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Gambler’s Instinct

Gambler’s Instinct

The Story of Broadway Producer Cheryl Crawford

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Milly S. Barranger


E-book (Other formats: Paperback)
6 x 9, 14 illustrations

Theater in the Americas


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​As Barranger traces Crawford’s career as an independent producer, she tells the parallel story of American theater in the mid-twentieth century, making A Gambler’s Instinct both an enjoyable and informative biography of a remarkable woman and an important addition to the literature of the modern theater.


Milly S. Barranger is a distinguished professor emerita of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, former producing director of the PlayMakers Repertory Company, and author of Unfriendly Witnesses: Gender, Theater, and Film in the McCarthy Era and Margaret Webster: A Life in the Theater.


“In this meticulously researched biography, Milly S. Barranger  does much more than tell the story of one of the American theater’s most successful producers—who happened to be a woman. Within the first pages of this enthralling book she transports the reader behind the scenes and right into the world of theater as it was happening—from the 1930s to the end of the twentieth century—the period now referred to as the theater’s Golden Age. . . . This is a book to treasure.”

 —Lynne Rogers, author and former president of the League of Professional Theatre Women