American Avant-garde Theatre: A History

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 242 pages
This stunning contribution to the field of theatre history is the first in-depth look at avant-garde theatre in the United States from the early 1950s to the 1990s. American Avant-Garde Theatre offers a definition of the avant-garde, and looks at its origins and theoretical foundations by examining:
*Gertrude Stein
*John Cage
*The Beat writers
*Avant-garde cinema
*Abstract Expressionism
*Minimalism
There are fascinating discussions and illustrations of the productions of the Living Theatre, the Wooster Group, Open Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre and Performance Group. among many others. Aronson also examines why avant-garde theatre declined and virtually disappeared at the end of the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Origins of the avantgarde
1
Theories and foundations
20
Off Broadway Happenings and the Living Theatre
42
The 1960s collectives and rituals
75
Smith Wilson and Foreman
108
Performance art and the origins of the Wooster Group
144
The Wooster Group Reza Abdoh and the end of the avantgarde
181
Conclusion
205
Notes
212
Bibliography
224
Index
233
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Arnold Aronson is Professor of Theatre at Columbia University, USA.

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