Towards a Poor Theatre

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Routledge, 1968 - Drama - 262 pages
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"In 1968, Jerzy Grotowski published his groundbreaking Towards a Poor Theatre, a record of the theatrical investigations conducted at his experimental theater in Poland. This classic work on acting and performance is now available once again. In his preface to the original edition, Peter Brook wrote: "Grotowski is unique. Why? Because no one else in the world, to my knowledge no one since Stanislavski, has investigated the nature of acting, its phenomenon, its meaning, the nature and science of its mental-physical-emotional processes as deeply as Grotowski." More recently, Richard Schechner has called Grotowski "one of the four great directors of Western theater." Jerzy Grotowski was born in Poland in 1933. In 1982 he moved to the United States and worked at the University of California. He later moved to Italy, where he continued his unique and intense theatrical investigation. He died in 1999"--Publisher description.

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User Review  - Kari Barclay - Goodreads

This book changed the way I think about theatre. In language ranging from the poetic to the scientific, Grotowski describes the artist's role in society and the importance of the actor-audience connection. Read full review

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User Review  - Abraham - Goodreads

Really gets down to thinking about theater and acting in holistic (why is that not spelled with a 'w'?) way. Its critiques of theater, and the piecemeal opulence of the modern, egocentric, and overdone theater hit the mark entirely. Anybody involved in theater should read this. Read full review


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