Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan: A Collaboration in the Theatre

Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan: A Collaboration in the Theatre

by Brenda Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521035244

ISBN-13: 9780521035248

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first book-length study of the collaboration between Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan. Their intense creative relationship, fueled by a deep personal affinity that endured until Williams's death, lasted from 1947 until 1960. The production of A Streetcar Named Desire established Williams as America's greatest playwright and Kazan as its most important…  See more details below

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This is the first book-length study of the collaboration between Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan. Their intense creative relationship, fueled by a deep personal affinity that endured until Williams's death, lasted from 1947 until 1960. The production of A Streetcar Named Desire established Williams as America's greatest playwright and Kazan as its most important director. Working with producers Irene Selznick and Cheryl Crawford, designers Jo Mielziner and Lemuel Ayers, and actors such as Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives, Williams and Kazan created some of the most important theatrical events of the post-war era. In this book Brenda Murphy analyzes this artistic partnership and the plays and theatrical techniques the artists developed collaboratively in their productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Sweet Bird of Youth. In addition, Murphy suggests new ways to examine the working relationship between playwright and director which can be applied to other practitioners in twentieth-century drama. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of theatre history and American literature as well as to practitioners. It contains numerous illustrations from important productions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035248
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan: the aesthetic matrix1
2Subject and object: A Streetcar Named Desire16
3Realism and fantasy: Camino Real64
4Presentation and representation: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof97
5Realism and metatheatre: Sweet Bird of Youth131
Notes165
Select bibliography178
Index195

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