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Federal Theatre Project Playbill from Bridgeport production of Macbeth
Playbill from the Bridgeport production of Macbeth

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Closing Night of the WPA Performance of Macbeth
July 25, 1936

Back during the Great Depression, when the stock market crashed and there was widespread unemployment, it was especially tough even for skilled performers to find work. So President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Federal Theatre Project (FTP), as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), to help relieve the stress of unemployed writers, actors, and artists. The WPA was a national works program that helped people find jobs.
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