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Plays in Production : Pirandello:Six Characters in Search of an Author - Jennifer Lorch

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Pirandello:Six Characters in Search of an Author


Published: 18th April 2005
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Since its premiere in Rome in 1921, Six Characters in Search of an Author has gained worldwide recognition. Pirandello's challenge to stage representation was taken up by leading directors and changed theater's perception of itself. Jennifer Lorch examines the play's impact through close analysis of individual productions in the context of theater history and practice. Her book includes a chronology of the most important productions, a bibliography and illustrations from major productions.

'Jennifer Lorch's splendid book, which recounts both Pirandello's own rewriting and the readings of the play made by directors in succeeding decades, is boldly dynamic in scope and intention, and constitutes not merely a history of productions but a pursuit, a recherche, into the very process of creation. ... Lorch is superb on the inner history of rewriting and on the outer story of Italian and international productions. ... Jennifer Lorch's researches have been exhaustive. ... It is written in a sprightly style which allows her to carry her learning lightly, but it rests on extensive research and on delicately balanced judgements. This is a considerable achievement, and an enhancement of our knowledge of Pirandello.' Pirandello Studies
"The carefully researched and well-written volume is the result of years of research conducted in international libraries and collections as well as through interviews and is a masterful achievement. Professor Lorch's attention to detail, her theatrical acumen and her grasp of significant moments in the history of the play and its importance to the international dramatic canon are everywhere in evidence in the book." - Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni, Baruch College, The Pirandello Society of America

The Play
The first production (1921)
Two early productions in London and New York (1922)
Pitoeff's production in Paris (1923)
Reinhardt's production in Berlin (1924)
Pirandello's production of the 1925 text (1925)
Six Characters on the Italian stage (1936-1993)
Two English productions (1929 and 1963)
Becoming part of national theatre in France and England
Making Six Characters accessible
Pushing at the frontiers of theatre
A brief look at Six Characters in other media
Select production chronology
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521646185
ISBN-10: 0521646189
Series: Plays in Production
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 18th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.32