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Marching Song: A Play

Marching Song: A Play (Hardback)

By Welles, Orson
With Hill, Roger
Edited by Tarbox, Todd
Foreword by Callow, Simon

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Before The Cradle Will Rock, before War of the Worlds, before Citizen Kane-there was Marching Song. At the age of 25 Orson Welles co-wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. But this was not the first achievement in t...he young artist's career. A few years earlier he terrorized America with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. And even before he conquered the airwaves, Welles had made a name for himself in New York theatre, with his dynamic stagings of Shakespeare classics and the politically charged musical The Cradle Will Rock. But before all of these there was Marching Song-a play about abolitionist John Brown-that Welles had co-written at the age of 17. While attending the Todd School for Boys, Welles collaborated with Roger Hill, the schoolmaster at Todd, to produce this full-length drama. Marching Song: A Play is a work by one of America's true geniuses at an early stage of his creative growth. Steeped in historical detail, the play chronicles Brown's fight against slavery, his raid on Harper's Ferry, his capture, his conviction for treason, and his execution. In addition to the entire text of the play, this volume features a biographical sketch of Welles and Hill-written by Hill's grandson-during their days together at Todd. A fascinating dramatization of a pivotal event in American history, this play also demonstrates Welles' burgeoning development as social commentator and an advocate for human rights, particularly on behalf of African Americans. Featuring a foreword by noted Welles biographer, Simon Callow, Marching Song: A Play is an important work by an American icon.
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ISBN 9781538125526
Released NZ 15 Aug 2019
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781538125526
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint Rowman & Littlefield
Released 15 Aug 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Welles, Orson
With Hill, Roger
Edited by Tarbox, Todd
Foreword by Callow, Simon
Category Performing Arts
Theatre, Drama
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 238mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 812.52
Weight 435g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Abolitionists - United States, Brown, John
NBS Text Other Performing Arts
ONIX Text General/trade