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Beckett in Performance : Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs - Jonathan Kalb

Beckett in Performance

Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs

Paperback Published: 4th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521423793
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book takes a critical look at the work of one of the twentieth century's most influential playwrights from the viewpoint of those whose job it is to give the work life on stage. From personal experience of over seventy productions, from interviews with numerous Beckett actors and directors, and in rare conversations with the playwright himself, Kalb addresses such fundamental questions as: Is the task of performing Beckett categorically different from that of performing other forms of theater? Is the audience's role different, and if so, how? The result is a new insight into particular problems of producing Beckett's early and late works, television plays, and prose works adapted for the stage.

Industry Reviews

"This perceptive, personal history of viewing Beckett's plays in production, supplemented by interviews with those artists who acted in and directed them, aims at articulating a poetics of Beckett performance." Choice "...the breadth and depth of [Kalb's] survey of a good-sized sample of those who have devoted themselves to realizing Beckett upon the stage (and screen and radio) give his book enormous value even as an introduction, albeit a special kind of introduction, to his theatre...The result of Kalb's delineation of Beckett's uniquely disciplined existential drama will, for many, be the discovery of an artist whose achievement was even larger and more original than they had thought. For others, there will be much to contend with in these pages, but no one who seeks to understand the process and the experience of his art upon the stage can afford to ignore them." John Swan, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism "...the book has provided for the first time a theatrically driven analysis of the work of this century's greatest playwright." Rick Davis, Theatre Three "In his close attention to production values and in his ability to move from specific performances to general ideas about the nature of theatre and of interpretation, Jonathan Kalb presents a much needed addition to Beckett criticism." Linda Ben-Zvi, Essays in Theatre

List of illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Actingp. 7
Rockaby and the art of inadvertent interpretationp. 9
Considerations of acting in the early playsp. 24
Considerations of acting in the late playsp. 48
Directingp. 69
Underground staging in perspectivep. 71
Eh Joe, Dis Joe, He Joe: toward a television iconp. 95
The gamble of staging prose fictionp. 117
Conclusion: the question of contextp. 144
Beckett and the actorp. 145
Beckett and the directorp. 149
Terminological digressionp. 154
Less is more - Beckett and the avant-gardep. 157
Conversationsp. 163
JoAnne Akalaitisp. 165
Walter Asmusp. 173
Alvin Epsteinp. 185
Klaus Hermp. 197
Frederick Neumannp. 206
Ekkehard Schallp. 212
David Warrilowp. 220
Billie Whitelawp. 234
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 264
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780521423793
ISBN-10: 0521423791
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 4th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.11  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.41