New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century

Samuel Beckett's Theatre in America

The Legacy of Alan Schneider as Beckett's American Director

Authors: Bianchini, N.

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A study of the 30-year collaboration between playwright Samuel Beckett and director Alan Schneider, Bianchini reconstructs their shared American productions between 1956 and 1984. By examining how Beckett was introduced to American audiences, this book leads into a wider historical discussion of American theatre in the mid-to-late 20th century.

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Natka Bianchini is Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University Maryland, USA.

Reviews

“This book is a readable, often fascinating work that relies on a host of source material never before brought together … Samuel Beckett’s Theatre in America will be of enormous assistance to those who wish to better understand either of its central characters, or the American theatre especially in the period from 1956-71, or indeed the relationship between playwright and director in the theatrical process.” (Richard Jones, the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Vol. 30 (2), 2018)


"The professional and personal relationship between a remarkable director and an extraordinary playwright finds in Bianchini's volume the kind of examination it has long deserved. Re-tracing each of their collaborations - from the earliest phase of Schneider's research and planning, through his notes and correspondence with Beckett and the rehearsal process, to performance and critical response - the author offers an insightful and comprehensive study of two creative greats that makes for a truly wonderful read!" - Lois Oppenheim, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University, USA and Past President of The Samuel Beckett Society

"Bianchini explores the extraordinary intimacy between playwright, Samuel Beckett, and director, Alan Schneider, in this scrupulously documented history, detailing the specifics of Schneider's obsessive desire to accurately portray Beckett's plays in accordance with the author's wishes. In an age where director's concepts weigh far more heavily than the playwright's intentions, Bianchini's focus on Schneider's interpretive art is refreshing, absorbing, and incredibly helpful not only to Beckett scholars, but to any directing students interested in understanding how to approach a script." - David A. Crespy, Professor of Playwriting, Acting, & Dramatic Literature, University of Missouri, USA, and President of The Edward Albee Society

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Samuel Beckett's Theatre in America
Book Subtitle
The Legacy of Alan Schneider as Beckett's American Director
Authors
Series Title
New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43986-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137439864
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43985-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 204
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