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The author looks back on his career as a theater director and discusses his stage productions of Shakespeare as well as operas and films
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Peter Brook is one of the giants of twentieth-century theatre, a unique creative genius who, through his groundbreaking productions of "King Lear", "Marat/Sade", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and especially "The Mahabharata", has virtually reinvented the way actors and directors think about theatre.From Publishers Weekly:
For the ordinary theatergoer, Shakespeare has become a bit of a bore, Brook maintains. Yet the Bard's "cubism of the theater," his curious splicing of verse and prose, ought to resonate with meaning for us today. Here the well-known director explains the rationale behind his controversial productions of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. This tapestry of essays, notes and manifestos includes a section on the international, multicultural theater group Brook organized in Paris to reinvent the sounds, gestures and scripts that he feels should animate true theater. He relives the group's three-month journey in Africa, which led to his mounting The Conference of the Birds. Another play in which ceremony and performance fuse, Brook's re-creation of the Indian epic Mahabharata, is also discussed. Several pieces on opera explore ways to revive what he considers an artificial, stagnant form. With its far-reaching perspective on avant-garde and classical theater, this journal will reward even readers who are not familiar with the works discussed.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0060390735
Book Description Harpercollins. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0060390735 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0009412