How Did Feminism Contribute to the Transformation of Radical Theater in the United States, 1966-1983?



   This project traces the role of feminism in the transformation of radical theater in the years between 1966 and 1983 through the experiences of one theater activist, Melody James. Drawing on rare archival materials from the period and oral history, the project uses Melody James's experiences in JOIN, an SDS-sponsored community organizing project in Chicago, the San Francisco State strike, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the (S.F.) Women's Street Theater, and at Muhlenberg College to explore the changing focus and form of radical theater and to illuminate the influence of second-wave feminism on this evolution.


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