Circle in the Square Theatre

Based on years of research as well as interviews conducted with Circle in the Square's major contributing artists, this book records the entire history of this distinguished theatre from its nightclub origins to its current status as a Tony ...

Author: Sheila Hickey Garvey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476670584

Category: Performing Arts

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Based on years of research as well as interviews conducted with Circle in the Square's major contributing artists, this book records the entire history of this distinguished theatre from its nightclub origins to its current status as a Tony Award-winning Broadway institution. Over the course of seven decades, Circle in the Square theatre profoundly changed ideas of what American theatre could be. Founded by Theodore Mann and Jose Quintero in an abandoned Off-Broadway nightclub just after WWII, it was a catalyst for the Off-Broadway movement. The building had a unique arena-shaped performance space that became Circle in the Square theatre, New York's first Off-Broadway arena stage and currently Broadway's only arena stage. The theatre was precedent-setting in many other regards, including operating as a non-profit, contracting with trade unions, establishing a school, and serving as a home for blacklisted artists. It sparked a resurgence of interest in playwright Eugene O'Neill's canon, and was famous for landmark revivals and American premieres of his plays. The theatre also fostered the careers of such luminaries as Geraldine Page, Colleen Dewhurst, George C. Scott, Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Cecily Tyson, Dustin Hoffman, Irene Papas, Alan Arkin, Philip Bosco, Al Pacino, Amy Irving, Pamela Payton-Wright, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Christie, John Malkovich, Lynn Redgrave, and Annette Bening.
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Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE. Founded in 1950 under the direction of José Quintero in association with Theodore Mann (who remains artistic director), the Circle in ...

Author: James Fisher

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538123027

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1240

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Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary American Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1.000 cross-referenced entries on plays, playwrights, directors, designers, actors, critics, producers, theaters, and terminology.
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International Dictionary of Theatre Actors directors and designers

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: St James Press

ISBN: 1558620974

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 829

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This volume includes actors, directors and designers and contains 300 entries, each of which includes biographical information on the individual, a complete list of roles and/or theatre productions, and a bibliography critical books and articles about the entrant.
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Entertainment Industry

The building is also home to the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Circle in the Square Theatre 235 West 50th St. New York, NY 10019 Website: ...

Author: Michael John Haupert

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598845945

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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This book serves as a one-stop source for comprehensive information on the entertainment industry, providing a historical overview of the economics of the field, a series of short biographies of the impact makers, and an extensive annotated bibliography of more sources for in-depth research.
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Jason Robards Remembered

Paul Libin was the Producing Director of the Circle in the Square Theatre from ¡963 ... Since ¡990 he has been the Producing Director at Jujamcyn Theaters.

Author: Eugene O’Neill Society

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786413560

Category: Performing Arts

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Jason Robards won consecutive Oscars as best supporting actor for the films All the President's Men (1977) and Julia (1978) but he is particularly remembered for having created central roles in the later plays of Eugene O'Neill. This tribute honors Robards in two parts. Part One presents recent interviews of the late actor as well as articles by Arthur and Barbara Gelb which appeared in the New York Times on the occasions of the American premier of Long Day's Journey into Night (1956) and of the successful production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, with Colleen Dewhurst (1974). Sheila Hickey Garvey writes of the 1956 production of Iceman and gives a brief history of Robards' work with the Circle in the Square Theatre, the theatre that began the Off Broadway theatrical movement of the 1950s. Stephen A. Black, Michael Manheim and Edward Shaughnessy write of seeing Robards perform in O'Neill plays. The O'Neill bibliographers Madeline Smith and Richard Eaton analyze the effect Robards' performances have had on subsequent performances and on scholarship about O'Neill's later plays. Zander Brietzke writes about the problem of performing O'Neill in the post-Robards era. Part Two contains more personal recollections of Jason Robards. Several of Robards' theatrical colleagues (Arvin Brown, Zoe Caldwell, Douglas Campbell, Blythe Danner, George Grizzard, the playwright A.R. Gurney, Shirley Knight, Paul Libin, Theodore Mann, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Spacey and Eli Wallach) recall their times with the actor. Wendy Cooper, president of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, writes of Robards' help to save O'Neill's Bay Area home, Tao House. Lois McDonald and Sally Thomas Pavetti write of Robards' visits to Monte Cristo Cottage, O'Neill's boyhood home in New London, Connecticut. George Beecroft, Richard Allan Davison, and Daniel Larner recall seeing some memorable Robards performances and Margaret and Ralph Ranald recall two meetings with Robards. Also included are particularly fine obituary and memorial notices by Kevin Spacey, Joe Morgenstern, and Charles Saydah, and a tribute by Jason Robards' colleagues at The Roundabout Theatre.
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The Encyclopedia of New York City

Circle in the Square. Theater company formed by the producer and director Theodore Mann and the director José Quintero in 1951. It was the first nonprofit ...

