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Andy Piascik: The Federal Theatre Project's Macbeth, With an All-Black Cast, Plays Bridgeport | Rhode Island Media Cooperative
For five days in the summer of 1936, Bridgeport's Park Theatre played host to one of the most innovative and talked-about theater productions of that era: the Federal Theatre Project's staging of Shakespeare's Macbeth with an all-black cast, as directed by Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman. Macbeth played to enthusiastic audiences, sold-out houses and mostly rave reviews during the twelve-week engagement that lasted through July 18th.