The Revisionist Stage: American Directors Reinvent the Classics

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The Revisionist Stage salutes the achievements of a revolutionary group of American directors who have galvanized the standard dramatic repertoire by reworking classic theatre into new forms for the contemporary stage. First setting out comprehensive theoretical and practical overviews of the field, Green goes on to present a critical history that features bold directorial ventures by JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Liviu Ciulei, Richard Foreman, Joseph Papp, Lucian Pintilie, Richard Schechner, Peter Sellars, ...
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Overview

The Revisionist Stage salutes the achievements of a revolutionary group of American directors who have galvanized the standard dramatic repertoire by reworking classic theatre into new forms for the contemporary stage. First setting out comprehensive theoretical and practical overviews of the field, Green goes on to present a critical history that features bold directorial ventures by JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Liviu Ciulei, Richard Foreman, Joseph Papp, Lucian Pintilie, Richard Schechner, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Woodruff, and Garland Wright. Green's critique ranges from works grounded in one historical period (Greek and Roman plays) to those authored by one playwright (Shakespeare, Moliere, and the operas of Mozart and da Ponte). Specifically discussed are such theatrical events as Serban's Fragments of a Trilogy, Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus and Lear, and Peter Sellars's operatic trilogy. With singular versatility and insight, Green thus leads the way to a more informed reading of the business of theatrical revision, challenging its claims, celebrating its ingenuities, and conducting a full-scale investigation of a genre remarkable both for its richness and for its ability to arouse spirited public debate.
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"...The Revisionist Stage is a useful and important book. It is an essential guide to the theory and practice of performing classic plays in the late twentieth century. ...a model of critical openess." THJ

"...the book is well written, meets its stated goals, and includes detailed notes and bibliography. It will prove most helpful to those interested in 'bright ideas'." M. D. Whitlatch, Choice

"...Amy S. Green has taken on a sizable task with apparent ease and much grace...[an] insightful look at some of the most noteworthy U.S. productions of the past three decades. Green's work is both theoretically and historically grounded and her excellent synthesis of wide-ranging materials into highly evocative descriptive prose contributes significantly to the body of information available about the theatre of this period in the U.S." Linda Miles, Theatre Insight

"...the book is a worthwhile addition to the study of production." Arnold Aronson, American Studies

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Reinventing Classic Theatre 1
2 Historical Precedents in Europe and America 16
3 Greek and Roman Plays 42
Andrei Serban's Fragments of a Greek Trilogy, Richard Schechner's Oedipus (Seneca), and Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus
4 The Plays of Shakespeare 69
Joseph Papp's "Naked" Hamlet, Robert Woodruff and the Flying Karamazov's The Comedy of Errors, JoAnne Akalaitis's Cymbeline, and Lee Breuer's Lear
5 The Plays of Moliere 116
Andrei Serban's The Miser, Garland Wright's The Misanthrope and Don Juan, Richard Foreman's Don Juan, Liviu Ciulei's Don Juan, and Lucian Pintilie's Tartuffe
6 Peter Sellars's Mozart - da Ponte Trilogy 145
Peter Sellars's Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, and Le Nozze di Figaro
7 The Classics, Postmodernism, and the Question of Coherence 173
Notes 183
Bibliography 199
Index 217
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