Author: Kenneth T. Jackson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300182576

Category: Reference

Page: 1584

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Covering an exhaustive range of information about the five boroughs, the first edition of The Encyclopedia of New York City was a success by every measure, earning worldwide acclaim and several awards for reference excellence, and selling out its first printing before it was officially published. But much has changed since the volume first appeared in 1995: the World Trade Center no longer dominates the skyline, a billionaire businessman has become an unlikely three-term mayor, and urban regeneration—Chelsea Piers, the High Line, DUMBO, Williamsburg, the South Bronx, the Lower East Side—has become commonplace. To reflect such innovation and change, this definitive, one-volume resource on the city has been completely revised and expanded. The revised edition includes 800 new entries that help complete the story of New York: from Air Train to E-ZPass, from September 11 to public order. The new material includes broader coverage of subject areas previously underserved as well as new maps and illustrations. Virtually all existing entries—spanning architecture, politics, business, sports, the arts, and more—have been updated to reflect the impact of the past two decades. The more than 5,000 alphabetical entries and 700 illustrations of the second edition of The Encyclopedia of New York City convey the richness and diversity of its subject in great breadth and detail, and will continue to serve as an indispensable tool for everyone who has even a passing interest in the American metropolis.
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How the English Language Controls the World

Note, the sum of the word 'square' is 9, and the symbol of 9 is a circle. ... factoid: There is a famous playhouse called the “circle in the square theatre.

Author: Jack Tafoya

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781481765459

Category: Education

Page: 400

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"CAN ONE BOOK CHANGE THE WORLD? The answer is a resounding 'Yes!' In his first book, Jack Tafoya unveiled How NUMBERS CONTROL OUR LIVES. This book goes a step further to challenge the two all-time best sellers in a way never seen before. Jack explains the covert connection between the bible - The Word of God, and the dictionary - God of The Words. And more importantly, how the English Language controls our civilization. This book explains how the English Language is the source of power behind religion, education, and the government, the ultimate tool of social control that hidden and powerful interests use to enslave us. It shows how the dictionary defines the way thoughts and concepts are formed using English as the language medium. It also reveals how the bible defines behaviorism, religious beliefs, and social mores, while serving as a foundation for government in the U.S., Canada, and Britain. This one-of-a-kind book offers you a very clever and provocative look at how the English Language is used to manipulate people's thoughts and how America has become the pawn to control the worlds masses. It lays out clearly how language shapes human thought (via the media) and how large bodies of human thought energy can shape events. It takes the reader deep into the mystery surrounding the origins of the English Language, the most ingenious and diabolical mind control tool ever devised by man. How could anything be more powerful, dictatorial, and persuasive than this? This book has the answers, painstakingly brought forth by its author over many years of deep research. It explores how separate languages were selectively merged together to form a powerful, covert tool. This synthesis became the 'vicarious', 'confusing', Universal English Language that controls us all.
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Blue Collar Broadway

The Craft and Industry of American Theater Timothy R. White ... Brooks Atkinson visited Greenwich Village's Circle in the Square Theatre for its production ...

