This book argues that US theatre in the 20th century embraced the theories and practices of internationalism as a way to realize a better world and as part of the strategic reform of the theatre into a national expression. Live performance, theatre internationalists argued, could represent and reflect the nation like other endeavour.
Charlotte M. Canning is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor in Drama in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She is the author of Feminist Theaters In The USA: Staging Women's Experience (1995) and The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance (2005). She co-edited, with Thomas Postlewait, Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography (2010).