Ayckbourn In an Hour

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Alan Ayckbourn was a young actor when an accidental remark led him into the world of playwriting. During rehearsal, Ayckbourn complained about the role he was playing that day. Stephen Joseph, his mentor, threw down his script and said that if Alan wanted better roles, he should write them himself. Ayckbourn did just that. He penned The Square Cat, which had a successful run in Scarborough, England during the summer of 1959.

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Overview

Alan Ayckbourn was a young actor when an accidental remark led him into the world of playwriting. During rehearsal, Ayckbourn complained about the role he was playing that day. Stephen Joseph, his mentor, threw down his script and said that if Alan wanted better roles, he should write them himself. Ayckbourn did just that. He penned The Square Cat, which had a successful run in Scarborough, England during the summer of 1959.

Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Alan Ayckbourn and the plays he wrote. Read Ayckbourn in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Ayckbourn in an Hour, the main essay in the book

• Ayckbourn In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Ayckbourn's work

• A list of Ayckbourn's contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Ayckbourn's major plays

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek Masters to comtemporary writers and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the laywright and his or her work in historical, social, and literary context.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Examiner.com
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936232024
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Playwrights in an Hour
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Teresa Choate is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the Department of Theatre in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She teaches theater history and dramatic literature, performance theory, dramaturgy, and script analysis, as well as period styles of acting. She is also a director who has mounted over seventy productions to date. She holds an alphabet soup's worth of degrees in theater: PhD (UCLA), MFA in directing (Catholic University of America), MA (Denver University). She is currently the President of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honor Theatre Society for colleges and universities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Pretty crappy

    I am only a third into this freshman-like essay on Ayckbourn and have to warn potential buyers. It is not worth your time. No citations. Poor editing. (OCR'd poorly from a PDF perhaps?) And a strange reference to Ayckbourn playing the role of "Peter" in Romeo and Juliet. Utter crap.

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