The Actor's Chekhov: Interviews with Nikos Psacharopoulos and the Company of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. / Edition 1

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Library Journal
Psacharopoulos became the artistic directior of the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) in 1955. Until the time of his death in 1989, he directed some of America's greatest talents, who came to the Berkshire Mountains not to have their egos stroked but to grow in their craft. He mostly eschewed the usual light, summer stock fare for the works of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Anton Chekhov. This two-part work centers on the Chekhov productions as performed by theater luminaries such as Lee Grant, Blythe Danner, and Austin Pendleton. In fact, there are 18 substantial interviews here with actors who discuss Psacharopoulos and his approach to Chekhov. That, in itself, is a wonderful treasure of material, but what follows is another little gem entitled ``The Acting Notebook.'' Here, extensive notes on five Chekhov plays--including Psacharopoulos's synopses of specific scenes and more interviews with actors--are presented. While there are other books available on acting approaches to Chekhov, this one should not be overlooked by libraries with solid theater collections. Also, since the WTF is such a major summer theater company, this work supplies an important look into its production history.-- Diane H. Albosta, Episcopal H.S. Lib., Alexandria, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880399057
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,148,661

Table of Contents

Part One: The Interviews
Austin Pendleton: An Appetite for Joy 1
Blythe Danner: The Place of Inspiration 19
Tom Brennan: Multiplicity and Contradiction 31
Olympia Dukakis: Claiming the Space 41
Louis Zorich: Going Up to Hit 55
Lee Grant: The Life In Between 69
Kate Burton: Being Unsolved 83
Roberta Maxwell: Approval 93
Christopher Walken: Trusting in Chaos 105
Laila Robins: A Window of Opportunity 117
Joyce Ebert: Getting Results 131
John Glover: The Unknown 139
Laurie Kennedy: A Repertory of Behavior 151
Carrie Nye: Going to Zero 161
Stephen Collins: Removing the Cover 173
Maria Tucci: Organic Matter 189
Peter Hunt: Back Into the Flames 199
Frank Langella: Striving For Greatness 213
Part Two: The Acting Notebook
Introduction to "The Acting Notebook" 233
Notes on Uncle Vanya 241
Notes on The Cherry Orchard 271
Notes on The Three Sisters 279
Notes on The Sea Gull 287
Notes on Ivanov 293
Chronology of Chekhov Productions at WTF
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