Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century

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Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century, edited by director Jo Bonney, features the work of 42 solo artists spanning the century-from Beatrice Herford in 1869 to Dawn Akemi Saito in 1994. Each artists' work is introduced by a journalist, artist, critic, agent, producer or educator who is intimately familiar with the material and its links to other forms such as vaudeville, theatre, cabaret, music, standup comedy, poetry, the visual arts and dance. In Bonney's words, ...
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Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century, edited by director Jo Bonney, features the work of 42 solo artists spanning the century-from Beatrice Herford in 1869 to Dawn Akemi Saito in 1994. Each artists' work is introduced by a journalist, artist, critic, agent, producer or educator who is intimately familiar with the material and its links to other forms such as vaudeville, theatre, cabaret, music, standup comedy, poetry, the visual arts and dance. In Bonney's words, "This anthology documents a part of our literary/stage history and offers the possibility of its being appreciated in a new context, for a new generation."

Includes work by Beatrice Herford, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Ruth Draper, Lord Buckley, Brother Theodore, Lenny Bruce, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, Andy Kaufman, Ethyl Eichelberger, Laurie Anderson, Rachel Rosenthal, Spalding Gray, Eric Bogosian, Jessica Hagedorn, Diamanda Galás, Ann Magnuson, Rhodessa Jones, Tim Miller, John O'Keefe, Anna Deavere Smith, Danitra Vance, David Cale, Whoopi Goldberg, John Fleck, Reno, Heather Woodbury, Robbie McCauley, Lisa Kron, Brenda Wong Aoki, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Holly Hughes, Luis Alfaro, John Leguizamo, Josh Kornbluth, Deb Margolin, Roger Guenveur Smith, Anne Galjour, Danny Hoch, Marga Gomez, Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan, Dael Orlandersmith and Dawn Akemi Saito.

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Library Journal
Performance art can be traced back to the tradition of the "Griot" (African oral historian), Greek monologists, and medieval traveling minstrels. Solo performers all have a story to tell and in so doing speak directly to each member of their audiences. Each artist in this anthology adds a fresh voice to the genre. Readers are introduced to monologs and performance pieces that come from a variety of artists, such as Beatrice Herford and Ruth Draper, who delighted audiences during the first 50 years of the century, on to "Moms" Mabley, Lord Buckley, Lily Tomlin, Lenny Bruce, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Miller, and many other contemporaries. Each artist is introduced by someone familiar with their work. There are photos of each performer along with brief biographies and bibliographies. This excellent companion to Glenn Alterman's Creating Your Own Monologue (LJ 2/15/00) is highly recommended for theater arts collections in public and university libraries.--Howard E. Miller, Rosary H.S., St. Louis Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361552
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 988,943
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Editors' Note
Beatrice Herford
Introduction 3
Jackie "Moms" Mabley
Introduction 9
Ruth Draper
Introduction 17
Lord Buckley
Introduction 25
Brother Theodore
Introduction 34
Lenny Bruce
Introduction 42
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Introduction 55
Andy Kaufman
Introduction 65
Ethyl Eichelberger
Introduction 72
Laurie Anderson
Introduction 82
Rachel Rosenthal
Introduction 92
Spalding Gray
Introduction 101
Eric Bogosian
Introduction 108
Jessica Hagedorn
Introduction 119
Diamanda Galas
Introduction 126
Ann Magnuson
Introduction 135
Rhodessa Jones
Introduction 145
Tim Miller
Introduction 155
John O'Keefe
Introduction 164
Anna Deavere Smith
Introduction 177
Danitra Vance
Introduction 187
David Cale
Introduction 197
Whoopi Goldberg
Introduction 209
John Fleck
Introduction 220
Reno
Introduction 228
Heather Woodbury
Introduction 239
Robbie McCauley
Introduction 248
Lisa Kron
Introduction 257
Brenda Wong Aoki
Introduction 265
Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Introduction 276
Holly Hughes
Introduction 286
Luis Alfaro
Introduction 295
John Leguizamo
Introduction 305
Josh Kornbluth
Introduction 314
Deb Margolin
Introduction 323
Roger Guenveur Smith
Introduction 332
Anne Galjour
Introduction 344
Danny Hoch
Introduction 354
Marga Gomez
Introduction 363
Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan
Introduction 371
Dael Orlandersmith
Introduction 380
Dawn Akemi Saito
Introduction 389
Artist Biographies and Bibliographies 399
Photographic Credits 420
Citation Credits 421
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    A wealth of knowledge

    If you have ever been interested in the solo theater artform, this is the book for you. It gives a great overview of the genres recent history and includes great biographical information on the featured artists. I was amazed to find both Moms Mabley and Lord Buckley in the same book. Anyone tackling this artform, or fans of it will benefit from this book.

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