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Bertolt Brecht

(1898—1956) German dramatist, producer, and poet

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Abdelkader Farrah

Abdelkader Farrah  

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(1926– )Algerian-born designer, teacher, and self-taught painter. In 1949 he was commissioned to paint a 100 m (330 feet) square mural for the Carmelite College at Fontainebleau, which was seen ...
acting

acting  

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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
Acting Company

Acting Company  

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American theatre group. Originally called the City Center Acting Company, this group was founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley as a bridge between academic training and professional ...
Actor's Workshop

Actor's Workshop  

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A regional theatre company founded in 1952 by Herbert Blau and Jules Irving, both professors at San Francisco State College. It focused on the furthering of the individual performer's abilities ...
agitprop

agitprop  

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Formed from the title of the Department of Agitation and Propaganda founded in 1920 in Soviet Russia, Agit-prop was intended to control the ideological thinking of the masses. Agit-prop trains toured ...
Agnes Bernelle

Agnes Bernelle  

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B. Agnes Bernauer, 1923, Berlin, Germany, d. 16 February 1999, Eire. Bernelle’s Hungarian-born father, Rudolph Bernauer, was a theatre owner who also wrote lyrics, and Marlene Dietrich was a family ...
Ajoka

Ajoka  

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Founded in 1980 by Madeeha Gauhar in Lahore, Ajoka is a leading alternative theatre in Pakistan. Meaning ‘dawn of a new day’ in Punjabi, Ajoka began with street theatre against ...
Al Pacino

Al Pacino  

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1940– )US film actor, who has made many outstanding films.Of Sicilian descent, Pacino was brought up in New York City, where he attended the High School for the Performing Arts and the Actors' ...
Alberto Isola

Alberto Isola  

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(1953– )Peruvian actor, director, and member of Ensayo in Lima (1983). He studied at Peru's Catholic University, Milan's Piccolo Teatro School, the Drama Centre in London, and Eugenio Barba's ...
Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre  

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Chekhov might have enjoyed the irony: the London theatre that saw the first production in England of The Cherry Orchard (in 1911, six years after the 1,100-seater opened) became best ...
Alf Sjöberg

Alf Sjöberg  

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(1903–80),Swedish director and manager attached to the Royal Dramatic Theatre from 1925, first as an actor and from 1929 as director. His imaginative direction and sensitive psychological ...
Alfred Farag

Alfred Farag  

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(1929–2005)Egyptian playwright. Farag's experimentation with different forms and styles makes him difficult to categorize. His plays generally exhibit a blend of Western representational and ...
Alfred Jarry

Alfred Jarry  

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(1873–1907),French poet and dramatist, whose Ubu-roi is now considered the founder-play of the modern avant-garde theatre. Written when Jarry was 15 years old and first performed in 1888 as ...
Alfred Kerr

Alfred Kerr  

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(b. Breslau, Germany, 25 Dec. 1867; d. Hamburg, 12 Oct. 1948)Theatre critic. Kerr was an enthusiastic admirer of naturalism, and therefore championed the plays of such writers as Ibsen ...
Algiers

Algiers  

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(Al-Djazair)Capital of Algeria and centre of its political, economic, social, and cultural life. A major port, Algiers was always open to outside influences, and its modern theatre developed, like ...
alienation effect

alienation effect  

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A term used to describe attempts by author or director to prevent the reader or audience from identifying with, trusting, or taking for granted what is happening in the text or on stage: such devices ...
amateur theatre

amateur theatre  

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In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances closely ...
American Repertory Theatre

American Repertory Theatre  

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Troupe founded by Eva le Gallienne and Margaret Webster in New York, operating in 1946 and 1947. Its goal of producing classical repertory proved impossible in the face of insufficient ...
ancient Greek theatre

ancient Greek theatre  

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1. Origins of theatre in Greece; 2. Late Archaic and Classical Greek theatre (508–317 bc); 3. Hellenistic theatre (317–86 bc); 4. Greek theatre under the Roman Empire (86 bc–ad 692); 5. Greek ...
André Acquart

André Acquart  

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(b. Vincennes, Paris, 12 Nov. 1922)Designer. He began designing in Algiers, where he was educated, and in 1951 moved back to Paris, where he became a key figure in ...

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