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The Year of the Pearl: A Year in the Life of New York Repertory Theatre Company

The Year of the Pearl: A Year in the Life of New York Repertory Theatre Company

by David Hapgood

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hapgood, a freelance writer, spent August of 1991 to May of 1992 with a small off-Broadway theater company. Established in 1984, The Pearl is located in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and presents productions of the classics. The author provides a wealth of interesting detail about theatrical fund-raising, acting techniques and the artistic problems involved in mounting serious drama. Hapgood's family was involved in theater (his mother translated Stanislavski's An Actor Prepares ), and he shows great sympathy for the travails of performers, directors and production support staffers whose devotion to their work causes them to live close to the poverty line. The interviews he conducted with Pearl founder and artistic director Shepard Sobel, actress Joanne Camp (Shepard's wife) and the other players reveal their dedication to their craft, as well as a glimpse into the rivalries that surface when egos conflict. This is an engaging work of theater history. Photos. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Hapgood uses well-documented writer's skills, a theater lover's passion for the art, and strong childhood impressions of Konstantin Stanislavsky and actors from the Moscow Art Theater to take the reader backstage at the Pearl Theater. The Pearl is a tiny Off Broadway repertory theater that produces classics exclusively. Hapgood, who spent a year interviewing Pearl director/producer Shepard Sobel and Sobel's actors and actresses, has created something special. His account is not a historical treatise but instead allows the company to speak through him about their work and their dreams. This book is easily read, but it has real theatrical meat on its bones. Appealing to theater professionals, students, and fans, every library with a theater collection should consider purchasing.-- Jon P. Cobes, Central Wyoming Coll., Riverton

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