Saturday, January 31, 2015

WPA Theatre: The Forgotten History of "Day is Darkness"


Above: Sometimes, it's very hard to find information on a particular WPA play or performance. The history of "Day is Darkness" seems to be almost completely absent from the Web. I could find little or no information on the play, the script, the playwright (George Fess), the director (Adolph Freeman), the sponsor (Boyle Heights Progressive Benevolent Club), or the venue (Ocean Park Municipal Auditorium)--although the latter was apparently demolished, or destroyed by fire, sometime in the 1970s. If anyone has information about this play, please let me know (wpatoday@gmail.com). Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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