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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 ...
Asian-American theatre

Asian-American theatre  

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In the late eighteenth century representations of Asia could be found on the American stage, usually offered or performed by non-Asians using racialized make-up, settings, and costumes to denote the ...
café theatre

café theatre  

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A loose term deriving from the French café concerts of the nineteenth century in which drinkers and diners were offered an accompanying programme of entertainment. It had similarities with variety ...
Caffe Cino

Caffe Cino  

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New York coffee house that became one of the first performance spaces of the Off-Off-Broadway movement. Joseph Cino opened the café in 1958, and simultaneously opened his doors to a ...
Circle Repertory Company

Circle Repertory Company  

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Off-Broadway theatre. Founded in 1969 by Tanya Berezin, Marshall W. Mason, Robert Thirkield and Lanford Wilson, who had worked together at La MaMa and Caffé Cino and at the American ...
Classic Greek Drama in America

Classic Greek Drama in America  

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American playgoers relatively early were afforded opportunities to see many of the great Greek dramatic stories performed, albeit not in translations directly from the Greek. A version of the Medea ...
Denise Stoklos

Denise Stoklos  

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(1950– )Working as playwright, director, and performer in solo performance pieces since 1979, Brazilian artist Stoklos has won a large international audience. Her pieces, such as Mary Stuart (1987), ...
Ellen Stewart

Ellen Stewart  

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(b. Alexandria, Los Angeles, 7 Oct. 1920)Producer. While working as a fashion designer she opened a boutique theatre in a New York basement in 1961 and launched the influential ...
Franz Marijnen

Franz Marijnen  

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(1943– )Flemish director and manager. After study in Brussels, Marijnen spent a training period at Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Laboratory Theatre in Wrocław. Invited to work at La Mama in New ...
fringe theatre

fringe theatre  

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In Britain offers a platform for productions that because of their political content, experimental nature, or unfamiliarity are unlikely to succeed in more conventional surroundings. The term dates ...
gay theatre and performance

gay theatre and performance  

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Theatrical production conceived and performed by gay men for gay audiences. In America, the movement is usually linked to the establishment of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway in the 1960s such as ...
Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein  

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(1954–),playwright, author of Torch Song Trilogy (1981), a breakthrough serious drama about homosexuals, made into a movie (1988) with the playwright as lead. He adapted from the French La ...
Holland Festival

Holland Festival  

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Founded in June 1947 (a few months earlier than the Edinburgh and Avignon festivals) to import internationally acclaimed events to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and the smaller Dutch towns. Now ...
Jean-Claude Van Itallie

Jean-Claude Van Itallie  

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(b. Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 1936)American playwright born in Belgium. Heightening social critique through theatrical metaphor, he catapulted into the vanguard of experimentalists with America ...
JoAnne Akalaitis

JoAnne Akalaitis  

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(b. 1937), director.One of the American theatre's most controversial artists, she has worked with many different groups over the years, often inciting praise and outrage at her unconventional ...
João Perry

João Perry  

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(1940– )Portuguese actor and director. He began his career in 1953 at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II and became a permanent actor there in 1978, but during the 1960s ...
La Mama

La Mama  

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Australian theatre established by Betty Burstall in Melbourne in 1967 after she experienced the informal intimacy and innovation of alternative New York theatre, particularly the La Mama Experimental ...
La Mama, Teatro

La Mama, Teatro  

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Colombian group, founded in Bogotá in 1968 by a group of artists who counted on the support of Ellen Stewart of La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York. The ...
Leonard Melfi

Leonard Melfi  

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(b. New York, 21 Feb. 1935)Playwright. Melfi's best work is in his early short plays, performed at the Café La Mama, like Birdbath (1965) or Times Square (1966), in ...
Megan Terry

Megan Terry  

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(b. Seattle, Wash., 22 July 1932)Playwright. Founding member of the New York Open Theater and playwright-in-residence, 1963–8. Since 1974 she has been literary manager of the Omaha Magic Theatre ...

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