Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950

A Critical Anthology

Author: Robert Knopf

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030021054X

Category: Drama

Page: 512

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An essential volume for theater artists and students alike, this anthology includes the full texts of sixteen important examples of avant-garde drama from the most daring and influential artistic movements of the first half of the twentieth century, including Symbolism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism. Each play is accompanied by a bio-critical introduction by the editor, and a critical essay, frequently written by the playwright, which elaborates on the play’s dramatic and aesthetic concerns. A new introduction by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten contextualizes the plays in light of recent critical developments in avant-garde studies. By examining the groundbreaking theatrical experiments of Jarry, Maeterlinck, Strindberg, Artaud, and others, the book foregrounds the avant-garde’s enduring influence on the development of modern theater.
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Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950

A Critical Anthology

Author: Robert Knopf,Julia Listengarten

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300206739

Category: Drama

Page: 512

View: 9104

An essential volume for theater artists and students alike, this anthology includes the full texts of sixteen important examples of avant-garde drama from the most daring and influential artistic movements of the first half of the twentieth century, including Symbolism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism. Each play is accompanied by a bio-critical introduction by the editor, and a critical essay, frequently written by the playwright, which elaborates on the play’s dramatic and aesthetic concerns. A new introduction by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten contextualizes the plays in light of recent critical developments in avant-garde studies. By examining the groundbreaking theatrical experiments of Jarry, Maeterlinck, Strindberg, Artaud, and others, the book foregrounds the avant-garde’s enduring influence on the development of modern theater.
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Theater of the Avant-garde, 1890-1950

A Critical Anthology

Author: Bert Cardullo,Robert Knopf

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300085266

Category: Drama

Page: 523

View: 1335

This critical anthology of avant-garde drama offers comprehensive coverage of that distinctively twentieth-century tradition. It includes the full texts of sixteen important plays, each preceded by a historical-critical introduction and followed by an essay, often written by the playwright, that elaborates on the dramatic and aesthetic issues raised by the play. Cardullo and Knopf, in making plays and documents of the avant-garde available in one collection for the first time, underscore the place and importance of the movement. In a provocative general introduction to the book, Bert Cardullo traces the history of the avant-garde tradition and argues for a revisionist history of modern drama that would acknowledge the innovative contributions of the avant-garde. The anthology, which presents examples of French and Russian Symbolism, Italian Futurism, German Expressionism, and Dada-Surrealism, as well as work by such seminal figures as Jarry, Strindberg, Artaud, and Kandinsky, illuminates the astonishing daring of these writers from many Western countries and diverse theatrical movements.
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Playing Underground

A Critical History of the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway Movement

Author: Stephen J. Bottoms

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472022210

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 6915

"Scrupulously researched, critically acute, and written with care, Playing Underground will become a classic account of an era of hard-won free expression." -William Coco "At last---a book documenting the beginnings of Off-Off Broadway theater. Playing Underground is an insightful, illuminating, and honest appraisal of this important period in American theater." -Rosalyn Drexler, author of Art Does (Not!) Exist and Occupational Hazard "An epic movie of an epic movement, Playing Underground is a book the world has waited for without knowing it. How precisely it captures the evolution of our revolution! I am amazed by the book's scope and scale, and I bless its author especially for giving two greats, Paul Foster and H. M. Koutoukas, their proper, polar places, and for memorializing such unjustly forgotten masterpieces as Irene Fornes's Molly's Dream and Jeff Weiss's A Funny Walk Home. Stephen Bottoms's vivid evocation of the grand adventure of Off-Off Broadway has woken and broken my heart. It is difficult to believe that he was not there alongside me to breathe the caffeine-nicotine-alkaloid-steeped air." -Robert Patrick, author of Kennedy's Children and Temple Slave Few books address the legendary age of 1960s off-off Broadway theater. Fortunately, Stephen Bottoms fills that gap with Playing Underground---the first comprehensive history of the roots of off-off Broadway. This is a theater whose legacy is still felt today: it was the launching pad for many leading contemporary theater artists, including Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, and others, and it was a pivotal influence on improv comedy and shows like Saturday Night Live. Off-off Broadway groups such as the Living Theatre, La Mama, and Caffe Cino captured the spirit of nontraditional theater with their edgy, unscripted, boundary-crossing subjects. Yet, as Bottoms discovers, there is no one set of truths about off-off Broadway to uncover; the entire scene was always more a matter of competing perceptions than a singular, concrete reality. No other author has managed to illuminate this shifting tableau as Bottoms does. Through interviews with dozens of the era's leading playwrights, performers, directors, and critics, he unearths a countercultural theater movement that was both influential and transforming-yet ephemeral and quintessentially of its moment. Playing Underground will be a definitive work on the subject, offering a complete picture of an important but little-studied period in American theater.
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Theatre, Performance, and the Historical Avant-garde

Author: Günter Berghaus

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230617520

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 8077

This comprehensive study traces the origins of European modernism in nineteenth-century Paris, then branches out to examine four major movements of the theatrical avant-garde that sprung from this epicenter in the early twentieth-century: Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, and Constructivism.
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The Good Soul of Szechuan

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472538269

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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A programme text edition of Brecht's famous parable, this new translation by David Harrower was published to accompany the production at the Young Vic, London, in May 2008 and is based on a previously unpublished version of Brecht's play. Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a good-hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin Shui Ta arrives to protect her. Who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty? ‘Brecht is the key figure of our time and all theatre today starts from or returns to his achievement.' Peter Brook
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What is Dramaturgy?

