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Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago : in their own words

Author: John Mayer
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016.
Series: Theatre makers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1974, a group of determined, young high-school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become on of the most prominent theatre companies in the world. Steppenwolf Theatre Company has changed the face of American Theatre with its innovative approach  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Mayer
ISBN: 9781474239448 1474239447 9781474239455 1474239455
OCLC Number: 928487837
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 261 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The early years : the seventies --
In their own words : on growing up --
Balm in Gilead : the developing ensemble philosophy and moving forward --
In their own words : on getting into the ensemble --
Transitions, The Grapes of Wrath, and a new theatre --
In their own words : my favorite stories --
An "ongoing experiment," a new millennium, and August: Osage County --
In their own words : the essence of Steppenwolf --
Now and into the future --
In their own words : a short tribute.
Series Title: Theatre makers.
Responsibility: John Mayer ; foreward by Jeff Perry.

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"In 1974, a group of determined, young high-school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become on of the most prominent theatre companies in the world. Steppenwolf Theatre Company has changed the face of American Theatre with its innovative approach that blends dynamic ensemble performance, honest, straightforward acting, and bold, thought-provoking stories to create compelling theatre. This is the first book to chronicle this iconic theatre company, offering an account of its early years and development, its work, and the methodologies that have made it one of the most influential ensembles in theatres today. Through extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members, this book reveals the story of Steppenwolf's miraculous rose from basement to Broadway and beyond. Interviewees include co-founder Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise, and Terry Kinney, along with a myriad of ensemble, staff, board members, and others." --

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If you love theatre, and particularly ensemble theatre, John Mayer is about to take you on a 'first-time-ever VIP tour' into everything Steppenwolf. * Jeff Perry * [Mayer] includes extracts from Read more...

 
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