Third World Theatre (1981)


This historical documentation features testimonies on the work of the directors and actors of the Third World Theater Series, produced by New WORLD Theater. The Third World Theater Series began in the fall of 1979 as a project of the Student Activities Office of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. By 1981 it was in its third year and had hosted twelve visiting companies and produced four original plays. In this video, community members discuss what it takes to put on a theatre festival and present political work from multi-racial perspectives and collaborations. They offer their visions of what making ‘new theater’ is, and how to work with people through theater for social and political change. In line with New WORLD Theater ideals, this series promoted a racially diverse theater, political in content, and accessible to lower classes. Performances featured in the series include Homelands, And the Soul Shall Dance, Simpson Street, and Prisims, with interviews by Míriam Colón of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Tisa Chang of the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, and Denny Partridge of the Modern Times Theater.


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  • Title: Third World Theatre
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:26:01
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 1881
  • Type-Format: documentary
  • Credits: Miriam Carter, Yat. T. Man, Michael Thomas, narration; Ed Cohen, still photography; Mark Gunning, video production; Paul Mortali, Maureen McNamara, production assistants