Opening at the Garrick Theatre on 12 January 1925 for 90 performances produced by the Theatre Guild, John Howard Lawson's "jazz symphony of American life" reflected the author's leftist politics in its vaudeville-style depiction of events surrounding a West Virginia coal miners' strike. Lawson assailed racial prejudice (including the Ku Klux Klan), corporate and governmental indifference to economic conditions, and the inherent corruption of small town politics. Its remarkable cast included George Abbott, Philip Loeb,* Sanford Meisner,* Lee Strasberg,* and June Walker. Revised for a production by the Federal Theatre Project,* it opened at Maxine Elliott's Theatre on 13 October 1937 for 81 performances. Lawson's play was a rare foray into nonrealistic and overtly political drama on Broadway.

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