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A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama : Volume 3, Beyond Broadway - C. W. E. Bigsby

A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama

Volume 3, Beyond Broadway

Paperback Published: 1st July 1985
ISBN: 9780521278966
Number Of Pages: 496

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In this the third and final volume of his critical account of American drama in the twentieth century Christopher Bigsby turns from the text-oriented drama of Williams, Miller and Albee (volume two) in order to trace other, parallel theatrical developments of the post-war period, including contemporary groups and playwrights.

'Beyond Broadway' denotes the geographical and spiritual challenges to prevailing standards which so fragmented the theatre of the 1960s in particular. Following his analysis of the Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway playwrights and theatres, Dr Bigsby separates the period into four main areas: performance theatre (including the Living Theatre and the Performance Group); the conjunction of dance, music and painting with drama in the 'theatre of images'; two successful contemporary playwrights, Sam Shepard and David Mamet; and finally the committed theatre exemplified in, for example, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Chicano, black and women's theatre.

Industry Reviews

'Bigsby's style is lean but dense, pursuing ideas with imagination and fine scholarship. The book is plentiful in detail, rich in insight, and reliable in judgement.' Library Journal, New York 'One of the greatest attractions of Bigsby's train of thought is his constant comparison between a sense of absurdity, early and late modernism, O'Neill and Albee. This is why Volume One of his Introduction is such exciting reading.' Journal of American Studies

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Beyond Broadway
Introductionp. 1
Zen, Happenings, Artaud, Grotowskip. 39
Performance Theatre
Introductionp. 63
The Living Theatrep. 74
The Open Theatrep. 97
The Performance Groupp. 124
The Theatre of Images: Art, Theatre and the Real
Introductionp. 147
Robert Wilsonp. 165
Richard Foremanp. 190
Lee Breuerp. 204
The Playwright
Introductionp. 219
Sam Shepardp. 221
David Mametp. 251
The Theatre of Commitment
Introductionp. 291
The San Francisco Mime Troupep. 334
Bread and Puppetp. 343
El Teatro Campesinop. 355
American Indian theatrep. 365
Black theatrep. 375
Gay theatrep. 416
Women's theatrep. 420
Afterwordp. 441
Appendixp. 442
Notesp. 446
Bibliographyp. 468
Indexp. 475
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ISBN: 9780521278966
ISBN-10: 0521278961
Series: Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama : Book 3
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st July 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.19  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.69

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