The Director & The Stage: From Naturalism to Grotowski

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A&C Black, Mar 10, 2014 - Performing Arts - 224 pages

Beginning with the triple impulses of Naturalism, symbolism and the grotesque, the bulk of the book concentrates on the most famous directors of this century - Stanislavski, Reinhardt, Graig, Meyerhold, Piscator, Brecht, Artuaud and Grotowski. Braun's guide is more practical than theoretical, delineating how each director changed the tradition that came before him.

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
6
Introduction
7
1 The Meiningen Theatre
11
2 Antoine and the Théâtre Libre
22
3 The Symbolist Theatre
37
4 Alfred Jarry
51
5 Stanislavsky and Chekhov
59
6 Edward Gordon Craig
77
Theatre as Propaganda
130
10 Piscator in Berlin
145
11 Brechts Formative Years
162
12 Artauds Theatre of Cruelty
180
13 Grotowskis Laboratory Theatre
191
Afterword
201
Notes
203
Index
215

7 Max Reinhardt in Germany and Austria
95
The First Five Years
109

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About the author (2014)

Edward Braun is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Bristol. He edited the pioneering English-language selection from Meyerhold's writings, Meyerhold on Theatre, in 1969, and in 1979 published his major critical assessment, The Theatre of Meyerhold. His The Director & the Stage was first published in 1982.

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