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The Playwrights Company Saving the Art on Broadway The period in history from the Depression up until the beginnings of World War II were financially bleak for Broadway Theatre The number of productions being produced were also down Producers were going bankrupt left and right and the Shubert Brothers developed a monopoly of Broadway itself With the oncoming war approaching theatre as well as American pride needed a boost I will argue that this time on Broadway 1935-39 was productive in the case of The Playwrights Company I will argue that these talents combined provided the most forward form of thinking on the Broadway stage First I will look at the rise in power of the Shuberts and the motion picture industry Both set the stage for the formation of the Playwrights Company I will then delve into the details of the Playwrights Companyincluding detailed information on those involved in the group This evidence will show the influence and success the company had upon Broadway especially consideri ng the previously mentioned challenges they faced The Shubert Brothers Lee Sam and Jake are well-known within the Broadway community The Depression knocking out a majority of individual theatre producers on Broadway did have some effect upon the brothers Within the first year of the Depression they had lost a million dollars The next season they suffered a three million dollar loss and by the end of the Depression they suffered a total loss of around eight million dollars This loss in profit was due to several reasons Since audience members had less money to spend on entertainment they were becoming more choosy with their fare If they wanted to see fluff entertainment they could see a film for cheaper The Shuberts who were never known for their artistry were in trouble Although the Shuberts did suffer in the Depression it also gave them the opportunity to continue to monopolize Broadway To help
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