Seven Plays

Author: Sam Shepard
ISBN: 9780739415160
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Presents seven dark works by American playwright Sam Shepard, which span 1968-1981 and deal with such themes as family disturbances and the loss of American myths.

The Cambridge Companion To Sam Shepard

Author: Matthew Roudané
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521777667
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Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional American theatres. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and scholarly audience. In this collection of seventeen original essays, American and European authors from different professional and academic backgrounds explore the various aspects of Shepard s career - his plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work. The volume covers the major plays, including Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and True West, as well as other lesser known but vitally important works. A thorough chronology of Shepard s life and career, together with biographical chapters, a note from the legendary Joseph Chaikin, and an interview with the playwright, give a fascinating first-hand account of an exuberant and experimental personality.

Contemporary American Drama

Author: Annette Saddik
Editor: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 074863066X
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This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the United States in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions. It focuses on representative plays and performance texts that experiment with form and content, discussing influential playwrights and performance artists such as Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finley and Will Power, alongside avant-garde theatre groups. Saddik traces the development of contemporary drama since 1945, and discusses the cross-cultural impact of postwar British and European innovations on American theatre from the 1950s to the present day in order to examine the performance of American identity. She argues that contemporary American theatre is primarily a postmodern drama of inclusion and diversity that destabilizes the notion of fixed identity and questions the nature of reality.

Staging Masculinity

Author: Carla J. McDonough
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786402687
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The men in plays such as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman or Sam Shephard's True West are often presented as universal; little attention is given to the gender dynamics involved in the characters. This work looks at how contemporary playwrights, including Miller, Shepard, Eugene O'Neill, David Mamet, and August Wilson, stage masculinity in their works. It becomes apparent that male playwrights return often to the issues of troubled manhood, usually masked in other issues such as war, business or family. The plays indicate both the attractiveness of the model of traditional masculinity and the illusive nature of this image, which all too often fractures and fails the characters who pursue it. O'Neill's play The Hairy Ape and the character Yank receive much attention.

Rereading Shepard

Author: Leonard Wilcox
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1349225096
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Rereading Shepard draws together 13 original theoretical perspectives on one of America's most important contemporary playwrights. Representing a range of critical appraoches - including semiotics, deconstruction, and feminism - the essays address recent debates emerging in Shepard criticism. These include the status of Shepard's texts within the modernist tradition on the one hand and a developing post-modernism on the other, and the feminist debate over Shepard's drama - does it reinforce a masculinist world or does it provide some oppositional stance toward patriarchal 'master narratives'?

American Realism And The Plays Of Sam Shepard

Author: Robert Hammond Collins
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Strategies Of Menace In The Plays Of John Whiting Harold Pinter And Sam Shepard

Author: Johanna S. Dickey
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The Theatre Of Caryl Churchill

Author: R. Darren Gobert
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408154536
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The Theatre of Caryl Churchill documents and analyses the major plays and productions of one of Britain's greatest and most innovative playwrights. Drawing on hundreds of never-before-seen archival sources from the US and the UK, it provides an essential guide to Churchill's groundbreaking work for students and theatregoers. Each chapter illuminates connections across plays and explores major scripts alongside unpublished and unfinished projects. Each considers the rehearsal room, the stage, and the printed text. Each demonstrates how Churchill has pushed the boundaries of dramatic aesthetics while posing urgent political and theoretical questions. But since each maps Churchill's work in a different way, each deploys a different reading practice - for many approaches are necessary to characterise such a restlessly imaginative and prolific career. Through its five interlocking parts, The Theatre of Caryl Churchill tells a story about the playwright, her work, and its place in contemporary drama.

Staging A Cultural Paradigm

Author: Miriam López-Rodríguez
Editor: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
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The conflict between the political and the personal, an opposition which pervades the whole of American Literature, informs the essays on twentieth-century American theater gathered in this volume. Prominent theater scholars from Europe and America address the cultural paradigm created by the clash of private needs with public expectations. The difficulty of reconciling the two has led many dramatists to turn to the complexities of intertextuality in order to express their rebellions and rejections of inherited cultural values and myths. Essays on Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Susan Glaspell, H.M. Koutoukas, Dolores Prida, or Suzan Lori-Parks (to name but a few of the dramatists discussed here) reflect the vibrancy of American drama and the depth of the interaction of the political with the personal. Contents: Barbara Ozieblo: Introduction: The Political and the Personal in American Drama - Brenda Murphy: Tennessee Williams and Cold-War Politics - Ana Anton-Pacheco: Coping with the Personal: Tennessee Williams's Minimalist Plays - Gary Harrington: The Smashed Mirror: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire - Stuart Marlow: Interrogating The Crucible: Revisiting the Biographical, Historical and Political Sources of Arthur Miller's Play - Russell DiNapoli: Maxwell Anderson's Misuse of Poetic Discourse in Winterset - Johan Callens: Going Public, Performing Stein - Cheryl Black/Robert K. Sarlos: On the Threshold of Sexual Politics in American Theater and Drama: The Provincetown Players - Marcia Noe: The New Woman in the Plays of Susan Glaspell - Marta Fernandez-Morales: The Two Spheres in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and The Verge - Karin Ikas: The Promise and the Reality of the American Dream inMexican-American Plays - Maria Luisa Ochoa-Fernandez: Weaving the Personal and the Political in Dolores Prida's Beautiful Senoritas, Coser y Cantar and Botanica - Mar Gallego: Redefining African-American Female Space: Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun and Ntozake Shange's for colored girls - Araceli Gonzalez-Crespan: Against - Ruby Lip and Saucy Curl: Breaking the Great Divide among Women in Beah Richards's A Black Woman Speaks - Stephen J. Bottoms: Untidying Her Passions: The Medea of H.M. Koutoukas - Antonia Rodriguez-Gago: Re-Creating Herstory: Suzan-Lori Parks's Venus - Claudia Barnett: - In Your Dreams : Deb Margolin's Fantasy/Drama - Felix Martin-Gutierrez: Fragments from the Political Unconscious in Adrienne Kennedy's Plays - La Vinia Delois Jennings: Reflection of Self as Other: Mimetic Parallels between Minstrelsy and Anna Deveare Smith's Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities - Katherine Weiss: Sam Shepard's Family Trilogy: Breaking Down Mythical Prisons - Ines Cuenca-Aguilar: Representations of Women in Sam Shepard's Theater - N.J. Stanley: Screamingly Funny and Terrifyingly Shocking: Paula Vogel as Domestic Detective."

Text Und Kontext In Der Modernen Englischsprachigen Literatur

Author: Armin Geraths
Editor: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
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Weder ein einseitig textimmanenter noch ein vornehmlich landeskundlich orientierter Interpretationsansatz konnte der Vielfalt englischsprachiger Literatur bisher gerecht werden. Der vorliegende Sammelband versucht deshalb, sowohl Textualität als auch Kontextualität als divergierende Raster vorzustellen und in der Anwendung auf kulturelle Einzelparadigmata zusammenzuführen. Die literarischen Beispiele sind den Kulturräumen England, Schottland, USA, Indien und Australien entnommen. Geschichte, Soziologie, Philosophie und Musikwissenschaft fungieren als systematisches Kontextmuster.