The American Repertory Theatre Reference Book: The Brustein Years

The American Repertory Theatre Reference Book: The Brustein Years

by Marilyn Plotkins


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Founded at Yale University by Robert Brustein, the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) became one of America's most progressive and provocative regional theatres. During the Brustein era, the A.R.T was distinctive for being one of the few regional theaters to maintain a resident company, perform in rotating repertory, and tour internationally. The A.R.T. has always focused on new interpretations of the classics, the presentation of little-known work, and the development of new American plays. This, in addition to Brustein's modernist aesthetic, has attracted some of the world's most important artists to work with the program. This book is the first to organize, analyze, and present A.R.T. information in one authoritative source.

The heart of the book is a chronology of every production done for the Loeb Stage and New Stages series during the Brustein years. Each entry includes a synopsis of the play, a list of the artistic personnel, a cast list, the opening date, commentary and critical responses to the production. Other sections include: a detailed history of the A.R.T. , historical highlights, biographies of key personnel, and 75 pages of appendixes organizing data from the program's entire work force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313289132
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Series: Performing Arts Companies and Theatres in Profile Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Marilyn J. Plotkins has been teaching, directing and producing theatre for nearly 30 years. She is Professor and Chair of the Theatre Department at Suffolk University. She is the founding artistic director of the Boston Music Theatre Project and has facilitated hundreds of professional performances at Suffolk's C. Walsh Theatre, including several by A.R.T.

Table of Contents


History of the American Repertory Theatre

Chronological Data and Commentary

Historical Highlights

Biographies of Select A.R.T. Personnel


Appendix I: Playwrights

Appendix II: Translators and Adaptors

Appendix III: Composers

Appendix IV: Directors

Appendix V: Set Designers

Appendix VI: Costume Designers

Appendix VII: Lighting Designers

Appendix VIII: Sound Designers

Appendix IX: Actors

Appendix X: Longtime Personnel

Appendix XI: Special Programming

Appendix XII: Tours

Index of Production Titles

What People are Saying About This

David Mamet

"…Theoretically, Bob and I agreed about absolutely nothing except our mutual desire to put on my plays—how wonderful. I owe him a great debt, and I am glad to have this book as a guide to those very interesting years of his in Cambridge and New Haven."

Chris Walken

"I have a long debt to Robert Brustein. Early on, he was good and generous to me. Most encouraging in person and in print. He gave me work as an actor in some of the best work I have done. He is a director/ theatre mgr./ actor/ author/ playwright and most excellent and graceful critic. Robert Brustein loves the theatre and the people who make it."

Michael Wilson

"Marilyn Plotkins' book is an impressive achievement, and will surely be a great resource to scholars studying the artists and plays it covers….Beyond its scholarly and documentary importance, it is, for anyone who knows (and loves) the ART, a walk down memory lane."

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