Author: Timothy R. White

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812246629

Category: History

Page: 288

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Behind the scenes of New York City's Great White Way, virtuosos of stagecraft have built the scenery, costumes, lights, and other components of theatrical productions for more than a hundred years. But like a good magician who refuses to reveal secrets, they have left few clues about their work. Blue-Collar Broadway recovers the history of those people and the neighborhood in which their undersung labor occurred. Timothy R. White begins his history of the theater industry with the dispersed pre-Broadway era, when components such as costumes, lights, and scenery were built and stored nationwide. Subsequently, the majority of backstage operations and storage were consolidated in New York City during what is now known as the golden age of musical theater. Toward the latter half of the twentieth century, decentralization and deindustrialization brought the emergence of nationally distributed regional theaters and performing arts centers. The resulting collapse of New York's theater craft economy rocked the theater district, leaving abandoned buildings and criminal activity in place of studios and workshops. But new technologies ushered in a new age of tourism and business for the area. The Broadway we know today is a global destination and a glittering showroom for vetted products. Featuring case studies of iconic productions such as Oklahoma! (1943) and Evita (1979), and an exploration of the craftwork of radio, television, and film production around Times Square, Blue-Collar Broadway tells a rich story of the history of craft and industry in American theater nationwide. In addition, White examines the role of theater in urban deindustrialization and in the revival of downtowns throughout the Sunbelt.
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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Theaters ( Continued ) -New York ( State ) NT Al Hirschfeld Theater ( New York ... West ) Chatham Theatre ( New York , N.Y. ) Circle in the Square Theatre ...

Author: Library of Congress


ISBN: WISC:89110490869

Category: Subject headings, Library of Congress


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As the Punch and Judy, the 299-seat theater housed few hits. In 1921 it hosted March Hares, ... CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE. 1633 Broadway on 50th Street.

Author: Ken Bloom

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135950200

Category: Music

Page: 656

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This volume is another example in the Routledge tradition of producing high-quality reference works on theater, music, and the arts. An A to Z encyclopedia of Broadway, this volume includes tons of information, including producers, writer, composers, lyricists, set designers, theaters, performers, and landmarks in its sweep.
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Journeys in the Night

Theodore Mann, who has been a major driving force behind the Circle in the Square since its inception, tells the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this groundbreaking theatre, its legendary productions and stars which include Al Pacino ...

Author: Theodore Mann

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books

ISBN: 1423481550

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 419

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(Applause Books). Theodore Mann, who has been a major driving force behind the Circle in the Square since its inception, tells the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this groundbreaking theatre, its legendary productions and stars which include Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, and many more. A co-founder with Jose Quintero of Circle in the Square in 1951, Mann follows the theatre from its Greenwich Village beginnings to its current home on Broadway. He discusses the 1952 revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (starring Geraldine Page) considered the birth of Off-Broadway and Circle's role in bringing about a re-recognition of Eugene O'Neill, starting with its 1956 landmark revival of The Iceman Cometh and the American premiere of Long Day's Journey into Night . And he looks at its other important productions that include works by Jules Feiffer, Horton Foote, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, Athol Fugard, and Terrence McNally as well as classic American and European plays, from those by Shaw and Moliere to Greek classics such as Euripides' The Trojan Women . In Journeys , Theodore Mann tells of his and Circle's journey together, providing an important, first-hand, personal account of Circle in the Square's history, impact, and legacy in American theatre.
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Theatre Profiles

Circle in the Square Theatre . Anthony Heald , Caitlin Clarke , Christopher Reeve , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Dana Ivey The Marriage of Figaro .



ISBN: UOM:39015035303737

Category: Theaters


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Grayson Hall A Hard Act to Follow

... history of the German theatre and provoked anti-Semitic riots in Berlin. ... at the Circle in the Square Theatre, was the first major U.S. production.

Author: R J Jamison

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595848324

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Grayson Hall was a widely acclaimed New York Theatre actress, 1964 Academy Award nominee, and co-star of the 1960s?70s Gothic television serial, Dark Shadows. Here for the first time is a survey of her life and career which takes place in the world of New York writers and artists beginning in the early 1950s; a world that revolved around serious intellectual discourse, cocktails, cigarettes and theatre! Grayson's own story is that of a hugely talented woman, admired by writers, producers, fellow actors, but who did not get the one role that would propel her into the stratosphere. Nevertheless, with the roles she did inhabit, she became an iconic figure. This book reaches back to Grayson's earliest stage appearances in 1942 as a teenager on Long Island; her extensive stage work in regional theatre and in New York City; her television and film appearances including three early New York art house films, the avant-garde French film Qui êtes-vous, You Polly Maggoo? and her Oscar nominated turn in The Night of the Iguana. And for Dark Shadows followers, this book answers some lingering questions: who got hired on Shadows first, Grayson or her husband Sam? Was it always happiness and light on the Dark Shadows set? And did she really do much aside from Shadows or Iguana?
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The Theatre of Tennessee Williams

... in which he had been brought up and the professional theatrical circle, ... at the Circle in the Square Theatre, and the British director Peter Brook.

