Milly Barranger

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Unfriendly Witnesses: Gender, Theater, and Film in the McCarthy Era

Unfriendly Witnesses is a signal contribution to our deeper understanding of McCarthyism and its impact on the American cultural landscape of the 1950s and beyond. This is an important work, not only for an understanding of a particularly repressive era in American culture but also as an insightful warning about censorship and the repression of civil liberties in our own time.”
--Daniel J. Watermeier, University of Toledo

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.
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.
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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