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Rochelle Owens

(b. Brooklyn, New York, 2 April 1936) Playwright and poet. She has been aligned by critics with Artaud's theatre of cruelty. Her fantastical plays are often grotesque in content ...

Owens, Rochelle

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Caldwell Titcomb

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Rochelle ( 1936–  ) American playwright and poet. Born Rochelle Bass in Brooklyn, Owens has been a leading exponent of avant-garde drama, in which she mines the subconscious and unflinchingly puts it on stage with all its perversity, cruelty, violence, and repulsive imagery. Her most famous work is Futz (published in 1961 and given its first New York production in 1967 , winning an Obie award ). A farmer enjoys sodomizing his pet pig, whom he regards as his wife; and the reactions of outraged villagers result in several deaths. Homo ( 1966 )...

Owens, Rochelle

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Rochelle ( 1936 – ) American playwright and poet , a leading exponent of *avant-garde drama. Her most famous work is Futz (published 1961 , New York production 1967 ). A farmer enjoys sodomizing his pet pig, whom he regards as his wife; and the reactions of outraged villagers result in several deaths. Homo ( 1966 ) deals with greed, xenophobia, and racial purity. The savage excesses of Beclch (pronounced ‘beklek’, 1966 ) lead to elephantiasis and self-strangulation. Owens occasionally turned to historical *characters —George and Martha...

Owens [Bass], Rochelle

Owens [Bass], Rochelle (2 April 1936)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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... [Bass], Rochelle (b. Brooklyn, New York , 2 April 1936 ) Playwright and poet . She has been aligned by critics with Artaud 's theatre of cruelty . Her fantastical plays are often grotesque in content while drawing on allegory and primitive myths. They include Futz ( 1965 ), about a man's love for a pig, Beclch ( 1967 ), Istanboul ( 1965 ) and two historical plays, The Karl Marx Play ( 1973 ) and Emma Instigated Me ( 1977 ). Jane...

Rochelle Owens

Rochelle Owens  

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(b. Brooklyn, New York, 2 April 1936)Playwright and poet. She has been aligned by critics with Artaud's theatre of cruelty. Her fantastical plays are often grotesque in content while ...
Passe Muraille, Theatre

Passe Muraille, Theatre  

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One of Toronto's first alternative theatres was founded in 1968 as the theatre wing of Rochdale College, a radical experiment in higher education. Its founder, Jim Garrard, initially produced new ...
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 ...
Off-Off-Broadway

Off-Off-Broadway  

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By the early 1970s, theatres started springing up across Manhattan and in the boroughs that served as an alternative to Off Broadway and Broadway. Deemed the most experimental and least ...
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

La Mama Experimental Theatre Club  

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(New York).Founded in Greenwich Village in 1962 by Ellen Stewart, the group is the city's oldest, most durable, and least compromising experimental theatre. The performance space originally was a ...
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Denis Johnston

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...Muraille, Theatre One of Toronto 's first alternative theatres was founded in 1968 as the theatre wing of Rochdale College, a radical experiment in higher education. Its founder, Jim Garrard , initially produced new American ensemble plays such as Rochelle Owens 's Futz , bringing headlines and obscenity charges in 1969 . After relocating to a church hall downtown, the company found national fame under Paul Thompson ( artistic director , 1971–82 ) with collective creations produced on Canadian themes. These included The Farm Show ( 1972 )...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Ireland

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2021
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...so called, such as La Roquette in Eure (Normandy). In Ireland Rockett was substituted for Rockell , which has the same original sense ‘little rock’. Early bearers: Richard de Rupella (de la Rochelle), 1253 in CDI §223 (Omany, Connacht); Richard de la Rochelle, 1253 in CDI §224 (Haghedrinn); Richard de la Rochelle [Rokele], 1254 in CDI §341; William de la Rochelle, 1291 in CDI §842 (Waterford); John de la Rokele, 1299 in Justiciary Rolls (Ireland) (Waterford); Richard Rokele, 1311 in Justiciary Rolls (Ireland) (Carlow); John Rockett, mayor of...

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...productions, Café La MaMa (as it is more popularly known as) has sponsored avant‐garde companies from around the world, such as Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Lab Theatre, and produced early works by Sam Shepard , Lanford Wilson , Harold Pinter , Andrei Serban , Megan Terry , Rochelle Owens , and many others. The group also tours extensively. Ellen STEWART ( 1919–2011 ) was born in Chicago, of Cajun ancestry, came to New York in the 1950 s, and worked as an elevator operator and clothing designer before opening her boutique that turned into a...

Stewart, Ellen

Stewart, Ellen (7 Oct. 1920)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...theatre, international cross-fertilization of ideas and experimentation by theatre artists in an environment free of commercial pressure. An extraordinary creative force, she has fostered, among many others, playwrights Julie Bovasso , Tom Eyen , Leonard Melfi , Rochelle Owens , Sam Shepard , Elizabeth Swados , Megan Terry , Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lanford Wilson ; directors Tom O'Horgan and Andrei Serban ; and visiting artists such as Peter Brook and Tadeusz Kantor . In 1985 she won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award. Jane...

