Accidentally on Purpose
Reflections on Life, Acting, and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity
Paperback ISBN: 1557833583
An exploration into the mysteries of creativity in life and art. Powerfully written of life, families, fathers, mothers, sons, of the price of talent and the burden of fame.
All the Lights on
Reimagining Theater With Ten Thousand Things
Paperback ISBN: 0873519833
All the Lights On is a history of the Twin Cities' theater company Ten Thousand Things, which for more than twenty years has been bringing intelligent, lively theater to nontraditional audiences--to prisons and homeless shelters, adult education centers and rural areas--as well as the general public.
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.
His Life and Work
Paperback ISBN: 0306813777
A portrait of the American playwright draws on interviews with colleagues, friends, and family to create a study of Arthur Miller, from his childhood in Depression-era New York City, through his rise to critical acclaim, to the present day.
At Work With Grotowski on Physical Actions
Paperback ISBN: 0415124921
Richards, Grotowski's collaborator since 1986, offers an insider's view of a decade of work by one of the central figures of 20th-century theater. He writes of his apprenticeship with the master director, the connections between Grotowski and Stanislavski, the Objective Drama Program, and the early days of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski in Italy. Includes a preface and a 1990 essay, From the Theater Company to Art as Vehicle , both by Grotowski. No index. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
His Plays, People and Politics
Paperback ISBN: 1840028211
Alan Shelley’s study is an accessible but profound analysis of Athol Fugard, his work and its influence, the social injustices that drive him, and the lives of those who people his remarkable plays. Fugard’s work retains an insistent influence, and is studied and performed the world over. A playwright whose work is appreciated on a global scale, Athol Fugard’s plays have done more to document and provide a cultural commentary on Apartheid-era South Africa than any other writer in the last century. Using mostly migrant workers and township dwellers, and staging guerrilla-raid productions in black areas, Fugard frequently came into conflict with the government, forcing him to take his work overseas. Consequently, powerful plays such as The Blood Knot, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and Master Harold... and the boys came to broadcast the inequities of the Apartheid-era to the world. Fugard’s work retains an insistent influence, and is studied and performed the world over.
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"--