TFA Does FTP for PBS

Posted: June 13, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason’s resident theater company, will perform scenes for an upcoming documentary for PBS on the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) of the 1930s. The Educational Film Center in Springfield, Virginia, is producing the documentary, which is expected to be broadcast in the fall.

According to Kevin Murray, TFA’s managing director, the company will perform short scenes from Injunction Granted, Ethiopia, Power and Triple A: Plowed Under in 1930s-style costumes with minimal props and sets. Theater Division faculty member Ed Gero, as well as Murray, is part of the acting ensemble. Rick Davis, TFA’s artistic director, will direct the scenes.

FTP was a division of the Works Progress Administration, which was established to provide work for unemployed citizens during the Great Depression. The project, which ran from 1935 to 1939, flourished as the first and only government-sponsored and -subsidized theater program in the United States.

TFA has had other projects related to FTP. For a number of years, George Mason played host to the FTP archives, which were on loan from the Library of Congress. For several years while the collection was still on site, TFA sponsored a Federal Theatre Festival each spring. For more information about FTP, visit the library’s web site.

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