No dramatist in the recent history of the American theatre has gained more celebrity than Sam Shepard. Exploring a career that includes fifty stage and screen plays, four books of nondramatic writings, and over a dozen appearances in feature films, this work traces Shepard's rise from an Off-Off-Broadway renegade to a Hollywood leading man, and explores his evolution from counterculture to cultural icon. The study situates Shepard's career within the shifting production modes and economic contexts of the American entertainment industry, and views his popularity against the identity politics of postwar American culture. Through an analysis of his life, plays and screen roles, this book investigates how Shepard's dramatic voice and film persona address issues of American consensus and community. The study argues that Shepard's popularity-in an era of cultural diversification and dissent-owes much to nationalism and nostalgia and begs important questions concerning American myths, media representations, and the construction of an American audience.
Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition) is the first account to provide a comprehensive overview of non-text-based theatre, from experimental dance to traditional mime. This book synthesises the history, theory and practice of physical theatre for students and performers, in what is both a core area of study and a dynamic and innovative aspect of theatrical practice.
Insisting that there are many physical theatres and arguing for the essential physicality of all theatrical forms, this book not only examines the acknowledged luminaries of physical theatre, but forges a new lens through which the physical and visual practices of the twentieth century's most exciting dramatists and theatre makers can be viewed.
This comprehensive book:
traces the roots of physical performance in classical and popular theatrical traditions
looks at the Dance Theatre of DV8, Pina Bausch, Liz Aggiss and JerÃ´me Bel
examines the contemporary practice of companies and artists such as TheÃ¢tre du
Soleil, Complicite, Goat Island, Dario Fo, Wrights and Sites, Punchdrunk and Mike Pearson
focuses on principles and practices in actor training, with reference to figures such as Jacques Lecoq, Lev Dodin, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Etienne Decroux, Anne Bogart, Jerzy Grotowski and Joan Littlewood.
This book can be used as a stand-alone text, or together with its companion volume,Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, to provide an invaluable introduction to the physical in theatre and performance.
Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820.
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