Albee in Performance

Albee in Performance

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By (author) Rakesh Herald Solomon, Foreword by Edward Albee

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 10 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253222052
  • ISBN 13: 9780253222053
  • Illustrations note: 20 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,008,221

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A premiere playwright, Edward Albee is also a gifted director. "Albee in Performance" details Albee's directorial vision and how that vision animates his plays. Having had extraordinary access to Albee as director, Rakesh H. Solomon reveals how Albee has shaped his plays in performance, the attention he pays to each aspect of theatre, and how his conception of the key plays he has directed has evolved over a five-decade career. Solomon pays careful attention to the major works, from "The American Dream" and "Zoo Story" to Albee's best-known work, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", as well as to later plays such as "Marriage Play" and "Three Tall Women". The book also includes interviews with Albee and his collaborators on all aspects of staging, from rehearsal to performance.

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Rakesh H. Solomon teaches in the Department of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University Bloomington.

Review quote

"What is so enjoyable about this study is that it reflects all the complex choices that go into staging a live performance." Matthew Roudane, Georgia State University "Anyone wishing to study not only me as a director/author, but the creative mind at practical work will be gratified." Edward Albee

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Foreword by Edward Albee 1. Albee in the Theatre; 2. Casting Practices and Director's Preparation; 3. The American Dream; 4. The Zoo Story; 5. Fam and Yam and The Sandbox; 6. Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung; 7. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; 8. Marriage Play; 9. Three Tall Women; 10. Albee's Double Authoring; 11. Albee and His Collaborators on Staging Albee: From The Zoo Story to The Goat: Albee Directs Albee, The Lady From Dubuque, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee Directs Beckett, Marriage Play, Three Tall Women, The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia? Works Cited; Index