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American Avant-Garde Theatre : A History - Arnold Aronson

American Avant-Garde Theatre

A History

Paperback Published: 28th September 2000
ISBN: 9780415241397
Number Of Pages: 258

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This stunning contribution to the field of theatre history is the first in-depth look at avant-garde theatre in the United States from the early 1950s to the 1990s. American Avant-Garde Theatre offers a definition of the avant-garde, and looks at its origins and theoretical foundations by examining:
*Gertrude Stein
*John Cage
*The Beat writers
*Avant-garde cinema
*Abstract Expressionism
*Minimalism
There are fascinating discussions and illustrations of the productions of the Living Theatre, the Wooster Group, Open Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre and Performance Group. among many others. Aronson also examines why avant-garde theatre declined and virtually disappeared at the end of the twentieth century.

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Aronson's essential, engaging book treats another American theater--one equally significant and, in some respects, more fascinating..

List of platesp. viii
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Origins of the avant-gardep. 1
Theories and foundationsp. 20
Off Broadway, Happenings, and the Living Theatrep. 42
The 1960s: collectives and ritualsp. 75
Smith, Wilson, and Foremanp. 108
Performance art (and the origins of the Wooster Group)p. 144
The Wooster Group, Reza Abdoh, and the end of the avant-gardep. 181
Conclusionp. 205
Notesp. 212
Bibliographyp. 224
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780415241397
ISBN-10: 0415241391
Series: Theatre Production Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 28th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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