Reimagining American Theatre

In his collection of essays and reviews, Robert Brustein makes the argument that the American Theatre is enjoying a renaissance that has not been unacknowledged.

Author: Robert Brustein

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 9781466805415

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

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In his collection of essays and reviews, Robert Brustein makes the argument that the American Theatre is enjoying a renaissance that has not been unacknowledged.
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Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present.

Author: Helene P. Foley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520283879

Category: History

Page: 396

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This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies—over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources—archival, video, interviews, and reviews—Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.
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The Theatre of Revolt

In a new edition of this now-classic work, Robert Brustein argues that the roots of the modern theatre may be found in the soil of rebellion cultivated by eight outstanding playwrights: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Brecht, Pirandello, ...

Author: Robert Brustein

Publisher: Ivan R. Dee

ISBN: 9781461730040

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 452

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In a new edition of this now-classic work, Robert Brustein argues that the roots of the modern theatre may be found in the soil of rebellion cultivated by eight outstanding playwrights: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Brecht, Pirandello, O'Neill, and Genet. Focusing on each of them in turn, Mr. Brustein considers the nature of their revolt, the methods employed in their plays, their influences on the modern drama, and the playwrights themselves. "One of the standard and decisive books on the modern theater.... It shows us the men behind the works,... what they wanted to write about and the private hell within each of them which led to the enduring works we continue to treasure."—New York Times Book Review. "The best single collection of essays I know of on modern drama... remarkably fine and sensitive pieces of criticism. "—Alvin,Kernan, Yale Review.
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The American Repertory Theatre Reference Book

His work in resident theatre includes designs for the Alley Theatre ... of twelve books on theatre and culture , including Reimagining American Theatre ...

Author: Marilyn Plotkins

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313289131

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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A comprehensive reference guide to the history of the American Repertory Theater ( A.R.T.), its programming and the theater artists who shape its distinctive character.
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The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, this Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

Author: Harvey Young

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107017122

Category: Drama

Page: 291

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With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, this Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community.
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African American Dramatists

Reimagining American Theatre. New York: Wang, 1991 . . "Subsidized Separatism." New Republic 19 and 26 Aug. 1996: 39-42. Also published in American Theatre ...

Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313322333

Category: Drama

Page: 527

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Presents alphabetical entries for sixty-one playwrights who wrote from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth century, containing biographical information about the authors and critical assessments of their works.
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American Theatre

editor's note AMERICAN THEATRE Published by Theatre Communications Group Editor in ... Wellman's theatre “ becomes a spur to reimagining American culture ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015039176774

Category: Periodicals

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Arthur Miller's Global Theater (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007). Brustein, Robert, Reimagining American Theatre (New York: Hill, 1991).

Author: Christopher Innes

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408134818

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years. This authoritative guide leads you through the work of 25 major contemporary American playwrights, discussing more than 140 plays in detail. Written by a team of 25 eminent international scholars, each chapter provides: · a biographical introduction to the playwright's work; · a survey and concise analysis of the writer's most important plays; · a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and critical reception; · a bibliography of published plays and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. The abundance of work analysed enables fresh, illuminating conclusions to be drawn about the development of contemporary American playwriting.
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World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

American Federation of Arts. The Ideal Theatre: Eight Concepts. ... New Broadways: Theatre Across America 1950—1980. ... Reimagining American Theatre.

Author: Arthur Holmberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136118364

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 640

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The second volume of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre covers the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, including the United States. Entries on twenty-six countries are preceded by specialist introductions on Theatre in Post-Colonial Latin America, Theatres of North America, Puppet Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Music Theatre and Dance Theatre. The essays follow the series format, allowing for cross-referring across subjects, both within the volume and between volumes. Each country entry is written by specialists in the particular country and the volume has its own teams of regional editors, overseen by the main editorial team based at the University of York in Canada headed by Don Rubin. Each entry covers all aspects of theatre genres, practitioners, writers, critics and styles, with bibliographies, over 200 black & white photographs and a substantial index. This is a unique volume in its own right; in conjunction with the other volumes in this series it forms a reference resource of unparalleled value.
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The Director as Collaborator

A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology. Trans. by Richard Fowler. ... Barranger, Milly S. Theatre: A Way of Seeing. ... Reimagining American Theatre.

