When Nietzsche called for the establishment of a metaphysical theater capable of healing the existential problems of his time, he helped provoke a revolution in Western theater. Playwrights were inspired to write plays about the audience, about its problems, hopes and fears. Yeats, Artaud, Brecht, Genet, Ionesco and other playwrights presented the abstract forces of modern society in a form which permits the spectator to contemplate them and find ways to master them.
The Author: E.D. Karampetsos holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate School. He has published The Sacrifice of Abraham, an adaptation of and introduction to a seventeenth century Greek play. His work has appeared in various journals including Comparative Literature Studies, World Literature Today, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Literary Half-Yearly and Film Quarterly.
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American University Studies Series 26: Theatre Arts