Talk About Movies and Plays With the People Who Make Them
Paperback ISBN: 1565846338
Gathers interviews with Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish, Carol Channing, Arthur Miller, James Cagney, Pauline Kael, Federico Fellini, Sybil Thorndike, James Baldwin, William Saroyan, Edward Albee, and Zero Mostel
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A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood
Paperback ISBN: 1557834679
The director, screenwriter, and playwright provides a look into his world, introducing the wide array of stars he has met over the years and revealing the hardship and joy that comes with a life in show business.
The Life of the Drama
Paperback ISBN: 1557831106
"Eric Bentley's radical new look at the grammar of theatre...is a work of exceptional virtue...CENTRAL, INDISPENSABLE...The book justifies its title by being precisely about the ways in which life manifests itself in the theatre...THIS IS A BOOK TO BE READ AGAIN AND AGAIN." - Frank Kermode, The New York Review of Books
Brian Friel Plays
Dancing at Lughnasa / Fathers and Sons / Making History / Wonderful Tennessee / Molly Sweeney
Paperback ISBN: 0571197108
Plays Two: Dancing at Lughnasa Fathers and Sons Making History Wonderful Tennessee Molly Sweeney Introduced by Christopher Murray, this second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage. From the troubled family life of five sisters in 1930s Donegal that is the core of Dancing at Lughnasa (now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep) to the current-day birthday celebration that is the major external event of Wonderful Tennessee, Brian Friel demonstrates his emotional range and empathy for his characters. He evokes not simply the interior landscape of human beings trapped in their domestic situation but the wider landscape-interior and exterior-of which they are a part.
Rhodessa Jones and Theater for Incarcerated Women
Paperback ISBN: 0807849847
This ain't no Dreamgirls, Rhodessa Jones warns participants in the Medea Project, the theater program for incarcerated women that she founded and directs. Her expectations are grounded in reality, tempered, for example, by the fact that women are the fastest growing population in U.S. prisons. Still, Jones believes that by engaging incarcerated women in the process of developing and staging dramatic works based on their own stories, she can push them toward tapping into their own creativity, confronting the problems that landed them in prison, and taking control of their lives. Rena Fraden chronicles the collaborative process of transforming incarcerated women's stories into productions that incorporate Greek mythology, hip-hop music, dance, and autobiography. She captures a diverse array of voices, including those of Jones and other artists, the sheriff and prison guards, and, most vividly, the women themselves. Through compelling narrative and thoughtful commentary, Fraden investigates the Medea Project's blend of art and activism and considers its limits and possibilities for enacting social change. Rhodessa Jones is co-artistic director of the San Francisco-based performance company Cultural Odyssey and founder of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. An award-winning performer, she has taught at the Yale School of Drama and the New College of California.