Author: Robert Knopf

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317326571

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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The Director as Collaborator teaches essential directing skills while emphasizing how directors and theater productions benefit from collaboration. Good collaboration occurs when the director shares responsibility for the artistic creation with the entire production team, including actors, designers, stage managers, and technical staff. Leadership does not preclude collaboration; in theater, these concepts can and should be complementary. Students will develop their abilities by directing short scenes and plays and by participating in group exercises. New to the second edition: updated interviews, exercises, forms, and appendices new chapter on technology including digital research, previsualization and drafting programs, and web-sharing sites new chapter on devised and ensemble-based works new chapter on immersive theater, including material and exercises on environmental staging and audience–performer interaction
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Acting in the Academy

The History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education Peter Zazzali ... “Anatomy of the Regional Theater. ... Reimagining American Theatre.

Author: Peter Zazzali

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317428367

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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There are over 150 BFA and MFA acting programs in the US today, nearly all of which claim to prepare students for theatre careers. Peter Zazzali contends that the curricula of these courses represent an ethos that is as outdated as it is limited, given today’s shrinking job market for stage actors. Acting in the Academy traces the history of actor training in universities to make the case for a move beyond standard courses in voice and speech, movement, or performance, to develop an entrepreneurial model that motivates and encourages students to create their own employment opportunities. This book answers questions such as: How has the League of Professional Theatre Training Programs shaped actor training in the US? How have training programmes and the acting profession developed in relation to one another? What impact have these developments had on American acting as an art form? Acting in the Academy calls for a reconceptualization of actor training the US, and looks to newly empower students of performance with a fresh, original perspective on their professional development.
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American Drama

Taking Center Stage : Feminism in Contemporary U.S. Drama . Metuchen , NJ : Scarecrow Press , 1991 . Brustein , Robert . Reimagining American Theatre .

Author: Stephen Watt

Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105016932688

Category: Reference

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American Drama: Colonial to Contemporary is intended for students of American Drama in English, Theatre, and American Studies courses. Its primary aim is to provide students with a broad historical sense of the transofrmations of American drama from its beginnings to the presnt, making certain that this historical sense is as diverse as possible. As the most comprehensive anthology of American drama available for classroom use, it is a hope that this anthology will foster in the reader an appreciation of the diversity and vitality of the American experience as expressed through drama.
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The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

Reimagining then the paradigms of cultural nationalism, Wilson links the ground of the American theatre with the ancestral ground of African American labor.

Author: Harvey Young

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107495791

Category: Drama

Page: 313

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This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community, including discussions of slave rebellions on the national stage, African Americans on Broadway, the Harlem Renaissance, African American women dramatists, and the 'New Negro' and 'Black Arts' movements. Leading scholars spotlight the producers, directors, playwrights and actors whose efforts helped to fashion a more accurate appearance of black life on stage, and reveal the impact of African American theatre both within the United States and further afield. Chapters also address recent theatre productions in the context of political and cultural change and ask where African American theatre is heading in the twenty-first century.
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Performing Nostalgia

A Companion to Post-War British Theatre. ... Review of Barrie Keeffe's King of England at Theatre Royal, London. Time Out. ... Reimagining American Theatre.

Author: Susan Bennett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136128684

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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In this trenchant work, Susan Bennett examines the authority of the past in modern cultural experience and the parameters for the reproduction of the plays. She addresses these issues from both the viewpoints of literary theory and theatre studies, shifting Shakespeare out of straightforward performance studies in order to address questions about his plays and to consider them in the context of current theoretical debates on historiography, post-colonialism and canonicity.
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Past Performance

Against this, Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination argues that many contemporary American theatre and performance artists are not only developing innovative strategies for staging history, but helping us ...

Author: Roger Bechtel

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838756492

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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In this age of overweening global capital and omnipresent electronic media, many critics have diagnosed Western culture as suffering from a kind of historical obliviousness, a mass inability to situate our lived experience within the temporal flow of past, present, and future that is history. Within this historically bankrupt culture, representations of history in whatever medium - cinema, television, print - most often become mere fashion, the quotation of past styles devoid of historical gravitas. Against this, Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination argues that many contemporary American theatre and performance artists are not only developing innovative strategies for staging history, but helping us reimagine our relationship with the past.
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Dramaturgy in American Theater

He is the author of eleven books on theatre and society , including Reimagining American Theatre , The Theatre of Revolt , Making Scenes , a memoir of his ...

