John Gassner, “Theatre Arts in a Free Society”

Category : Arts, Theater

In a world of growing tensions, the subject of freedom for the theatre and its related arts necessarily gives us greatconcern. The subject, considering the state of the world, can be approached only with faith in the strength of American democracy to survive the onslaughts of totalitarianism from abroad; and faith, too, in the common sense and the confidence of the American people to resist intolerance within our own borders. Faith should not be confused, of course, with complacency. It should be accompanied with works; that is, with a constant endeavor to sustain a free theatre in all the communities in which it is threatened or is likely to be threatened.

Source: Educational Theatre Journal 6.3 (Oct 1954): 191-200

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