This book takes a critical look at the work of one of the twentieth-century's most influential playwrights from the viewpoint of those whose job it is to give the work life on the stage. From personal experience of over seventy productions, from interviews with numerous Beckett actors and directors, and in rare conversations with the playwright himself, Kalb addresses such fundamental questions as: is the task of performing Beckett categorically different from that of performing other forms of theatre? Is the audience's role different, and if so, how? The result is a new insight into particular problems of producing Beckett's early and late works, television plays, and prose works adapted for the stage. The book contains numerous performance photographs and an appendix of interviews with actors and directors involved in seminal Beckett productions.
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- Date Published: September 1991
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521423793
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 151 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Part I. Acting:
2. Rockaby and the art of inadvertent interpretation
3. Considerations of acting in the early plays
4. Considerations of acting in the late plays
Part II. Directing:
5. Underground staging in perspective
6. Eh Joe, Dis Joe, He Joe: toward a television icon
7. The gamble of staging prose fiction
8. Conclusion: the question of context
Part III. Conservations: Notes
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