Ghost Light: A Memoir

By Frank Rich

There's a superstition that if an emptied theater is ever left thoroughly darkish, a ghost will take in place of dwelling. to avoid this, a unmarried "ghost mild" is left burning at middle degree after the viewers and the entire actors and musicians have long gone domestic. Frank Rich's eloquent and relocating boyhood memoir finds how theater itself turned a ghost mild and a beacon of defense for a kid discovering his method in a tumultuous international.

Rich grew up within the small-townish Washington, D.C., of the Fifties and early '60s, a spot the place conformity appeared the main to happiness for a tender boy who continually felt varied. whilst wealthy used to be seven years outdated, his mom and dad separated--at a time whilst divorce was once nonetheless tantamount to scandal--and thereafter he and his more youthful sister have been classified "children from a damaged home." Bouncing from university to varsity and more and more lonely, wealthy turned scared of the darkish and the uncertainty of his destiny. yet there has been something in his existence that made him sublimely chuffed: the Broadway theater.

Rich's mom and dad have been avid theatergoers, and in happier occasions they might hearken to the brand-new recordings of South Pacific, rattling Yankees, and The Pajama video game repeatedly of their lounge. while his mother's remarriage caused turbulent alterations, wealthy took shelter in those comparable documents, re-creating the exhibits in his mind's eye, scene by way of scene. He begun gathering Playbills, studied fanatically the theater listings within the big apple occasions and diversity, and lower out advertisements to create his personal miniature marquees. He by no means imagined that someday he may be the Times's leader theater critic.

Eventually wealthy stumbled on a moment domestic at Wash-ington's nationwide Theatre, the place as he used to be a ticket-taker and was once brought not just to the behind the scenes magic he had dreamed of for thus lengthy yet to a real-life forged of charismatic and kooky avid gamers who might turn into his mentors and neighbors. With humor and eloquence, wealthy tells the successful tale of the way the aspirations of a stagestruck younger boy grew to become a lifeline, propelling him towards the itinerant relations of theater, whose romantic denizens welcomed him into the colourful fringes of Broadway in the course of its final glamorous era.

Every from time to time, a grand spectacle comes alongside that introduces its audiences to characters and scenes that would resound of their thoughts lengthy after the curtain has long gone down. Ghost Light, Frank Rich's superbly crafted early life memoir, is simply such an occasion.

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Frogs (Focus Classical Library)

By Aristophanes

This is an English translation of Aristophanes' renowned comedy within which the god Dionysus seeks to carry the good dramatist Euripides from Hades, the place he encounters one other nice Classical playwright, Aeschylus. contains heritage fabric at the ancient and cultural context of this paintings, feedback for extra studying, and notes. the focal point Classical Library offers shut translations with notes and essays to supply entry to knowing Greek tradition and the roots of latest thought.

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Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy

As either a literary style and a view of existence, tragedy has from the very starting spurred a discussion among poetry and philosophy. Plato famously banned tragedians from his perfect group simply because he believed that their representations of vicious habit may possibly deform minds. Aristotle got down to resolution Plato's objections, arguing that fiction bargains a devoted photo of the reality and that it promotes emotional well-being in the course of the mechanism of catharsis. Aristotle's definition of tragedy really had its maximum effect now not on Greek tragedy itself yet on later Latin literature, starting with the tragedies of the Roman poet and Stoic thinker Seneca (4 BC - advert 65). Scholarship over the past fifty years, despite the fact that, has more and more sought to spot in Seneca's prose writings a Platonic poetics that is hostile towards tragedy and which would accordingly clarify why Seneca's performs look so usually to provide the failure of Stoicism. As Gregory Staley argues during this ebook, whilst Senecan tragedy fails to degree advantage we should always see during this no longer the failure of Stoicism yet a Stoic perception of tragedy because the correct motor vehicle for imaging Seneca's established international of madmen and fools. Senecan tragedy enacts Aristotle's notion of the style as a shiny photograph of the reality and treats tragedy as a traditional venue within which to discover the human soul. Staley's analyzing of Seneca's performs attracts on present scholarship approximately Stoicism in addition to at the writings of Renaissance authors like Sir Philip Sidney, who borrowed from Seneca the note "idea" to designate what we might now label as a "theory" of tragedy. Seneca and the assumption of Tragedy will allure commonly to scholars and students of classics, historical philosophy, and English literature.