Author: Brenda Murphy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408145326

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Perfect for students of English Literature, Theatre Studies and American Studies at college and university, The Theatre of Tennessee Williams provides a lucid and stimulating analysis of Willams' dramatic work by one of America's leading scholars. With the centennial of his birth celebrated amid a flurry of conferences devoted to his work in 2011, and his plays a central part of any literature and drama curriculum and uibiquitous in theatre repertoires, he remains a giant of twentieth century literature and drama. In Brenda Murphy's major study of his work she examines his life and career and provides an analysis of more than a score of his key plays, including in-depth studies of major works such as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and others. She traces the artist figure who features in many of Williams' plays to broaden the discussion beyond the normal reference points. As with other volumes in Methuen Drama's Critical Companions series, this book features too essays by Bruce McConachie, John S. Bak, Felicia Hardison Londré and Annette Saddik, offering perspectives on different aspects of Williams' work that will assist students in their own critical thinking.
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It Starts with Trouble

... by Michael Murray and with sets and costumes by Joe Glasco, this “ballad for the theater” opened on April 8, 1957, at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Author: Clark Davis

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292767300

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 389

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William Goyen was a writer of startling originality and deep artistic commitment whose work attracted an international audience and the praise of such luminaries as Northrop Frye, Truman Capote, Gaston Bachelard, and Joyce Carol Oates. His subject was the land and language of his native East Texas; his desire, to preserve the narrative music through which he came to know his world. Goyen sought to transform the cherished details of his lost boyhood landscape into lasting, mythic forms. Cut off from his native soil and considering himself an "orphan," Goyen brought modernist alienation and experimentation to Texas materials. The result was a body of work both sophisticated and handmade—and a voice at once inimitable and unmistakable. It Starts with Trouble is the first complete account of Goyen's life and work. It uncovers the sources of his personal and artistic development, from his early years in Trinity, Texas, through his adolescence and college experience in Houston; his Navy service during World War II; and the subsequent growth of his writing career, which saw the publication of five novels, including The House of Breath, nonfiction works such as A Book of Jesus, several short story collections and plays, and a book of poetry. It explores Goyen's relationships with such legendary figures as Frieda Lawrence, Katherine Anne Porter, Stephen Spender, Anaïs Nin, and Carson McCullers. No other twentieth-century writer attempted so intimate a connection with his readers, and no other writer of his era worked so passionately to recover the spiritual in an age of disabling irony. Goyen's life and work are a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling and the absolute necessity of narrative art.
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What is Theatre

A modern thrust-stage theatre: Marjorie Bradley Kellogg's set for George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak Home at Circle in the Square Theatre, New York.

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240802329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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This major introductory textbook is from one of the leading educators working in theatre today. What Is Theatre? will make its reader a better playgoer, responding more fully to performance, with a keener appreciation of all the resources of theatre-acting, design, direction, organization, theatre buildings, and audiences. By focusing on the best professional practice and the most helpful learning processes, Dr. Brown shows how to read a play-text and to see and hear its potential for performance. Throughout this book, suggestions are given for student essays and class discussions, to help both instructor and reader to clarify their thoughts on all aspects of theatre-going. While the main focus is on present-day theatre in North America, history is used to illuminate current practice. Theatres in Europe and Asia also feature in the discussion. A view is given of all contributors to performance, with special emphasis placed on actors and the plays they perform. This textbook is not tied to a few specific play-texts, but designed to be effective regardless of which play a student sees or reads. In Part Two, leading practitioners of different generations and cultural backgrounds describe their own work, providing a variety of perspectives on the contemporary theatre. All this is supplemented by nearly 100 black and white and color illustrations from productions, working drawings, and plans. This new text engages its readers in the realities of the theatre; it is up-to-date, comprehensive, and packed with practical advice for understanding how theatre works and how plays come alive in performance. John Russell Brown is professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has taught at a variety of colleges including New York and Stanford Universities. For 15 years he was an associate director of the National Theatre in London, and he has directed plays in many other theatres including Cincinnati Playhouse, the Empty Space in Seattle, and the Clurman Theatre in New York. Professor Brown has written extensively about theatre, especially about Shakespeare and contemporary theatre. He is editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre. Focus is on the best professional practice and the most helpful learning processes. Throughout the book, suggestions are given for students' essays and topics for class discussions. Theatre history is not summarized, but used to illuminate certain practice.
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