Federal Theatre Project 

The Federal Theatre Project (FTP) was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was established to provide work for unemployed citizens during the Great Depression (1929-39). The FTP began in August 1935. It was active in Birmingham during 1936.

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Find reviews and contemporary newspaper articles at the Birmingham Public Library's Digital Collection in Federal Theatre Project in Birmingham Clipping File

 

 

Performance List, Birmingham Federal Theatre Stock Unit (Negro)
from The Federal Theatre Project in Georgia and Alabama by John Russell Poole

Production Author Dates (# of performances) Attendance
Home in Glory Clyde Limbaugh Apr. 16-17, 1936 (2) 1,617
Swamp Mud Harold Courlander July 11, 1936 (1) 630
Accident Policy Arthur Aker July 31-Aug. 3, 1936 230
Great Day Morrison Wood Oct. 8, 1936 --------

Performance List, Birmingham Federal Theatre Stock Unit (White)
from The Federal Theatre Project in Georgia and Alabama by John Russell Poole

Production Author Dates (# of performances) Attendance
After Dark Dion Boucicault May 12-16, 1936 (6) 713
Mr. Petruchio Amasa B. Windham & Mary Mabry May 19-23, 1936 (6) 1,057
The Spider Futlton Oursler & Lowell Brentano May 26-June 6, 1936 (12) 2,029
Let Who Will Be Clever Alden Nash June 3-9, 1936 (6) 1,134
Chalk Dust Harold A. Clarke & Maxwell Nurnberg June16-Sept. 21, 1936 (12) 1,640
It Can't Happen Here Sinclair Lewis & John Moffitt Oct. 27-Dec. 2, 1936 (12) 2,024
The Night of January 16th Ayn Rand Nov. 10-14, 1936 (6) 1,198
Distant Drums Dan Totheroh Nov. 17-21, 1936 (6) 642
American Holiday Edwin Barker & Albert Barker Dec. 27-31, 1936 (6) 819