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An Ideal Theater
is a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by the noted writer and arts commentator, Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling this collection. This celebration of the artists who came before is an exhilarating look backward, as well as toward the future, and includes contributions from:
Jane Addams William Ball Julian Beck Herbert Blau Angus Bowmer Bernard Bragg Maurice Browne Robert Brustein Alison Carey Joseph Chaikin Harold Clurman Dudley Cocke Alice Lewisohn Crowley Gordon Davidson R. G. Davis Doris Derby W. E. B. Du Bois Zelda Fichandler Hallie Flanagan Eva Le Gallienne Robert E. Gard Susan Glaspell André Gregory Tyrone Guthrie John Houseman Jules Irving Margo Jones Frederick H. Koch Lawrence Langner W. McNeil Lowry Charles Ludlam Judith Malina Theodore Mann Gilbert Moses Michaela OHarra John ONeal Joseph Papp Robert Porterfield José Quintero Bill Rauch Bernard Sahlins Richard Schechner Peter Schumann Maurice Schwartz Gary Sinise Ellen Stewart Lee Strasberg Luis Miguel Valdez Nina Vance Douglas Turner Ward
As well as the founding visions of theatres from across the country:
The Actors Studio The Actor's Workshop Alley Theatre American Conservatory Theater American Repetory Theater Arena Stage Barter Theatre Bread and Puppet Theater The Carolina Playmakers The Chicago Little Theater Circle in the Square Theatre The Civic Repertory Theatre Cornerstone Theater Company The Federal Theatre Project Ford Foundation Program in Humanities and the Arts The Free Southern Theater The Group Theatre The Hull-House Dramatic Association KRIGWA Players The Living Theatre La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club The Mark Taper Forum The Mercury Theatre Minnesota Theater Company (Guthrie Theater) The National Theatre of the Deaf The Negro Ensemble Company The Negro Theatre Project, Federal Theatre Project The Neighborhood Playhouse New Dramatists The New York Shakespeare Festival The Open Theater Oregon Shakespeare Festival The Performance Group The Provincetown Players The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center The Ridiculous Theatrical Company Roadside Theater The San Francisco Mime Troupe The Second City Steppenwolf Theatre Company El Teatro Campesino Theater '47 The Theatre Guild The Theatre of the Living Arts The Washington Square Players The Wisconsin Idea Theater Yale Repertory Theatre The Yiddish Art Theatre
An inspiring collection of the dreams and visions of the founders of the American theater movement.
A wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theater movement as told, at the time of its making, by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters, and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by the noted writer and arts commentator Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling this collection. The founding visions of theaters from across the country are represented here, including: Arena Stage (Washington, DC), El Teatro Campesino (California), Barter Theatre (Virginia), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Roadside Theater (Kentucky), Second City (Illinois), Theatre 47 (Dallas), Bread and Puppet (Vermont), The Actor's Workshop (California), Public Theater (New York), Minnesota Theatre Company, The Group Theatre (New York), and dozens more. This celebration of the artists who came before is an exhilarating look backward, as well as toward the future.
Todd London is in his fifteenth season as artistic director of the Tony Award-winning New Dramatists, where he has worked closely with more than a hundred of America's leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. The author of The Artistic Home and Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play, he has written, edited, and/or contributed to eleven books.
About the Author
TODD LONDON is in his fifteenth season as artistic director of New Dramatists, where he has worked closely with more than a hundred of Americas leading playwrights and advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. A former Managing Editor of American Theatre magazine and the author of The Artistic Home, published by TCG, he has written, edited, and/or contributed to eleven books. Last fall saw the completion and publication of Theatre Development Funds (TDF) Outrageous Fortune, a four-year study of new play production in America, for which Todd has served as project director and senior writer. His particular brand of advocacy journalism has focused on both the lives and livelihoods of individual artists and on the not-for-profit theatre movement, especially the impact of institutionalization on the field. His magazine essays and articles on the theatre have been translated for publication in Russia, North and South Africa, Scandinavia, Serbia, and Romania. Todd won the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his essays in American Theatre and a Milestone Award for his first novel, The Worlds Room, published by Steerforth Press. In 2001 he accepted a special Tony® Honor on behalf of New Dramatists, and in 2005 he represented New Dramatists at the Obie Awards, where the organization was honored with the Ross Wetzsteon Award for excellence. In 2009, Todd was recognized by TCG with the inaugural Visionary Leadership Award, for an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the theatre field as a whole, nationally and/or internationally.