The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theater Samuel L. Leiter

ISBN: 9780816026029

Published: May 1st 1994

Hardcover

352 pages


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The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theater  by  Samuel L. Leiter

The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theater by Samuel L. Leiter
May 1st 1994 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 352 pages | ISBN: 9780816026029 | 5.53 Mb

What is the common perception of a stage director? A dictator and tyrant? An aloof impresario? A self-indulgent artist? An enigmatic choreographer of words and movement? A skillful diplomat negotiating the egos and whims of producers, playwrights,MoreWhat is the common perception of a stage director? A dictator and tyrant? An aloof impresario? A self-indulgent artist?

An enigmatic choreographer of words and movement? A skillful diplomat negotiating the egos and whims of producers, playwrights, and actors? The guiding force in a collaborative endeavor? In fact, the stage director is all these things and more, one who labors to present his or her dream to the world by deploying a unique ensemble of stage professionals. The great stage director is one who creates a legacy of inspirational theatrical productions. Stage directors come from a variety of backgrounds and employ diverse working methods.

Henry Irving began his career as an actor- Martha Clarke was an acrobatic dancer- Guthrie McClintic worked as an assistant stage manager- George Bernard Shaw was a critic and playwright- and Orson Welles, a child prodigy, co-edited three of Shakespeares plays shortly after he was graduated from high school. Some directors attempt to imbue a creative state in their actors (e.g., Konstantin Stanislavsky), some dictate every movement and inflection (e.g., Richard Foreman), and others try to find the magic point in a production (e.g., Ingmar Bergman) to achieve their ends.

But all great stage directors have the following in common: a glowing vision of the theaters possibilities- a unique temperament or persona- and an innovative, highly influential technique. The Great Stage Directors is one of the few comprehensive overviews of this complex artistic craft, from early masters such as David Garrick and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to contemporary talents such as Elizabeth LeCompte and Harold Prince.

Each of its detailed entries contains abrief biography, a thorough career summary, accounts of major productions, and an investigation into the working methods, stage personality, and overall influence on the theatrical world of the director under discussion. The book is international in scope and covers directors of farc



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