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Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

By Glen Berger

From the show’s cowriter who observed all of it firsthand, this is often the epic tale of the costliest, formidable, harmful, and arguable Broadway musical of all-time: Spider-Man.

As you can think, writing a Broadway musical has its demanding situations. however it seems there are demanding situations one can’t think whilst participating with rock legends and a star director to degree the most important, costliest creation in theater historical past.

Song of Spider-Man is playwright Glen Berger’s tale of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come real. popular director Julie Taymor picked Berger to cowrite the e-book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together—along with U2’s Bono and area— they might form a piece that was once technically bold and emotionally profound, with a narrative fueled by means of the hero’s quest for love—and the villains’ quest for revenge. Or a minimum of, that’s what they’d was hoping for.

But while charismatic manufacturer Tony Adams died unexpectedly, the express started to lose its footing. quickly the price range was once ballooning, financing used to be evaporating, and manufacturers have been leaping send or getting demoted. after which got here the wounds. And then got here word-of- mouth concerning the exhibit itself. What was once a competition of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more-harrowing mishaps, and a complete lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama,” with its $65 million ticket, had develop into extra of a spectacle than its creators ever needed for. in the course of the show’s extraordinary seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to arrive starting evening encouraged breathless tabloid insurance and garnered foreign notoriety.

Through all of it, Berger saw the chaos together with his signature mixture of immense ambition and self-deprecating humor. music of Spider-Man files the adventure of this solid and workforce as a hilarious memoir approximately friendship, collaboration, the foibles of hubris, and the facility of paintings to remind us that we’re alive.

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Historical Dictionary of German Theater (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)

By William Grange

Greater than mere leisure, German theater was once a very important section of culture―often influencing society and politics in German-speaking countries―whose impression progressively reached a lot additional with the emergence of exceptional playwrights like Goethe, Schiller, Hauptmann, and Brecht, in addition to unparalleled dramas equivalent to Faust and The Threepenny Opera.

The Historical Dictionary of German Theater covers the sector of theater functionality within the German language, targeting German-speaking Europe, via a chronology, a listing of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and a number of other hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on major playwrights, administrators, manufacturers, designers, actors, performs, theaters, towns, dramatic genres, and pursuits similar to the Sturm und Drang, Naturalism, and Expressionism.

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Fifty Key Theatre Directors (Routledge Key Guides)

Fifty Key Theatre Directors covers the paintings of practitioners who've formed and driven again the limits of theatre and function. The authors supply transparent and insightful overviews of the ways and influence of 50 of the main influential administrators of the 20 th and twenty-first century from world wide. They include:

  • Anne Bogart
  • Peter Brook
  • Lev Dodin
  • Declan Donnellan
  • Jerzy Grotowski
  • Elizabeth LeCompte
  • Joan Littlewood
  • Ariane Mnouchkine.

Each access discusses a director's key productions, rules and practice session tools, successfully combining idea and perform. the result's an amazing advisor to the realm of theatre for practitioners, theatregoers and scholars.

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The Man Who Had All the Luck

By Arthur Miller

It took greater than fifty years for the guy Who Had all of the good fortune to be liked for what it really is: the 1st stirrings of a genius that may pass directly to blossom in such masterpieces as dying of a salesperson and The Crucible. Infused with the ethical malaise of the melancholy period, the drama facilities on David Beeves, a guy whose each challenge to private luck turns out to collapse prior to him. yet his success simply serves to bare the tragedies of these round him in larger reduction, providing facts of a capricious god or, worse, a godless, arbitrary universe. David's trip towards achievement turns into a nightmare of existential doubts, a determined take hold of for cause in a cosmos probably with out any, and a fight that may take him to the threshold of insanity.

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Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic

By Bertolt Brecht

This quantity deals a big collection of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking serious writing. the following, prepared in chronological order, are essays from 1918 to 1956, during which Brecht explores his definition of the Epic Theatre and his thought of alienation-effects in directing, performing, and writing, and discusses, between different works, The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, mom braveness, Puntila, and Galileo. additionally incorporated is "A brief Organum for the Theatre," Brecht's such a lot entire exposition of his progressive philosophy of drama.

Translated and edited via John Willett, Brecht on Theater is vital to an figuring out of 1 of the 20th century's so much influential dramatists.

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