Author: Bert Cardullo

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820421773

Category: Drama

Page: 258

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"What Is Dramaturgy?" attempts to document, by way of articles, statements, and bibliographies, the dramaturg's profession, which began with Lessing in Germany in the second half of the eighteenth century and was instituted in the United States two hundred years later during the rise of the regional theatre movement. As critics-in-residence (also known as literary managers), dramaturgs perform a variety of tasks: broadly speaking, they select and prepare playtexts for performance, advise directors, and educate the audience; they are translators, theatre historians, public lecturers, even -artistic consciences.- Dramaturgy literally means -the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition considered collectively-, and in a sense the dramaturg is the dramatist's representative or advocate in the theatre. That is, he is the guardian of the text - new as well as old - and therefore a person whose work is necessary for the revival of dramatic art in our time. "What Is Dramaturgy?" is dedicated in the end not only to promoting the dramaturg's function, but also to anticipating his creation of an intellectually illumined American theatre."
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Transgressing the Modern

Explorations in the Western Experience of Otherness

Author: John Jervis

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631211105

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 2731

This book provides the most concise, accessible account yet available of modern Western cultural and social explorations of 'other' forms or aspects of life that are devalued or coded as unacceptable, even unthinkable, in the modern ethos.
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Antigone Adapted

Sophocles' Antigone in Classic Drama and Modern Adaptation, Translation and Transformation

Author: Robert Cardullo

Publisher: Academica PressLlc

ISBN: 9781936320158

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 270

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This anthology focuses on a literary figure—Sophocles' Antigone—who seems to have taken on a life independent of the play in which she was first featured: Antigone (441 B.C.) She has since appeared in numerous other plays, operas and films—even in comic books and songs—especially in the twentieth century: in the drama alone, we see her in works from Brecht and Hasenclever to Cocteau and Anouilh to Fugard and Heaney. Indeed, few narratives have been adapted for the stage as often as the legend of Antigone; each generation reinvents the myth to fit its own circumstances. In each reappearance, she bears the marks of the time that (re)produced her, and these manifestations of her character mutually modify each other. That is, while the character brings a known body of information to the new artistic situation, its place in that new context may well alter our understanding of the earlier appearances of Antigone as well. All the variations on the Antigone theme attest, each in its own way, to the immense vitality that has continued to inhabit this complex dramatic character over the centuries. At the center of Sophocles' original play is a struggle to reconcile personal beliefs with the needs or dictates of society. At no time is such a struggle more relevant than in periods of war, so it is not surprising that new adaptations of Antigone cluster around periods of armed conflict, whether between nations or within a single nation itself: for example, Argentina in the seven-year grip of its “Dirty War” on its own people in Griselda Gambaro's Antigonia Furiosa (1986), and the Republic of Congo as it is torn by AIDS, political corruption, internecine hostility, and military oppression in Sylvain Bemba's Black Wedding Candles for Blessed Antigone (1988). In Antigone Adapted, the nations or territories in question are ones not typically featured in Western anthologies of drama: Puerto Rico, in the troubled possession of the United States, in Luis Rafael Sánchez's The Passion of Antígona Perez (1968); and Slovenia, under the iron yoke of both Tito and the Soviet Union, in Dominik Smole's Antigona (1959).These translations---of Smole's play and Sanchez's---have never before appeared in English in the West,and the Sophocles translation is also a new one; This book makes these plays available for the first time. Though these twentieth-century adaptations of Antigone differ widely in style and theme, they all have their ultimate source in Sophocles' play. The text of the original is thus like a prism: turn it this way or that, and different colors shine through in each instance. The ancient war between Argo and Thebes has developed an archetypal quality in this age of international conflict—an age in which our everyday lives are frequently disrupted by events on the global political stage as well as the local domestic one.TABLE OF CONTENTS I.Introduction: “The Portable Antigone.” II.Luis Rafael Sánchez: Life and Work.III.The Passion of Antígona Pérez (1968), by Luis Rafael Sánchez.IV.Dominik Smole: Life and Work.V.Antigona (1959), by Dominik Smole.VI.Antigone (441 B.C.), by Sophocles.VII.Bibliography: English-Language Translations of Sophocles' Antigone.VIII.Production History of Sophocles' Antigone and Its Adaptations.IX.Bibliography: Adaptation and Greek Tragedy.
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Modern Drama: Plays of the '80s and '90s

Top Girls; Hysteria; Blasted; Shopping & F***ing; The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Author: Caryl Churchill,Terry Johnson,Sarah Kane,Mark Ravenhill,Martin McDonagh

Publisher: Methuen Drama


Category: Drama

Page: 425

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An anthology bringing together some of the most importnat and controvesial plays from the last twenty years.
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Modern Catalan Plays

