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The American Theatre Reader

The American Theatre Reader


On the occasion of American Theatre magazine’s 25th anniversary, the editors selected the best essays and interviews from its pages to provide an intimate look at the people, plays and events that have shaped the American theatre over the past quarter-century. More than 100 artists, critics and theatre professionals are gathered in this one-of-a-kind collection, from the visionaries who conceived of a diverse and thriving national theatre community to the practitioners who have made that dream a reality. The American Theatre Reader captures their wide-ranging stories in a single compelling volume, essential reading for theatre professionals and theatre-goers alike.

ARTICLES AND ESSAYS BY Arthur Bartow, Eric Bentley, Lee Breuer, Peter Brook, Robert Brustein, Harold Clurman, Kia Corthron, Eisa Davis, Steven Dietz, Tom Donaghy, Zelda Fichandler, Athol Fugard, Mel Gussow, Tyrone Guthrie, Joseph Haj, W. David Hancock, Paul Carter Harrison, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Naomi Iizuka, Jeffrey M. Jones, Jon Jory, Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Eva Le Gallienne, Mark Lamos, Todd London, W. McNeil Lowry, Charles Ludlam, Robert MacNeil, James Magruder, Charles Marowitz, Robert Marx, Charles L. Mee, Richard Nelson, Timothy Near, Marsha Norman, Julius Novick, Robert O’Hara, Suzan-Lori Parks, Hal Prince, Theresa Rebeck, Frank Rich, José Rivera, Steven Sater, David Savran, Lisa Schlesinger, Alan Schneider, Peter Schumann, David Schein, Betty Shamieh, Wallace Shawn, Don Shewey, Anna Deavere Smith, Diana Son, Studs Terkel, Richard Thomas, Naomi Wallace, Douglas Turner Ward, Ross Wetzsteon, Jaan Whitehead, Zhang Xian and others.

CONVERSATIONS WITH F. Murray Abraham, Anne Bogart, Robert Brustein, Gordon Davidson, Olympia Dukakis, Gina Gionfriddo, Adam Guettel, Lorraine Hansberry, Lillian Hellman, Jonathan Larson, Kristin Linklater, Arthur Miller, Joseph Papp, Will Power, Adam Rapp, Bill Rauch, Marian Seldes, John Patrick Shanley, Fiona Shaw, Sam Shephard, Gary Sinise, Stephen Sondheim, Wole Soyinka, Luis Valdez, Kate Valk, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., Peter Zeisler and others.

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