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TVA and the Federal Theatre Project
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In 1937 the Federal Theatre Project, an agency of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which had been created to provide work for unemployed actors and theater workers, produced the Living Newspaper Power. The Living Newspapers were dramatic productions about contemporary issues. Power dramatized the history of the electric industry, and Scene Fifteen demonstrates why many people felt the Tennessee Valley Authority was so necessary.

The Living Newspapers were not simply "mouthpieces" for New Deal Programs. Their productions sometimes angered members of the Roosevelt Administration. Ethiopia. a Living Newspaper about the invasion of that country by Italy, was censored by the Administration. But Power clearly supported TVA's objectives. When Harry Hopkins, directory of the WPA, saw Power he went backstage and congratulated the cast:

I want to tell you that this is a great show. It's fast and funny, it makes you laugh and it makes you cry and it makes you think--I don't know what more anyone can ask of a show. I want this play and plays like it done from one end of the country to the other... Now let's get one thing clear: you will take a lot of criticism on this play. People will say it's propaganda. Well, I say what of it? If it's propaganda to educate the consumer who's paying for power, it's about time someone had some propaganda for him. The big power companies have spent millions on propaganda for the utilities. It's about time that the consumer had a mouthpiece. I say more plays like Power and more power to you.