The Quarrelsome Party; The Audition; Desire; Fourplay

Author: John London

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474278973

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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Four plays from the rich theatrical world of Catalan drama. Since the early 1990s, Catalonia has proven to the world that its rich heritage and artistic tradition are worthy of focus and study. The plays in the volume reflect the post-Franco era during which Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia have become the focal point for new dramatic expression. Joan Brossa (1919-1998) was the spiritual father of this new wave of artistic revolution in writing. His play The Quarrelsome Party is a dark family drama as surreal as any bad dream. The Audition by Rodolf Sirera has its roots in the author's anti-Franco stance. This in-the-theatre drama has the mystery cat-and-mouse playfulness of Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth. Benet i Jornet's play Desire is a Beckettian mystery play about four unnamed characters. Sergi Belbel represents the new generation of Catalan playwrights and his plays have had wide appeal abroad. In Fourplay he experiments with the idea of a sex farce and the play's 38 scenes lead to wild conclusions.
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New Light Shine

Author: Shannon Murdoch,John Guare

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300184859

Category: Drama

Page: 73

View: 6356

Announcing the 2011 winner in the Yale Drama Series
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World Directors in Dialogue

Conversations on Cinema

Author: Bert Cardullo

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810877791

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

View: 7338

This book features interviews with 13 major international directors: Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Luchino Visconti, Abbas Kiarostami, Ermanno Olmi, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Zhang Yimou, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Jacques Tati, Eric Rohmer, and Fran_ois Truffaut.
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The Longman Anthology of World Literature

Author: David Damrosch,David Lawrence Pike

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780205625949

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1056

View: 3618

The Longman Anthology is designed to open up the horizons of world literature, placing major works within their cultural contexts and fostering connections and conversations between eras as well as regions.
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Akira Kurosawa


Author: Akira Kurosawa,Bert Cardullo

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578069972

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 194

View: 4482

This work includes the collected interviews with the first Japanese film director to become widely known in the West when his film "Rashomon" won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1951.
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Why Acting Matters

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300195788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 4276

Examines the allure of acting for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself.
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Modern Theories of Drama

A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre 1850-1990

Author: George W. Brandt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198711409

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

View: 1126

Modern Theories of Drama provides a crucial resource for students of drama and theatre studies, illustrating how much the idea of drama has altered in the last 150 years.
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A Play in One Act

Author: Eugene O'Neill

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300181310

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 1916

Shortly after the debut of Exorcism in 1920, Eugene O'Neill suddenly canceled production and ordered all extant copies of the drama destroyed. For over ninety years, it was believed that the play was irrevocably lost, until it was recently discovered that O'Neill's second wife had in fact retained a copy, which she later gave to the prolific screenwriter and producer Philip Yordan. In early 2011, Yordan's widow discovered the typescript of Exorcism—complete with edits in O'Neill's own hand—in her late husband's vast trove of papers. The discovery and publication of Exorcism, a relatively early play in the O'Neill corpus, furthers our knowledge of O'Neill's dramatic development and reveals a pivotal point in the career of this great American playwright. Revolving around a suicide attempt, Exorcism draws on a dark incident in O'Neill's own life. This defining event led to his first serious efforts to write. Exorcism displays early examples of O'Neill's unparalleled skills of capturing deeply personal human drama, and it explores major themes—mourning and melancholia, addiction and sobriety, tensions between fathers and sons—that would permeate his later work. According to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library curator Louise Bernard, who acquired the play from a New York bookseller, “Exorcism might be read as a preparatory sketch that resonates powerfully with Long Day's Journey into Night, one that brings the O'Neill family drama full circle in ways at once intimate and grandly conceived.”
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Theater Design

Author: George C. Izenour,Vern Oliver Knudsen,Robert Bradford Newman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300067755

Category: Architecture

Page: 639

View: 7864

This text is a comprehensive reference to all aspects of theatre planning and construction and a history of theatre design from ancient times to the present. Drawing on examples from Greek and Roman models to Renaissance and baroque theatres to contemporary buildings around the world, it discusses such requirements as structural systems, seating, acoustics and visual volume in detail, considering the optimum conditions for both musical and dramatic performance. This edition includes, as an appendix, a new set of drawings, in addition to the original 900 illustrations.
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Theater and Film

A Comparative Anthology

Author: Robert Knopf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300103366

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

View: 6890

This is the first book in more than twenty-five years to examine the complex historical, cultural, and aesthetic relationship between theater and film, and the effect that each has had on the other’s development. Robert Knopf here assembles essays from performers, directors, writers, and critics that illuminate this ongoing inquiry. The book is divided into five parts—historical influence, comparisons and contrasts, writing, directing, and acting—with interludes by major artists whose work and words have shaped the development of theater and film. A comprehensive bibliography and filmography support further work in this area. The book contains contributions from Susan Sontag, Stanley Kauffmann, Sarah Bey-Cheng, Bertolt Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Julia Taymor, Judi Dench, Sam Waterston, Orson Welles, Antonin Artaud, and Milos Forman, among others.
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