Download E-books Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? PDF

By Edward Albee

“Twelve occasions a week,” spoke back Uta Hagen while requested how usually she’d prefer to play Martha in Who’s petrified of Virginia Woolf? within the similar method, audiences and critics alike couldn't get adequate of Edward Albee’s masterful play. a depressing comedy, it portrays husband and spouse George and Martha in a searing evening of harmful enjoyable and video games. by means of the evening’s finish, a gorgeous, nearly insufferable revelation presents a climax that has surprised audiences for years. With the play’s razor-sharp discussion and the stripping away of social pretense, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who’s scared of Virginia Woolf? as “a brilliantly unique paintings of art—an excoriating theatrical adventure, surging with shocks of popularity and dramatic hearth [that] should be igniting Broadway for your time to come.”

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Download E-books Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910-1935 (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism) PDF

Empire of Ecstasy deals a unique interpretation of the explosion of German physique tradition among the 2 wars—nudism and nude dancing, gymnastics and dance education, dance images and feedback, and numerous genres of functionality from solo dancing to mass circulation choirs. Karl Toepfer provides this dynamic topic as an important and traditionally designated building of "modern identity."

the trendy physique, radiating freedom and gear, looked as if it would Weimar artists and intelligentsia to be the resource of a transgressive strength, in addition to the signal and manifestation of robust, mysterious "inner" stipulations. Toepfer indicates how this view of the fashionable physique sought to increase the classy event past the bounds imposed through rationalized existence and to go beyond those limits looking for ecstasy. With assistance from a lot unpublished or long-forgotten archival fabric (including many little-known photographs), he investigates the method of creating an "empire" of appropriative impulses towards ecstasy.

Toepfer provides the paintings of such recognized figures as Rudolf Laban, Mary Wigman, and Oskar Schlemmer, besides less-known yet both interesting physique tradition practitioners. His booklet is bound to develop into required examining for historians of dance, physique tradition, and modernism.

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Download E-books Bernard Shaw's The Black Girl in Search of God: The Story behind the Story (Florida Bernard Shaw) PDF

By Leon Hugo

"Leon Hugo, a individual Shaw student from the rustic within which The Black lady looking for God is determined, is the correct critic to ascertain Shaw's most famed prose tale--an allegory on a par with Voltaire's Candide."--Stanley Weintraub, Pennsylvania country University

"An astute interpreting of the textual content . . . a e-book that basically demonstrates Bernard Shaw remains to be worthy studying. He speaks to all generations."--Gale ok. Larson, California nation University

Leon Hugo's examine is a groundbreaking account of the "story at the back of the tale" of Shaw's allegory The Black lady looking for God, a quick myth written by means of Shaw in a distant coastal village in South Africa. Illustrated through John Farleigh, the publication used to be released in 1932 and have become a best-seller.

The tale is a fantasy of a "black girl," switched over by means of Christian missionaries, who attempts to discover the reply to the query "Where is God?" through creating a trip of the soul. alongside the best way she meets with a few representations of God, from the recent and previous Testaments of the Bible and from the Koran, who disgust and appall her with their hopelessly superseded embodiments of deity. The response from critics and readers of the day ranged from cries of blasphemy to allegations that Shaw used to be relocating to insanity. the amount used to be banned in public libraries and in Ireland.  numerous tracts and books sought to repudiate, ridicule, or advance Shaw's non secular argument, and there have been variations for degree performances and for radio broadcasts.

This literary occasion is acknowledged, tested, and assessed via Leon Hugo. He surveys the shut kinship among Shaw and Voltaire--a dominant presence in a story that itself echoes Candide. the ultimate bankruptcy considers the "black woman" as a Shavian champion of spiritual freedom, feminist rights, and political emancipation. Illustrations revive a variety of Farleigh's attractive paintings, and Hugo comprises consultant illustrations from the rebutting tracts and books that Black Girl as well.
 
Leon Hugo (1931-2002) used to be professor emeritus on the college of South Africa.

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Download E-books Stage Right: Crisis and Recovery in British Contemporary Mainstream Theatre PDF

By John Bull

Stage Right is a refreshingly abrasive account of the nation of British theatre when you consider that 1979, providing an account of the improvement of a brand new mainstream shaped in wakeful competition to the paintings of the politically dedicated dramatists of the 70s and an research of the performs of the main winning playwrights of the hot mainstream: Nichols, grey, Frayn, Bennett, Ayckbourn and Stoppard.

