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Spanish-language professional acting companies arrived in the United States during the nineteenth century, and even earlier, providing us with a lasting theatrical tradition. The golden ...

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Lynne Conner

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...sacramentales , and the French Passion plays ). During the early modern period many leading playwrights, including Shakespeare , Molière , and Lope de Vega , were theatre practitioners who also wrote for profit. Ben Jonson was the first working playwright to publish his collected plays ( 1616 ), an act that may have begun the process of foregrounding the playwright as a literary figure. Eric Bentley , who helped to theorize the profession in The Playwright as Thinker ( 1946 ), notes that by the eighteenth century this schism between the literary...

playwright, Dickens as

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Paul Schlicke

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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2011
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..., Dickens as . Although all of Dickens's writings reflect the glare of ‘a circle of stage fire’ ( Ruskin , Unto This Last , 1860 , 1862 , repr. in Collins 1971 , p. 314), his plays are far inferior to his fiction and journalism. Fascinated by all aspects of the stage from an early age, Dickens was an inveterate theatregoer all his life. He nearly became an actor , before the success of Pickwick turned his ambition in a different direction. In mid-life he threw himself into amateur theatrical productions, and for the last seventeen years of his...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...playwright . So spelt. A wright is a maker or builder; the word is not related to the verb to write. For the formation, cf. shipwright....

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French (4 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

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A writer of plays, also referred to as a dramatist. The word playwright conjoins the nouns ‘wright’, meaning craftsman or builder, with ‘play’, meaning a text written for performance. Theatricalized ...
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States

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2005
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History, Regional and National History
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...for playwriting, came in 1977 for Fefu and Her Friends . Fornes's influence on other Latina playwrights came about through her playwriting workshops. In 1981 , the Ford Foundation provided a grant to help launch a playwriting lab for Hispanic playwrights, and Max Ferra, the artistic director of INTAR ( International Arts Relations| ), a nonprofit organization that incorporated in 1972 , invited Fornes to conduct what became INTAR's annual Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Laboratory, situated on 42nd Street's Theatre Row. Milcha Sanchez-Scott Among many...

Playwrights' Company

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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...' Company , New York, see THEATRE GUILD...

Playwrights' Theatre

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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...' Theatre , New York, see PROVINCETOWN PLAYERS...

Playwrights Horizons

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Gwen Orel

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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154 words

... Horizons American Off-Broadway theatre. Founded in 1971 by Robert Moss to continue the work of Edward Albee 's Playwrights Unit, Playwrights Horizons develops, commissions, and produces new American plays and musicals . Often perceived, particularly under artistic director André Bishop ( 1981–91 ), as favouring urban satire and heightened realism , its resident playwrights define its changing sensibility. They have included Christopher Durang , A. R. Gurney, Jr. , Albert Innaurato , and Wendy Wasserstein . The impressive spectrum of...

Playwrights Horizons

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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122 words

... Horizons . Stage company. Perhaps no other Off Broadway theatre organization has been more successful in introducing notable new plays and playwrights than this small but potent company. Their track record with new musicals is also impressive, premiering challenging works and even sending some on to Broadway. Founded in 1971 by Robert Moss as a writers' showcase, the group was the first to feature such songwriters and librettists as William Finn , James Lapine , Adam Guettel , and Jeanine Tesori . Among the musicals to premiere at Playwrights...

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