Alexander of Hales

Alexander of Hales (1186–1245)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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... John of La Rochelle , and his bachelors, including Eudes Rigaud , set to work, and in 1245 , on Alexander's death, the Summa represented a monument whose wealth of documentation and whose approach to the most difficult problems represented a considerable step forward. Alexander had provided the material, John of la Rochelle was the producer. Students and masters drew on it, including Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas . Hardly had he entered the Franciscan Order than Alexander was led to draw up, in 1241–1242 , with John of La Rochelle , Eudes...

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Throughout its existence, La MaMa has established a tradition of supporting new playwrights. Among those whose work was first presented at La MaMa are Sam Shepard , Lanford Wilson , Israel Horovitz , Jean-Claude van Itallie , Harvey Fierstein , William Hoffman , Rochelle Owens , Megan Terry and Adrienne Kennedy . Among the leading directors who have worked at La MaMa are Peter Sellars , Michael Kahn , Marshall Mason and Lee Breuer and, from abroad, Jerzy Grotowski , Serban , Peter Brook , Tadeusz Kantor and Eugenio Barba . In...

Off-Off-Broadway

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John Agee Ball

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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...Among the playwrights featured in early Off-Off Broadway houses were Megan Terry , Sam Shepard , Maria Irene Fornés , Jean-Claude Van Itallie , Lanford Wilson , Ronald Tavel , Charles Ludlam , Terrence McNally , John Guare , Ed Bullins , Adrienne Kennedy , Rochelle Owens , and Israel Horovitz . The Open Theatre , founded by Joseph Chaikin in 1963 , may have best realized Off-Off Broadway's aesthetic tendency to incorporate dance, poetry, and the visual arts into theatrical performance. The most controversial production associated with...

Remington, Frederic

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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2018
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Art & Architecture
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794 words

...collecting source material for his illustrations. Other trips took him to Europe and North Africa, while in 1898 he traveled to Cuba to witness the Spanish–American War, but these experiences found their way into relatively few drawings and paintings. In 1890 he moved to New Rochelle, a New York suburb. While building his reputation as a painter, in 1895 began to produce sculpture as well. In 1899 he purchased Ingleneuk Island in the St. Lawrence River as a summer residence. Only months before his death there following an appendectomy, he moved to a farm...

Schuyler, George Samuel

Schuyler, George Samuel (b. 25 February 1895)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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...of Sugar Hill: George S. Schuyler and the Harlem Renaissance . New Haven, Conn., and London: Yale University Press, 2005. Peplow, Michael W. George S. Schuyler . Boston: Twayne, 1980. Schuyler, George S. Black and Conservative: The Autobiography of George S. Schuyler . New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House, 1966. Schuyler, George S. Black Empire . Edited by Robert A. Hill and R. Kent Rasmussen . Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1991. Schuyler, George S. Ethiopian Stories . Edited by Robert A. Hill . Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1994....

Playwrights: 1975 to Present

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Reade W. Dornan

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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... 1968 ) have both depended on and shaped these underground connections for their professional growth. Strong feminism thrives economically at the Magic Theatre by avoiding fads, using in-kind communal support, and mounting the highly professional works of women such as Rochelle Owens (b. 1936 ), actress June Havoc (b. 1916 ), and Susan Yankowitz (b. 1941 ). Though chronically underfunded, these troupes attempt to provide work in theater for women; they also challenge the hierarchical values of male-dominated theater. Plays are written collectively,...

Paine, Thomas

Paine, Thomas (1737–1809)   Reference library

John Saillant

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment

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2015

...still unresolved. Bibliography The Burke-Paine Controversy: Texts and Criticism , ed. Ray B. Browne (New York, 1963). Thomas Paine: Collected Writings , ed. Eric Foner (New York, 1995). Further Reading Aldridge, Alfred Owen . Man of Reason: The Life of Thomas Paine (Philadelphia, 1959). Aldridge, Alfred Owen . Thomas Paine’s American Ideology (Newark, NJ, 1984). Claeys, Gregory . Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought (Boston, 1989). Craig, Nelson . Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations (New York...

Drama

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Elin Diamond

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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5,491 words

... Kennedy (in Funnyhouse of a Negro , 1964 , and The Owl Answers , 1965 ), Maria Irene Fornes (in Fefu and Her Friends , 1977 ), and Ntozake Shange (in for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf , 1976 ), along with Myrna Lamb , Rochelle Owens, Rosalyn Drexler, and Wendy Kesselman used surreal and often grotesque imagery, explosive language, and bodily transformations to shock, move, and even politicize their audiences. Shange's Spell #7 ( 1979 ) recuperates minstrelsy (with Mr. Interlocutor) and the...

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