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Download E-books Our Moonlight Revels: A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Theater (Studies in Theatre History & Culture) PDF

By Gary Jay Williams

In his richly distinctive, superbly illustrated background of Shakespeare's most well liked play - the 1st complete learn of A Midsummer Night's Dream within the theatre - Gary Jay Williams covers 400 years of landmark productions in Europe, the USA, and Canada in addition to vital opera, dance, and movie variations. Williams indicates how the visible and musical vocabularies of creation will be learn as cultural texts and the way those mediative texts make sure this play's on hand meanings from new release to iteration. His account, then, is the tale of our creative and surprising makes use of of Shakespeare's play. Williams deals precise theatrical and cultural analyses of the productions of David Garrick, Ludwig Tieck, Elizabeth Vestris, Charles Kean, Harley Granville-Barker, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Max Reinhardt, Peter Brook, Liviu Ciulei, and different artists. His enticing, clever research might be beneficial to students and academics of Shakespeare and theatre heritage and to specialist administrators, designers, critics, and actors.

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Download E-books The Biblical Drama of Medieval Europe PDF

By Lynette R. Muir

Lynette Muir's research offers a close survey and research of the surviving corpus of Biblical drama from all elements of medieval Christian Europe. It examines over performs from the 10th to the 16th centuries, in a wide-ranging dialogue that makes to be had the complete scope of this significant a part of theater heritage. prepared to supply a whole assessment of significant points of medieval Biblical theater, it comprises helpful appendices that provide details at the liturgical calendar, processions, the Mass and the Bible.

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Download E-books Puritanism and Theatre: Thomas Middleton and Opposition Drama under the Early Stuarts (Past and Present Publications) PDF

By Margot Heinemann

The remaining of the theatres via Parliament in 1642 might be the best-known truth within the heritage of English drama. because the Parliamentary Puritans have been then in strength, one could imagine that each one rivals of the theatre have been Puritans, and that each one Puritans have been adverse to the drama. the truth was once extra attention-grabbing and extra complex. Margot Heinemann appears at Thomas Middleton's paintings with regards to the society and social events of his time, and strains the connections this paintings could have had with radical, Parliamentarian or Puritan teams or events. within the mild of the new paintings of seventeenth-century historians we will be able to now not see those complicated competition activities as uniformly anti-theatre or anti-dramatist. The booklet indicates clean meanings and implications in Middleton's personal writings, and is helping in the direction of rethinking where of drama within the altering lifetime of early Stuart England.

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Download E-books Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage PDF

By Gail Kern Paster

Though sleek readers not think within the 4 humors of Galenic naturalism—blood, choler, depression, and phlegm—early smooth inspiration present in those physically fluids key to explaining human feelings and behaviour. In Humoring the physique, Gail Kern Paster proposes a brand new approach to learn the sentiments of the early sleek level in order that modern readers may possibly recuperate many of the old particularity in early smooth expressions of emotional self-experience.

Using notions drawn from humoral clinical idea to untangle passages from very important ethical treatises, clinical texts, typical histories, and significant performs of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Paster identifies a old phenomenology within the language of impact through reconciling the importance of the 4 humors because the language of embodied emotion. She urges sleek readers to withstand the impression of post-Cartesian abstraction and the disembodiment of human psychology lest they omit the body-mind connection that also existed for Shakespeare and his contemporaries and limited them to imagine another way approximately how their feelings have been embodied in a premodern world.

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Download E-books The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights (Plays and Playwrights) PDF

Unrivalled in its insurance of contemporary paintings and writers, The Methuen Drama advisor to modern American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, power and improvement of theatrical paintings to emerge from the United States during the last fifty years.
This authoritative consultant leads you thru the paintings of 25 significant modern American playwrights, discussing greater than a hundred and forty performs intimately. Written by means of a group of 25 eminent overseas students, every one bankruptcy provides:
· a biographical advent to the playwright's paintings;
· a survey and concise research of the writer's most vital performs;
· a dialogue in their kind, dramaturgical matters and demanding reception;
· a bibliography of released performs and a choose checklist of serious works.
one of many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights incorporated are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. The abundance of labor analysed permits clean, illuminating conclusions to be drawn in regards to the improvement of up to date American playwriting.

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