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By B. Witham

Started as an audacious scan, for thirty years the Hedgerow Theatre prospered as America's such a lot profitable repertory corporation. whereas recognized for its recognized alumnae (Ann Harding and Richard Basehart), Hedgerow's legacy is a residing library of over 2 hundred productions created by means of Jasper Deeter's idealistic and made up our minds pursuit of 'truth and beauty.'

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Mansfield Bascom relates how Esherick aroused the anger of his southern colleagues when he tried to extend the principles of utopian socialism outside the geographical confines of Fairhope, Alabama. He also volunteered to teach at the school in the black neighborhood, just beyond the edge of town, where the sidewalks ended . . The white community wasn’t entirely accepting of Wharton’s liberal, non-prejudicial sense of inclusiveness. A lawyer there in Fairhope said, “Mr. Esherick, you’re going to be chased out of town.

In spite of the party’s own significant shortcomings and its frequent fealty to a Russian-led Comintern, which seemed ignorant of the realities of day-to-day life south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the Communists exhibited enormous courage in defense of American Negro rights. They sent union organizers into the teeth of the sharecropping south and rushed legal aid to the Scottsboro boys while the NAACP delayed, trying to anticipate the public relations consequences. Robeson, Rudd, Hughes, and others were attracted and often seduced by their ideology of classless equality and freedom.

Harding, at the time, was nearly the same age as Madeline, a stagestruck amateur whose stern, military father was opposed to anything having to do with the theatre. Christened Dorothy Gatley, she had been raised on army bases and loved horseback riding and entertaining young officers at tea parties supervised by her father, then colonel, but eventually general George Grant Gatley. She had performed in school plays and had some vague fantasies of being a writer but was working at an insurance Inheritors 19 company in Manhattan and living with her mother in the fall of 1920.

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