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Theatre for Beginners

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"The reigning (and often brilliant) king of enervation in experimental theatre . . . one of the few truly original experimental theater auteurs to emerge in New York during the past decade."—The New York Times

"A downtown writer and director with a distinctive deadpan aesthetic."—Time Out New York

"His work is troubling. . . . But the trouble is intriguing and fruitful in itself, and therefore worth having."—The Village Voice

Richard Maxwell, the downtown writer and director with a deadpan aesthetic and an ever-innovative body of work, has written a quasi-study guide to the art of making theater according to his "affecting affectless technique" (The New York Times). This illuminating volume will provide students and artists with a deeper understanding of Maxwell's work, aesthetic philosophy, and process for creating theater.

Richard Maxwell is a playwright and program director living in New York. He was a founder of the Cook County acting at Illinois State University in Chicago, and he is now the Aartistic director of New York City Players and a resident writer at New Dramtists. Maxwell has received a number of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and OBIE Award. His plays have been commissioned and presented in over sixteen countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina, and Australia.


A unique meditation on the art and practice of theater, from one of its most original thinkers and practitioners.

About the Author

RICHARD MAXWELL, born in 1967 (Fargo), Maine East High School (Park Ridge), Studied acting at Illinois State University (Normal), Co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department (Chicago), Artistic Director of New York City Players, Resident Writer at New Dramatists, Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Obie Award and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Plays, 1996-2000 is published by Theater Communications Group.

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Theatre Communications Group
Theater - History & Criticism
Maxwell, Richard
Drama -- History and criticism.
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