Schwartz’s Book Explores Broadway’s Depictions of Industrial Workers of the World Union

Posted on 4/24/2014 10:45:04 AM

Michael Schwartz, assistant professor in the Theater and Dance Department, is scheduled to publish his book, Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage: The Staging and Taming of the I.W.W., with Palgrave Macmillan. The book will be part of Palgraves Studies in Theatre and Performance History series, and is set to be released July 10, 2014.

Schwartz’s book examines the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) labor union and how popular Broadway plays of the 1920s represented the I.W.W., its membership, and its ideologies onstage for a not always sympathetic audience.

Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage has received advance praise: “In this illuminating study, Michael Schwartz provides vivid insights into the ways in which the Wobblies, a fabled crew of labor campaigners, were depicted on the Broadway stage. Schwartz colorfully demonstrates how Wobblies were evoked through individual characters, plot devices, and music. Through its fine storytelling and cogent analyses, Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage reveals a largely hidden part of American theatrical and labor history.”
William A. Everett, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Department of Theater and Dance