ALL THE PLEASURES OF THE GARDEN

This is a extended version of a lecture I recently delivered at an international conference in Perth, Western Australia, for the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance. It was an absolutely terrific conference with many excellent teachers and speakers. What was one of the most exciting aspects of this conference, however, was the many students from WAPPA, VCA, Federal and others institutions. Their openness, courtesy, bravery, intelligence and imaginations were inspirational to be amongst – thank you.

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‘I Know A Dark Secluded Place’ – WHAT LIES UNDERNEATH?

SECRETS & SEX – THE PAJAMA GAME & AMERICAN DRAMA 1949-1954

THE AGE OF McCARTHYISM, HUAC, and THE KINSEY REPORTS.

Introduction

The years 1949-1954 are truly extraordinary in regard to American drama. The range and diversity, depth and breadth, audacity, grace and sheer brilliance marks this brief period as one of the greatest periods of American drama in theatre and film. To begin with 1949…

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