A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama: Volume 3, Beyond Broadway

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Cambridge University Press, 1985 M05 2 - 485 pages
In this, the third and final volume of his critical account of American drama in the twentieth century, Christopher Bigsby turns from the text-oriented drama of Williams, Miller and Albee (volume 2) in order to trace other, parallel theatrical developments of the post-war period, including contemporary groups and playwrights. Beyond Broadway denotes the geographical and spiritual challenges to prevailing standards which so fragmented the theatre of the 1960s in particular. Following his analysis of the Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway playwrights and theatres, Dr Bigsby separates the period into four main areas: performance theatre (including the Living Theatre and the Performance Group); the conjunction of dance, music and painting with drama in the 'theatre of images'; two successful contemporary playwrights, Sam Shepard and David Mamet; and finally the committed theatre exemplified in the San Francisco Mime Troupe and Chicano, black and women's theatre.
 

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Contents

BEYOND BROADWAY
1
Zen Happenings Artaud Grotowski
39
PERFORMANCE THEATRE
63
The Living Theatre
74
The Open Theatre
97
The Performance Group
124
THE THEATRE OF IMAGES ART THEATRE AND THE REAL
147
Robert Wilson
165
The San Francisco Mime Troupe
334
Bread and Puppet
343
El Teatro Campesino
355
American Indian theatre
365
Black theatre
375
Gay theatre
416
Womens theatre
420
Afterword
441

Richard Foreman
190
Lee Breuer
204
THE PLAYWRIGHT
219
Sam Shepard
221
David Mamet
251
THE THEATRE OF COMMITMENT
291
Appendix
442
Notes
446
Bibliography
468
Index
475
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