Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Cradle Will Rock is mentioned in the opening chapter of Bob Dylan in America. In this chapter, Wilentz tries to capture the spirit of the Popular Front in America at the time, which many of the persons who were involved in the play were a part of, as noted in this book reference. Marc Blitzstein originally conceived the play for the Federal Theater Project, but Hallie Flanagan pulled the plug when pressure mounted against the production. Orson Welles and John Houseman stepped in with their own money and saved the play from obscurity. In 1999, a movie was made that dramatized the events surrounding the play.