The importance of Native American realism is traced through a study of the evolution of dramatic theory from the early 1890s through World War I and the uniquely American innovations in realistic drama between world wars.
The British `New Wave' of dramatists, actors and directors in the late 1950s and 1960s created a defining moment in post-war theatre. This text provides the historical and cultural background which is essential for a true understanding of this influential and dynamic era. Drawing upon contemporary sources as well as the plays themselves, the author considers the plays' influences, their impact and their critical receptions.
The author challenges the rejection of realistic drama that has characterized much recent feminist drama criticism. The book focuses specifically on the Progressive Era, the Harlem Renaissance, and the post-1960s contemporary scene.