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AUTHOR'S NOTE: This book has been replaced by a fuller account of Edward Gorey's theatrical work, Edward Gorey On Stage: Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer: a Multimedia Memoir, available in both print and e-book formats.
How to classify the extraordinary Edward Gorey? Artist? Writer? Dark humorist?
What about Dramatist?
It was in theatre that Gorey’s public career started and finished. As a postwar Harvard University student, he and his friends Frank O'Hara, Alison Lurie, John Ashbery, and others created the legendary Poets’ Theatre. After winning a Tony Award on Broadway for Frank Langella’s Dracula, Gorey left New York for Cape Cod. From Woods Hole to Provincetown, he wrote, designed, and directed a scintillating set of “entertainments” starring local actors and his own troupe of handmade puppets. Chief producer of Gorey’s plays was his friend and neighbor Carol Verburg. Now she tells how he did it. From “The Helpless Doorknob” and “The Gilded Bat” to “Horror at Hamstrung Hall” and “Porptiga,” she chronicles Gorey's adventures in drama, puppetry, opera, and even (briefly) acting.
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Carol Verburg is best known as a playwright, director, and author of best-selling books including Ourselves Among Others, Making Contact, and The Environmental Predicament. The regular producer of Edward Gorey's plays on Cape Cod, Verburg also directed several plays of her own, including Lady Day in Love and The Whistling Pig, as well as the first workshop of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and the unofficial U.S. premiere of Peter Shaffer’s The Gift of the Gorgon. Her newest book is Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery.Review:
"...An overview of Gorey's theatrical involvement from Poet's Theatre at Harvard to Broadway...to Provincetown and Theatre on the Bay, then onto Cotuit...to Gorey's final, sad days in April, 2000... For all its slightness of heft, it is packed with detail and insight into Gorey the playwright, director and performer." --Goreyography
"It isn't often that you wish a piece of writing about the theater was longer than it is. . . Invaluable facts and intriguing tidbits about a sinfully neglected part of Gorey's career. . . From the late 1980s until his death in 2000 Gorey created over two dozen theatrical pieces based on his stories and illustrations." --The Arts Fuse
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