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Pirandello:<I>Six Characters in Search of an Author</I>
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  • 12 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 272 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.46 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 852/.912
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PQ4835.I7 S4348 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Pirandello, Luigi,--1867-1936.--Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore
    • Pirandello, Luigi,--1867-1936--Dramatic production
    • Pirandello, Luigi,--1867-1936--Stage history

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521641517 | ISBN-10: 0521641519)

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  • Published January 2005

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Since its premiere in Rome in 1921, Six Characters in Search of an Author has gained worldwide recognition. Pirandello's challenge to stage representation was taken up by leading directors and changed theater's perception of itself. Jennifer Lorch examines the play's impact through close analysis of individual productions in the context of theater history and practice. Her book includes a chronology of the most important productions, a bibliography and illustrations from major productions.

Contents

Introduction; 1. The Play; 2. The first production (1921); 3. Two early productions in London and New York (1922); 4. Pitoëff's production in Paris (1923); 5. Reinhardt's production in Berlin (1924); 6. Pirandello's production of the 1925 text (1925); 7. Six Characters on the Italian stage (1936–93); 8. Two English productions (1929 and 1963); 9. Becoming part of national theatre in France and England; 10. Making Six Characters accessible: Robert Brustein and Richard Jones; 11. Pushing at the frontiers of theatre: Grüber and Vasiliev; 12. A brief look at Six Characters in other media; Conclusion; Select production chronology; Bibliography; Index.

Review

"The carefully researched and well-written volume is the result of years of research conducted in international libraries and collections as well as through interviews and is a masterful achievement. Professor Lorch's attention to detail, her theatrical acumen and her grasp of significant moments in the history of the play and its importance to the international dramatic canon are everywhere in evidence in the book." - Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni, Baruch College, The Pirandello Society of America

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