Author: Susan Jonas

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: STANFORD:36105019267108

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 590

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This comprehensive work is truly the first textbook in the field of dramaturgy. Most of the material-much of it by leaders in all areas of the theater-was commissioned for this collection, rather than being reprinted. Its currency and importance cannot be overestimated. A review of the history of dramaturgy as a profession, together with its European antecedents, gives students a sense of historical context. Selections from respected and recognized names in theater provoke student interest and communicate the benefits of those experts' experiences.
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Theatre and National Identity

This book explores the ways that pre-existing ‘national’ works or ‘national theatre’ sites can offer a rich source of material for speaking to the contemporary moment because of the resonances or associations they offer of a ...

Author: Nadine Holdsworth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134102273

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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This book explores the ways that pre-existing ‘national’ works or ‘national theatre’ sites can offer a rich source of material for speaking to the contemporary moment because of the resonances or associations they offer of a different time, place, politics, or culture. Featuring a broad international scope, it offers a series of thought-provoking essays that explore how playwrights, directors, theatre-makers, and performance artists have re-staged or re-worked a classic national play, performance, theatrical form, or theatre space in order to engage with conceptions of and questions around the nation, nationalism, and national identity in the contemporary moment, opening up new ways of thinking about or problematizing questions around the nation and national identity. Chapters ask how productions engage with a particular moment in the national psyche in the context of internationalism and globalization, for example, as well as how productions explore the interconnectivity of nations, intercultural agendas, or cosmopolitanism. They also explore questions relating to the presence of migrants, exiles, or refugees, and the legacy of colonial histories and post-colonial subjectivities. The volume highlights how theatre and performance has the ability to contest and unsettle ideas of the nation and national identity through the use of various sites, stagings, and performance strategies, and how contemporary theatres have portrayed national agendas and characters at a time of intense cultural flux and repositioning.
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Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson

2 August Wilson's keynote address at the eleventh biennial Theatre Communications ... the 1 See Brustein's Reimagining American Theatre for his indictment of.

Author: Sandra G. Shannon

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603292603

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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The award-winning playwright August Wilson used drama as a medium to write a history of twentieth-century America through the perspectives of its black citizenry. In the plays of his Pittsburgh Cycle, including the Pulitzer Prizeâ€"winning Fences and The Piano Lesson, Wilson mixes African spirituality with the realism of the American theater and puts African American storytelling and performance practices in dialogue with canonical writers like Aristotle and Shakespeare. As they portray black Americans living through migration, industrialization, and war, Wilson’s plays explore the relation between a unified black consciousness and America’s collective identity. In part 1 of this volume, “Materials,†the editors survey sources on Wilson’s biography, teachable texts of Wilson’s plays, useful secondary readings, and compelling audiovisual and Web resources. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†look at a diverse set of issues in Wilson’s work, including the importance of blues and jazz, intertextual connections to other playwrights, race in performance, Yoruban spirituality, and the role of women in the plays.
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A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama

Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Hartigan, Karelisa. 1995. Greek Tragedy on the American ...

Author: Betine van Zyl Smit

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118347775

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama offers a series of original essays that represent a comprehensive overview of the global reception of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies from antiquity to the present day. Represents the first volume to offer a complete overview of the reception of ancient drama from antiquity to the present Covers the translation, transmission, performance, production, and adaptation of Greek tragedy from the time the plays were first created in ancient Athens through the 21st century Features overviews of the history of the reception of Greek drama in most countries of the world Includes chapters covering the reception of Greek drama in modern opera and film
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Tragedy in the Contemporary American Theatre

Patrick Healy, “Reimagining a Classic, Goo Included,” New York Times 27 Jan. ... Menagerie: An Argument for Complexity,” Essays on Modern American Drama 22.

Author: Robert J. Andreach

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761864011

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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This book examines plays by contemporary playwrights and compares them alongside the works of Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. Andreach argues that tragedy is not only present in contemporary American theatre, but issues from an expectation fundamental to American culture: the pressure on characters to create themselves.
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