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 in particular 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 popular director of Shakespeare in the US within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. interesting all through, the book's discussions of operating with Robeson, and of HUAC, which particular her simply as her profession was once attaining a height, make for specifically engrossing reading."
Margaret Webster: A existence 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 profession challenged not just degree culture but additionally mainstream attitudes towards expert 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 was once an artistic strength in smooth American and British theater.
Her tale unearths the independent-minded artist undeterred via degree culture and unmindful of ideas a couple of woman's position within the expert theater. as well as delivering attention-grabbing glimpses into Webster's own and family members existence, Margaret Webster: A existence within the Theater additionally bargains a who's-who record of the most important 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 extraordinary tale is her research by means of Senator Joseph McCarthy and HUAC, which left her not able to paintings for a 12 months, and from which she by no means absolutely recovered.
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