Contemporary American Drama by Annette Saddik

By Annette Saddik

This publication explores the advance of latest theatre within the usa in its ancient, political and theoretical dimensions. It specializes in consultant performs and function texts that test with shape and content material, discussing influential playwrights and function artists akin to Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finley and may energy, along avant-garde theatre groups.

Saddik strains the improvement of up to date drama given that 1945, and discusses the cross-cultural impression of postwar British and ecu recommendations on American theatre from the Fifties to the current day with a purpose to study the functionality of yank id. She argues that modern American theatre is essentially a postmodern drama of inclusion and variety that destabilizes the inspiration of mounted id and questions the character of reality.

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And Maria-Odilia Leal McBride (New York: Theatre Communications Group, ), p. xiv. . Ibid. p. .   Experimental Innovations After the Second World War A work of art is the expression of an incommunicable reality that one tries to communicate – and which sometimes can be communicated. That is its paradox and its truth. Eugène Ionesco, ‘The playwright’s role’,  S hortly after the First World War, German playwright Bertolt Brecht began influencing the direction of twentieth-century drama with his plays and innovative theories.

Martin Esslin, The Theatre of the Absurd (New York: Penguin Books, ), pp. –. . Christopher Innes, Avant-Garde Theatre (–) (London: Routledge, ), p. . .

Ibid. p. . 1. Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double, trans. Mary Caroline Richards (New York: Grove Press, ), p. . 1. Elin Diamond, ‘The shudder of catharsis in twentieth century performance’, in Performance and Performativity, ed. Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick (New York: Routledge, ), p. . 1. Artaud, The Theater and Its Double, p. . 1. Ibid. p. . . Ibid. p. . . Steven Connor, Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, ), pp.

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