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Abe Kōbō

Abe Kōbō  

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(1924–93)Japanese existentialist novelist, playwright, and director. The experience of being raised in Manchuria and repatriated to Japan after the war bred in Abe a sense of rootless individualism, ...
Andrei Serban

Andrei Serban  

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(b. 1943), director.The internationally known director, who uses minimalism, nontraditional music, and avant‐garde approaches to classic texts, was born in Bucharest, Romania, where his productions ...
Aurelio Tolentino

Aurelio Tolentino  

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(1867–1915)Filipino revolutionary writer. In 1896 Tolentino was an avid member of the Philippine revolutionary movement called the Katipunan, headed by Andres Bonifacio. Throughout the revolution ...
auto sacramental

auto sacramental  

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Spanish term for the religious play in the vernacular which derived from the Latin liturgical drama. Although its development followed in general that of the mystery play, it had by ...
biblical plays

biblical plays  

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Plays that dramatize portions of the scriptures, sometimes embellished with material from the Apocrypha, sacred legend, or historical writings such as those of Josephus, were the dominant form of ...
Dramatic Performances Act

Dramatic Performances Act  

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British colonial act to control Indian theatre through a process of licensing, censorship, and banning of plays. After 1872, when Dinabandhu Mitra's incendiary Nil Darpan (Indigo Mirror) initiated ...
dreams and theatre

dreams and theatre  

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Freud suggests a firm analogy between dream and theatre, on the grounds of conceiving dream as an ur-theatre in which the psyche is the author, performer of text, text itself ...
Dunduzu Chisiza, Jr.

Dunduzu Chisiza, Jr.  

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(1963–99)Malawian actor, playwright, and director. In 1983 he founded Wakhumbata Ensemble Theatre and built it into Malawi's only professional troupe. A prolific playwright, several of his over ...
Evgeny Shvarts

Evgeny Shvarts  

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(1896–1958)Russian/Soviet dramatist who specialized in plays for children and ‘fairy tales for adults’. His first play, Underwood (1929), is about a witch who steals a typewriter but who is ...
Francisco Baltazar

Francisco Baltazar  

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(1788–1862)Filipino poet and playwright. Born in Bulacan, Baltazar was also known as Balagtas, a name he took from his benefactor. He composed a wealth of lyric poems and metrical ...
Georgy Tovstonogov

Georgy Tovstonogov  

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(1915–89)Soviet/Russian director. Appointed artistic director of the Bolshoi Drama Theatre in Leningrad in 1957, Tovstonogov merged the approaches of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, mixing figurative ...
Heisnam Kanhailal

Heisnam Kanhailal  

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(1942– )Director and writer from Manipur, India. Kanhailal has explored non-verbal, physical, ensemble acting in numerous theatre pieces, steeped in the indigenous myths and conventions of Meitei ...
Ictus

Ictus  

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Chilean troupe created in 1955 which became the most important private theatre in Santiago. The group's first works were experimental, such as El velero en la botella (The Ship in ...
Jacob Duym

Jacob Duym  

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(1547–1612 or 1624)Flemish-born playwright. After serving in the army of William of Orange he settled in Leiden in the Netherlands, where he became a leading member of the immigrant ...
Jesuit Drama

Jesuit Drama  

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School drama performed in educational institutions run by members of the Jesuit order; the term is sometimes more generally used as a designation for Catholic university and school drama across ...
John Ruganda

John Ruganda  

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(1941–2007)Ugandan director and playwright. A founding member of the Makerere Travelling Theatre, Ruganda left Idi Amin's Uganda in 1973 for Kenya, where he founded the Nairobi University Free ...
John Whiting

John Whiting  

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(1917–63),playwright, whose plays marked a historic break from the prevailing vogue for drawing‐room comedy. They include A Penny for a Song (1956, pub. 1969), Saint's Day (perf. and pub. 1951), ...
José Celso Martinez Corrêa

José Celso Martinez Corrêa  

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(1937– )Brazilian director. Also known as Zé Celso, Corrêa was one of the most creative forces in Brazilian theatre and a founder of Oficina Theatre in São Paulo (1958, reorganized ...
Kandukuri Veeresalingam

Kandukuri Veeresalingam  

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(1848–1919)Telugu dramatist, novelist, editor and social reformer from Andhra Pradesh, India. Concerned primarily with women's education and widow remarriage, he is also remembered for his seminal ...
Leonid Zorin

Leonid Zorin  

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(1924– )Russian/Soviet dramatist, born in Azerbaijan. He came to international notice with Guests (1954), which deals with a new upper class spoiled by power and which places the blame on ...

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