Laura, Matthew and Kathleen created an exhibition for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) that launched this Spring 2014 semester. The exhibition is titled The Show Must Go On! American Theater in the Great Depression. They created this exhibition in LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives for the DPLA Digital Curation Pilot, which was run here at Pratt, as well as at University of Washington, University of Denver and University of Oklahoma. Below you will find a brief description about their exhibition:
The Great Depression had an enormous impact on theaters across the country. Productions decreased dramatically, audiences were down, and talented writers, performers and directors fled the industry to find work in Hollywood. However, through adversity, the show went on. The public construction projects of the Works Progress Administration led to new theaters rising in cities across America. The Federal Theater Project was established to fund theater and performances across the country providing work to unemployed artists. This influx of new artists had a profound impact on the industry, opening theater to new voices, themes and audiences.