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Title The American theatre reader : essays and conversations from American theatre magazine / edited by the staff of American Theatre magazine, foreword by Paula Vogel, preface by Jim O'Quinn.
Imprint New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2009.

Subject Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Alt Name Vogel, Paula,
Alternate Title American theatre.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 615 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In celebration of American Theatre's twenty-fifth anniversary, the editors of the nation's leading theater magazine have chosen their best essays and interviews to provide an intimate look at the people, plays, and events that have shaped the American theater over the past quarter-century. Over two hundred artists, critics, and theater professionals are gathered in this one-of-a-kind collection, from the visionaries who conceived of a diverse and thriving national theater community, to the practitioners who have made that dream a reality. The American Theatre Reader captures their wide-ranging stories in a single compelling volume, essential reading for theater professionals and theatergoers alike.
Contents Purging the Citadell / W. McNeil Lowery -- How free is too free? / Eric Bentley -- Who's afraid? / Alan Schneider -- For whites only? / Douglas Turner Ward -- On repertory and audiences / Eva Le Gallienne -- Fruitful union / Tyrone Guthrie -- Theatre and its trouble / Lee Breuer -- Puppetry and politics / Peter Schumann -- Critical instinct / Julius Novick -- Becoming a playwright / Adrienne Kennedy -- Soviet diary / Harold Clurman -- What is a Shakespeare? / Peter Brook -- Missing eye / Ross Wetzsteon -- Verona, Mississippi / Robert Coe -- (R)evolution of black theatre / Paul Carter Harrison -- 50 observations on acting / Charles Ludlam -- Actor as object of desire / Don Shewey -- Scenes from a censored life / Athol Fugard -- Facing the music / Harold Prince -- Islands in the mainstream / David Henry Hwang -- Wilson, Danton and me / Richard Thomas -- Living for design : a fragment of a screenplay / Marjorie Bradley Kellogg -- Don't call the post-mod squad / Roger Copeland -- Essential Ming Cho Lee / Mel Gussow -- Ground on which I stand / August Wilson -- Subsidized separatism / Robert Brustein -- Response to Brustein / August Wilson -- Who needs artists? / Robert MacNeil -- Modest proposal / Tony Kushner -- Women's work : white gloves or bare hands? / Tina Howe -- What myths may come / Naomi Iizuka -- Immaterial theatre / W. David Hancock -- Town in a mirror / Don Shewey -- Gone West / Jon Jory -- Place at the table / James Magruder -- Where mystique meets technique / Randy Gener -- Incident at Awassa / David Schein -- Art will out / Jaan Whitehead -- Shape of plays to come / Todd London -- 36 assumptions about writing plays / José Rivera -- Whither (or wither) art? / Zelda Fichandler -- Girls just want to write plays Diana Son.
On the road to Palestine / Kia Corthron, Tony Kushner, Robert O'Hara, Lisa Schlesinger, Betty Shamieh and Naomi Wallace -- Found in translation / Elsa Davis -- Follies of Chinese dissident politics / Zhang Xian -- Is your play a virgin? / Theresa Rebeck -- Lying game / Zelda Fichandler -- Chekhov : shorter, faster, funnier and uncut / Tom Donaghy -- Thinking about writing about thinking about new plays / Jeffrey M. Jones -- On directing : a modest proposal / Steven Dietz -- Getting Stanislavsky wrong / Charles Marowitz -- Awaken and sing / Steven Sater -- Thanks, but no thanks / Richard Nelson -- Writing about sex / Wallace Shawn -- Eye on the future / Joseph Haj -- Conservations -- Interview by Amy Lippman / Sam Shepard -- Interview by Marsha Norman / Lillian Hellman -- Interview by Studs Terkel / Lorraine Hansberry -- Interview by Mark Lamos / Arthur Miller -- Interview by Ross Wetzsteon / Joseph Papp -- Interview by David Savran / Luis Valdez -- Interview by Arthur Bartow / Gordon Davidson -- Interview by Anna Deavere Smith / Peter Zeisler -- Interview by Timothy Near and Krissy Keefer / Olympia Dukakis -- Interview by John Istel / Jonathan Larson -- Interview by Dale Byam / Wole Soyinka -- Interview by Bevya Rosten / Kate Valk -- Interview by David Savran / Paula Vogel -- In conversation with Robert Marx / Robert Brustein and Frank Rich -- In conversation with David J. Diamond / Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater -- Interview by Frank Rich / Stephen Sondheim -- Interview by David Savran / Adam Guettel -- Interview by Robert Coe / John Patrick Shanley -- In conservation with David Byron / F. Murray Abraham, Olympia Dukakis, Floyd King, Marian Seldes, Fiona Shaw and Gary Sinise -- Interview by David Rooks / William S. Yellow Robe Jr. -- Interview by Suzan-Lori Parks / August Wilson -- Interview by Charles L. Mee / Will Power -- Interview by Rob Weinert-Kendt / Bill Rauch.
In conversation with Joan Channick / Steven Chaikelson, Debbie Chinn, Criss Henderson, Melanie Joseph, Edward A. Martenson and Susan Medak -- In conversation with Sarah Hart / Gina Gionfriddo, Rolin Jones and Adam Rapp.
ISBN 1559366184 (electronic bk.)
9781559366182 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 772534770
Additional Format Print version: American theatre reader. New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2009 9781559363464 (DLC) 2009009563 (OCoLC)261176545