The American Repertory Theatre Reference Book: The Brustein Years (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - Performing Arts - 282 pages
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Founded at Yale University by Robert Brustein, the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) became one of America's most progressive and provocative regional theatres. During the Brustein era, the A.R.T was distinctive for being one of the few regional theaters to maintain a resident company, perform in rotating repertory, and tour internationally. The A.R.T. has always focused on new interpretations of the classics, the presentation of little-known work, and the development of new American plays. This, in addition to Brustein's modernist aesthetic, has attracted some of the world's most important artists to work with the program. This book is the first to organize, analyze, and present A.R.T. information in one authoritative source.

The heart of the book is a chronology of every production done for the Loeb Stage and New Stages series during the Brustein years. Each entry includes a synopsis of the play, a list of the artistic personnel, a cast list, the opening date, commentary and critical responses to the production. Other sections include: a detailed history of the A.R.T., historical highlights, biographies of key personnel, and 75 pages of appendixes organizing data from the program's entire work force.

  

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Contents

HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE
1
CHRONOLOGICAL DATA AND COMMENTARY
17
19801981
21
19811982
27
19821983
34
19831984
41
19841985
49
19851986
56
19992000
158
20002001
165
20012002
172
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
181
BIOGRAPHIES OF SELECT ART PERSONNEL
189
REFERENCES
199
PLAYWRIGHTS
207
TRANSLATORS AND ADAPTORS
211

19861987
64
19871988
71
19881989
78
19891990
85
19901991
91
19911992
98
19921993
104
19931994
113
19941995
122
19951996
130
19961997
137
19971998
145
19981999
151
COMPOSERS
213
DIRECTORS
215
SET DESIGNERS
219
COSTUME DESIGNERS
223
LIGHTING DESIGNERS
227
SOUND DESIGNERS
229
ACTORS
231
LONGTIME PERSONNEL
259
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
265
TOURS
273
INDEX OF PRODUCTION TITLES
277
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Page 2 - It was perfectly conceivable for example, that a gifted acting student might complete three years at the School, playing leading roles and even entering the company afterward, without ever having completed the degree requirements. The degree would be important to the student, not to the School and it was up to the student to obtain it. Our emphasis would be on training and training for a well-defined purpose.7 Like its European counterparts, the Yale School of Drama provided rigorous training.

About the author (2005)

Marilyn J. Plotkins is a tenured Professor and Chair of the Theatre Department at Suffolk University. She is also the founding artistic director of the Boston Music Theatre Project.

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