A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
Paperback ISBN: 081297851x
NATIONAL BESTSELLER America was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage. Weaving in the compelling saga of the Minskys—four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape—Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.
A Life in the Theater
Paperback ISBN: 1931404143
"With more than 20 years at the helm of a cultural legacy, Perloff's personal and professional journey, her life as a woman, a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made, and its role in our future"--
Chaos, According to Plan
Paperback ISBN: 0521282454
This is the first full-length study in any language of Bertolt Brecht's day-to-day work as a theatre director. Professor Fuegi has researched his subject extensively over many years, and this book is the result of interviews with Brecht's closest associates (including Helene Weigel, Angelika Hurwicz, Elisabeth Hauptmann and Hans Bunge), inspection of the unpublished typescripts recording several years of Brecht rehearsals at the Berlin Ensemble, and consultation of archival materials in Moscow, Berlin and Harvard University. Although Brecht is acknowledged worldwide as having changed our whole conception of playwriting, acting and directing, virtually nothing has been previously published which tells how he worked and reacted with actors, and how his productions were actually put together in rehearsal. John Fuegi now tells the story, evoking the excitement and controversy which surrounded Brecht's work on the stage. He examines the way Brecht applied his manic but brilliant character, in both personal and professional life (though these cannot easily be separated), in order to create the tension and confusion, contradiction and chaos, from which his best productions emerged. He shows how the plays must be seen in the light of their evolution on the stage through innumerable arduous rehearsals, themselves conditioned by the intense magnetism, spontaneity and unpredictability of Brecht's personality. Most importantly, the book charts the evolution of Brecht's own dramatic theory from his early rejection of Stanislavskian realism and his demands for emotional coolness from the spectator to his later acceptance of the power of theatre to involve, even to move, the audience. The book goes behind the scenes to look at the playwright's negotiation of contracts for his productions, commercial agreements which were often highly beneficial to himself but markedly less so to his collaborators such as Kurt Weill, Ruth Berlau and Elisabeth Hauptmann, and it talks frankly of Brecht's use of the 'casting couch', bestowing and withholding favours with the same volatility that characterized his remarkable love-life. The story is accompanied by illustrations, many of which have not been published before. It provides a much-needed antidote to some of the more sterile accounts of Brechtian theory, concentrating very much on the 'practice' but remaining at the same time vividly aware of the social and political context in which and about which Brecht was writing. The book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre and of dramatic and comparative literature, and it is presented in a lively style that should also appeal to the general reader.
The Blue Touch Paper
Hardcover ISBN: 0393249182
An intimate portrait of one of Britain's best-known screenwriters and dramatists presents a vibrant and affecting account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England, taking readers through his university days at Cambridge all the way up to his breakthrough success as a playwright. Illustrations.
By Women Possessed
A Life of Eugene O'neill
Hardcover ISBN: 0399159118
Sheds new light on the troubled life of the dramatist, following him though his successes, his failures, the twelve-year period during which nothing he wrote was produced, and his contentious relationship with his third wife.
Conversations With Anne
Paperback ISBN: 1559363754
Following The Events Of 9/11, theater director Anne Bogart noticed that people were "gravitating with gusto toward one another to converse, to consider, to listen and to discuss substantive issues." She began an initiative at her SITI Company studio in New York, inviting artists and cultural thinkers whom she admired to a series of public conversations before a live audience. These conver-sations took place over a ten-year period, becoming highly anticipated events with very limited seating. Now for the first time these extraordinary conversations are available to share with a wider audience The individuals included have had a profound effect on the arts and artistry over the past twenty-five years: JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Ben Cameron, Martha Clarke, Oskar Eustis, Zelda Fichandler, Richard Foreman, Andre Gregory, Bill T. Jones, Tina Landau, Elizabeth LeCompte, Eduardo Machado, Charles L. Mee, Jr., Joseph V. Melillo, Meredith Monk, Mary Overlie, Peter Sellars, SITI Company, Molly Smith, Elizabeth Streb, Julie Taymor, Paula Vogel, Robert Woodruff and Mary Zimmerman A seven-time Obie winner, Siti Company is based in New York City with a summer institute in Saratoga Springs. The company is recognized throughout the world as one of theater's most important artistic collectives, creating ground-breaking work while training artists from all over the world. SITI has visited twenty-one countries on five continents and created more than thirty new pro-ductions, including such iconic pieces as The Medium (1994), War of the Worlds--- The Radio Play (1999), bobrauschenbergamerica (2001), Score (2002), Death and the Ploughman (2004), Hotel Cassiopeia (2006) Radio Macbeth (2007), American Document (2010, a collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company) and, most recently, Trojan Women (2011)