Milly Barranger

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Audrey Wood and the Playwrights

From Tennessee Williams to Arthur Kopit and Brian Friel, New York-based literary agent Audrey Wood encouraged and guided the unique talents of playwrights in the Broadway theater of her day. In an era when women, with the exception of actresses, were rare in the theater busness, Audrey Wood's quiet determination and burning enthusiasm brought America's finest mid-century playwrights to prominence and altered stage history.

Selected Works

Modern Stage History
Theatre historian Helen Krich Chinoy's unfinished manuscript on the Group Theatre (1931-1941)--three decades in the writing--has been edited by Don B. Wilmeth and Milly S. Barranger. It is a pioneering study of the Group's collective vision for a new kind of theatre and a new approach to an acting process called "the Method."
The story of Audrey Wood is told through her interactions with her clients, now household names, whose works she steered onto Broadway stages. Among them were A Streetcar Named Desire, Tea and Sympathy, The Member of the Wedding, Bus Stop, and many more.
Biography
When women producers were rare at mid-twentieth century, Cheryl Crawford pioneered as an independent producer on Broadway.
Stage and opera director, Margaret Webster, challenged stage tradition and mainstream attitudes toward professional women at mid-twentieth century.
Nonfiction
Unfriendly Witnesses adds to our understanding of the impact of McCarthyism on women directors, playwrights, and actors at mid-twentieth century.

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