Guide to the Stage for Action

Collection Title: Stage for Action
Dates: 1945-1948
Identification: MS99
Creator: Stage for Action (Theater company)
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This collection of scripts, playbills and brochure produced by Stage for Action, Inc. includes material from theatre seasons between 1945 and 1948. Playwrights represented include Robert Adler, George Bellak, Lewis Allan, Jerome Bayer, Norman Corwin, Arthur Miller, Les Pine, and Malvin Wald.
Acquisition Information: The programs and scripts in this collection were donated to the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections in 1990 by Bunny Kacher.
Processing Information: Sigrid Pohl Perry, March 1997
Conditions Governing Use: There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Repository: Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Biographical/Historical Information

Stage for Action was a post World War II theater group organized by young writers, actors and directors who envisioned a new society blessed with social justice and full expression of the aspirations of the "common man." It was the descendant of the Group Theater, active in the East in the late 1930s, and the Federal Theater. Stage for Action performed in union halls for labor audiences, churches, community centers and theaters in the late 1940s. Bunny Kacher, who donated this collection of scripts and who wrote the above brief history, was one of the actresses with the group. Studs Terkel and Arthur Miller were also associated with the company.

Scope and Content

This collection of scripts, playbills and brochure produced by Stage for Action, Inc. includes material from theatre seasons between 1945 and 1948. Playwrights represented include Robert Adler, George Bellak, Lewis Allan, Jerome Bayer, Norman Corwin, Arthur Miller, Les Pine, and Malvin Wald.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Stage for Action (Theater company)

Subjects

American drama--20th century

Theatrical companies--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Playbills
    • Stage for Action, Inc.: A New Kind of Theatre, Chicago, 1945-46
      • Box 1, Folder 1
        • Stage for Action, Presents A Demonstration of Four Plays in Its Repertoire, October 27, 1945Box 1, Folder 1
            Contents:  Summer Crop by Lou Scofield; Walk with Me by Sgt. A. Laurents; Joe McGinacle by Les Pine; Short Wait Between Trains by Ruth Moore.
        • Stage for Action, Presents Its Showcase, October 28 [1947?]Box 1, Folder 1
            Contents:  Room for a Crib by Lee Gilbert; Red, White and Blue Network by Norman Corwin; The Way Things Are by Irving Wexler; The Colonel and the Goats by Saul Aarons; Revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto by Betty Jaffey
  • Scripts
    • Assignment HomeBox 1, Folder 2
        Extent:  16pp. (3 copies)
    • Robert Adler and George Bellak. Open SecretBox 1, Folder 3
        Extent:  18pp. (also two incomplete copies) Note:  Based on Dr. Louis N. Ridenour's Pilot Lights of the Apocalypse.
    • Box 1, Folder 4
      • Lewis Allan. The Investigators, June, 1948Box 1, Folder 4
          Extent:  6pp. Note:  Chicago Arts Committee for Wallace, Theatre Section
      • Jerome Bayer. Dress RehearsalBox 1, Folder 4
          Extent:  6pp.
    • Norman Corwin. Untitled.Box 1, Folder 5
        Extent:  4pp.
    • DecisionBox 1, Folder 6
        Extent:  9pp. Act II, Scene 2 only.
    • Box 1, Folder 7
      • Arthur Miller. All My SonsBox 1, Folder 7
          Extent:  28pp.
      • Arthur Miller. That They May WinBox 1, Folder 7
          Note:  Chicago Arts Committee for Wallace, Theatre Section, June, 1948. Extent:  7pp. Variant edition, 9pp. (2 copies)
    • Les Pine. Joseph McGinnical, Cynical Pinnacle, Opus IIBox 1, Folder 8
        Extent:  17pp. (2 copies)
    • Malvin Wald. Talk in DarknessBox 1, Folder 9
        Extent:  8pp.