Elmer Rice Living Theatre 1959 Liberal Activist Playwright
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Elmer Rice Living Theatre 1959 Liberal Activist Playwright

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The Living Theatre, 1959, by Elmer Rice, a rare and collectible first edition, is a broad testimonial by the author, a progressive, liberal activist playwright, on a variety of aspects of theatre life from basic concepts to audience reactions. This what he thought about the theater.

This black and blue hardcover copy is in good to very good vintage / antiquarian condition, firm binding and with no tears and limited shelf wear. The cover is fading at the spine, and there is some age related browning of the pages, and written comments in only one chapter. The book measures 5 3/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches by 1 inch and has 306 pages. There is no dust jacket.

Elmer Rice (1893 - 1967), an American Dramatist of the theatrically exciting 1930s, was an Experimentalist in his plays, a Concerned Liberal in his thoughts and a constant Theater Activist who, with four others, formed the successful Playwrights Company Producers.

From the teens in the 20th century when Rice (née Elmer Leopold Reizenstein), trained as a lawyer, produced his first remarkably successful Broadway hit, On Trial. Through his writing career as an activist commentator on a dehumanized society in The Adding Machine (1923), Street Scene (1929) and We the People (1933). Until his confrontation with anti-communist McCarthyism and his final New York Production in 1963, he was a dedicated protester against aspects of society that offended his then radical beliefs.


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