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Regional Theater Movement

The Regional Theater Movement grew out of the Little Theater Movement.  As Little Theater became more commercial, a new movement was developed as a non-profit, professional alternative to Broadway dedicated to the training and employment of local residents. Regional theaters often produce plays that are new, experimental, unknown or are not bound for Broadway, as well as the more popular and well-known plays.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, theater professionals began establishing regional playhouses in cities across the country as part of an organized movement.

Active playwrights associated with the Regional Theater Movement include David Berrigan, Marsha Norma, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Daniel Berrigan

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. Los Angeles: Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, 1970.

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine is Berrigan’s dramatic account of his trial with eight other Catholic activists for taking files from the Catonsville, Maryland draft board and burning them in protest of the Vietnam War. This copy of the original script was used during the play’s premier at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in August 1970.

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. Boston: Beacon Press, [1970].

This copy of the first edition of the play is signed by Berrigan.

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