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An ideal theater : founding visions for a new American art

Author: Todd London
Publisher: New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2013.
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"An Ideal Theater is a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by the noted writer and arts commentator, Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling this collection. This celebration of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Todd London
ISBN: 9781559364096 1559364092
OCLC Number: 756582415
Description: xxiii, 564 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: An introduction / by the editor --
What Is America?/What is an American theater? --
About us. By us. For us. Near us --
Amateurs or professionals? --
The genius of the individual, the genius of the group --
Theatres or institutions --
Toward a political theatre --
The artist's journey : school, studio, & stage --
Theater, theater everywhere. Tickets to a revolution / Todd London --
1. What Is America? What is an American theater? --
The Hull House Dramatic Association / Jane Addams --
The Carolina Playmakers / Frederick H. Koch --
Barter Theatre / Robert Porterfield --
The Federal Theatre Project / Hallie Flanagan --
The Wisconsin Idea Theater / Robert E. Gard --
Roadside Theater / Dudley Cocke --
Cornerstone Theater Company / Bill Rauch, Alison Corey, et al. --
2. About us. By us. For us. Near us --
The Yiddish Art Theatre / Maurice Schwartz --
KRIGWA Players / W.E.B. Du Bois --
The Negro Theatre Project, Federal Theatre Project / John Houseman --
The Free Southern Theater / Doris Derby, Gilbert Moses, John O'Neal --
El Teatro Campesino / Luis Miguel Valdez --
The Negro Ensemble Company / Douglas Turner Ward --
The National Theatre of the Deaf / Bernard Bragg --
3. Amateurs or professionals? --
The Chicago Little Theatre / Maurice Browne --
The Neighborhood Playhouse / Alice Lewisohn Crowley --
The Washington Square Players / Lawrence Langner --
The Provincetown Players / Susan Glaspell --
The Theatre Guild / Lawrence Langner --
Oregon Shakespeare Festival / Angus Bowmer --
4. The genius of the individual, the genius of the group --
The Group Theatre / Harold Clurman --
The Mercury Theatre / John Houseman --
The Second City / Bernard Sahlins --
The Ridiculous Theatrical Company / Charles Ludlam --
The Performance Group / Richard Schechner --
Steppenwolf Theatre Company / Gary Sinise --
5. Theaters or institutions? --
The Civic Repository Theatre / Eva Le Gallienne --
Theater '47 / Margo Jones --
Alley Theatre / Nina Vance --
Arena Stage / Zelda Fichandler --
Minnesota Theater Company (Guthrie Theater) / Tyrone Guthrie --
Ford Foundation Program in Humanities and the Arts / W. McNeil Lowry --
The Repository Theater of Lincoln Center / Jules Irving --
The Mark Taper Forum / Gordon Davidson --
The Theatre of the Living Arts / Andre Gregory --
6. Toward a political theater --
The Living Theatre / Judith Malina --
The Living Theatre / Julian Beck --
The Actor's Workshop / Herbert Blau --
The New York Shakespeare Festival / Joseph Papp --
The San Francisco Mime Troupe / R.G. Davis --
Bread and Puppet Theater / Peter Schumann --
7. The artist's journey : school, studio, & stage --
The Actor's Studio / Lee Strasberg --
New Dramatists / Michaela O'Harra --
Circle in the Square Theatre / Theodore Mann --
Circle in the Square Theatre / Jose Quintero --
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club / Ellen Stewart --
The Open Theater / Joseph Chaikin --
American Conservatory Theater / William Ball, et al. --
Yale Repertory Theater / Robert Brustein --
American Repertory Theater / Robert Brustein --
Coda : Theater, theater everywhere --
Source notes --
Index.
Responsibility: edited and introduced by Todd London.

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"An Ideal Theater is a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by the noted writer and arts commentator, Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling this collection. This celebration of the artists who came before is an exhilarating look backward, as well as toward the future ..."--Publisher's description.

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