, and the Avant-garde

by Andrew White, PhD.
By the early 1900's, middle-class white women could adopt the stage as a profession and enjoy respectable careers as actors or playwrights. It was still a struggle, however, for female playwrights to get their works produced. Some of them simply shelved their plays; others responded by creating their own small companies.
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"Save Eugene O'Neill!"

by Jack Marshall
On January 2,the Washington Post reported that the Fairfax County library system was dumping thousands of volumes that had not been checked out in the last 24 months. Among the classics tossed to make room for more novels by John Grisham and Tom Clancy, the ghost-written autobiography of Hillary Clinton and the fulminations of Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter: Gibbon's Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire; Voltaire's Candide, Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
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