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The open door : thoughts on acting and theatre

Author: Peter Brook
Publisher: New York : Parthenon Books, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From King Lear to the Tragedy of Carmen, from Marat/Sade to the epic Mahabharata, Peter Brook has reinvented modern theatre, not once but again and again. In this book the visionary director and theorist offers a lucid, comprehensive exposition of the philosophy that underlies his work. It is a philosophy of paradoxes: We come to the theatre to find life, but that life must be different from the life we find  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brook, Peter, 1925-
Open door.
New York : Parthenon Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)647303678
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brook
ISBN: 0679428062 9780679428060
OCLC Number: 27810502
Notes: "A Cornelia and Michael Bessie book."
Description: 147 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The slyness of boredom --
The golden fish --
There are no secrets.
Responsibility: Peter Brook.
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From King Lear to the Tragedy of Carmen, from Marat/Sade to the epic Mahabharata, Peter Brook has reinvented modern theatre, not once but again and again. In this book the visionary director and theorist offers a lucid, comprehensive exposition of the philosophy that underlies his work. It is a philosophy of paradoxes: We come to the theatre to find life, but that life must be different from the life we find outside. Actors have to prepare painstakingly yet be willing to sacrifice the results of their preparation. The director's most reliable tool may be his capacity to be bored. Brook illustrates these principles with anecdotes that span his entire career and that demonstrate his familiarity with Shakespeare, Chekhov, and the indigenous theatres of India and Iran. The result is an unparalleled look at what happens both onstage and behind the scenes, fresh in its insights and elegant in its prose.

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