Magic Time, A Memoir, Notes on Theatre & Other Entertaiments

Magic Time, A Memoir, Notes on Theatre & Other Entertaiments

by Edwin Wilson


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If you had the chance, would you be interested in meeting British theatre director Sir John Gielgud and actor Jason Robards? Would you like to have been in Vieques, Puerto Rico with director Peter Brook making the film Lord of the Flies? Would you enjoy being at the first ever performance of the musical My Fair Lady? Would you like to be the co-producer of a Broadway play directed by the legendary George Abbott? Perhaps you would enjoy going to London once or twice a year to see new plays and classics at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company or in the West End. Maybe you would find it interesting to journey to Tokyo, Japan to enjoy the avant-garde theatre there or the more traditional Noh, Kabuki or Bunraku performances.

If your taste is more personal you might prefer a one-on-one interview with actresses Colleen Dewhurst, Claire Bloom, Julie Harris, or Gwen Verdon, or with playwrights Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, or August Wilson. You could do all this and more if you join Ed Wilson in the lively, personal journey he takes in his new memoir Magic Time. Enjoy the moments, relive the excitement-they are all there in this entertaining, provocative book.

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ISBN-13: 9781575259420
Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Pages: 311
Sales rank: 1,167,210
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Author, teacher, critic, Ed Wilson began his career in theatre as the Producer's Assistant of a Broadway play directed by John Gielgud and the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook. He directed a season at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and produced plays off-Broadway and co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You directed by George Abbott. He also produced the film The Nashville Sound. Educated at Vanderbilt, the University of Edinburgh and Yale, he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. From 1972 to 1995 he was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal for 23 years and for 45 years he served on the faculty at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center for nearly half a century. During that time he became the pre-eminent author of college theatre textbooks in the U.S. His previous activities also included serving as President of the New York Drama Critics Circle, Chairman of the Theatre Development Fund and several Pulitzer Prize juries. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he conducted 90 half-hour television interviews with virtually every important theatre figure of the late 20th century from George Abbott to Jerry Zaks. Called Spotlight, the series appeared on CUNY-TV in New York and more than 200 PBS stations nationwide. It can be seen today on YouTube. In his noteworthy memoir Wilson gives us a penetrating, engaging, witty, incisive account of his singular adventures in and out of the theatre.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER ONE - The Early Years


CHAPTER THREE - Brooklyn Heights and Broadway

CHAPTER FOUR - Directing and Producing

CHAPTER FIVE - Quogue/The Coffee House/Trips Abroad

CHAPTER SIX - The Accidental Author, Part I

CHAPTER SEVEN - The Accidental Author, Part II

CHAPTER EIGHT - The American Theatre Emerges

CHAPER NINE - High Drama and Low Comedy

CHAPTER TEN - Theatre in the 21st Century





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