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- DescriptionIn a remarkable adventure, Jacques Copeau brought the troupe of the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier to the Garrick Theatre in New York City in the fall of 1917. During the next two theater seasons, he staged more than forty different plays in repertory in French. He experimented with the use of both the treteau nu, a bare raised platform, for some of Moliere s farces and the loggia or unit set for all his plays. Copeau s experiments with scegraphy mark this period as a critical moment in the evolution of stage decor both in the United States and in Europe. Moreover, his development of a full repertory sometimes three new plays in a week demonstrated to the United States fledgling art theater movement how important a full repertory is for the actor s continued training. Jacques Copeau s Friends and Disciples brings to light the support Copeau received from a diverse group of personalities without whom his undertaking would t have been possible: Otto H. Kahn, financier and supporter of the arts; Mrs. Phillip Lydig, a grande dame of New York high society; Antonin Raymond, the Czech architect who revated the Garrick Theatre; Daisy Andrews, Copeau s tireless factotum; Louis Jouvet, stage manager, actor, and scegrapher; Charles Dullin, actor, director and teacher; Suzanne Bing, a member of the troupe who embodied Copeau s ideals; and lastly Agnes Thomsen Copeau, Copeau s loyal wife and companion. This study places the achievement of Copeau in the context of the developments of both European and American theater at the beginning of the twentieth century.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Thomas John Donahue is Professor of French at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of books on the theater of Fernando Arrabal and a semiotic approach to the theater text, as well as articles on Samuel Beckett, Antonin Artaud, and Suzanne Bing. His interests include the work of Ariane Mnouchkine, the use of the mask in actor training, and, most recently, the theater of Bernard-Marie Koltes.
- Author(s)Thomas John Donahue
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/11/2007
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Series TitleFrancophone Cultures & Literatures
- Series Part/Volume Number54
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content NoteIllustrations, ports.
- Weight480 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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