The American Century Theater
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Named in honor of the Group Theater. Founded in 1931 by a
group of politically active actors, writers and directors,
the Group Theater launched the theatrical careers of
Clifford Odets, Marc Blitztein, and William Saroyan, and
its members, which included Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan,
Stella Adler, Harold Clurman and others, had a continuing
influence on American theater to the end of the century.
$2,500 - $4,999
The Provincetown Players were founded in 1915 in
Provincetown, Mass, at the tip of Cape Cod, by playwright
Susan Glaspell and her director and playwright George Cram
Cook. The company produced the original productions of all
of Eugene ONeills plays through Desire Under the Elms
(1924), as well as the plays of Glaspell, one of the U.S.s
best and earliest female playwrights.
$1,000 - $2,499
Named in honor of the Theater Guild, the most successful
and prolific producing group of the 1920s and 1930s.
Founded in 1919, the Guild was the principle producer of
the plays of Elmer Rice, Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman,
Philip Barry, Robert Sherwood and others. It also brought
to Broadway the musical credited with defining modern
American musical theater, Oklahoma!
Mercury Theater Backers
$500 - $999
Named in honor of the Mercury Theater the repertory
company formed in 1937 by Orson Welles and John Houseman,
famous for its ground-breaking productions of Shakespeare
and later, the legendary musical, The Cradle Will Rock. It
also created a renowned series of radio dramas, and its
troupe, including Everett Sloan, Agnes Moorehead, George
Coulouris, Ray Collins, Joseph Cotton and Welles himself,
played most of the major roles in the film classic,
Living Theater Lovers
$250 - $499
The Living Theater repertory company began in 1947, and
energized the New York theater-scene with its often
assaultive devices and contempt for stage traditions,
employing audience interaction and sometimes shocking
stage effects to an unprecedented degree.
$100 - $249
The most venerable of Americas theatrical clubs, The
Players began in 1888 and is still active today. Not a
producing organization but a true club dedicated to the
celebration and appreciation of live theater, its members
have included Edwin Booth, Mark Twain, Howard Lindsay,
Alfred Drake, and Jose Ferrer. The American Century
Theater, in its Rescues series, honors the long-held
tradition of The Players of producing a production of a
classic American play each year for its members enjoyment.
Federal Theater Funders
$10 - $99
The Federal Theater Project was established under the WPA
during the Great Depression to put theater professionals
to work. It created hundreds of shows of all kinds, across
the country, often breaking new ground and always seeking
to make theater available to all. It also recognized, like
The Group Theater and the Living Theater, the power of the
stage to explore political issues and make meaningful
commentary on the issues of the day.