Lawson, John Howard


Lawson, John Howard
(1895-1977)
   A New York native, John Howard Lawson attended Williams College, where he began writing plays with a Marxist bent. Lawson's leftist politics led him to develop a dramatic approach he labeled "political vaudeville," and was first seen on Broadway in Roger Bloomer (1923), an expressionist satirizing of a young man's revolt against materialism. The Theatre Guild produced his next play, Processional (1925), a success that featured actors George Abbott, June Walker, and Philip Loeb* in a fiery account of a West Virginia coal miners' strike. Lawson's next three plays, including Nirvana (1926), Loud Speaker (1927), and The International (1928), all failed, but Success Story* (1932), produced by The Group Theatre,* was well-received. When sound motion pictures began, Lawson spent much of his time writing screenplays until he was blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood Ten" during the House Un-American Activities anti-Communist "witch hunts" in the late 1940s.

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  • LAWSON, JOHN HOWARD — (1895–1977), U.S. playwright. With the 1925 production of his Processional, Lawson became known as a leading exponent of expressionist and social drama. His works include Loud Speaker (1927), a political farce; International (1927); Success Story …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Lawson, John Howard — ▪ American playwright born Sept. 25, 1894, New York City died Aug. 11, 1977, San Francisco       U.S. playwright, screenwriter, and member of the “Hollywood Ten,” who was jailed (1948–49) and blacklisted for his refusal to tell the House… …   Universalium

  • Lawson, John Howard — • ЛО УСОН (Lawson) Джон Хоуард (25.9.1895 11.8.1977)    амер. драматург, искусствовед, обществ. деятель. В кино с 1929 (сц. ф. Динамит ). Организатор Гильдии сценаристов в Голливуде. В 30 40 е гг. посц. Л. пост. ф. прогрес. направленности:… …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

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  • John Howard Lawson — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Lawson. John Howard Lawson est un scénariste américain né le 25 septembre 1894 à New York, New York (États Unis), décédé le 11 août 1977 à San Francisco (Californie). Biographie Dans les années 1950, il fut une… …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • John Howard Lawson — (* 25. September 1894 in New York; † 11. August 1977 in San Francisco, Kalifornien) war ein US amerikanischer Dramatiker und Drehbuchautor. Nach einem Studium am Williams College entwickelte sich Lawson zu einem der der einflussreichsten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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