American Avant-garde Theatre: A History
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:
*The Beat writers
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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Origins of the avantgarde
Theories and foundations
Off Broadway Happenings and the Living Theatre
The 1960s collectives and rituals
Smith Wilson and Foreman
Performance art and the origins of the Wooster Group
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