American Avant-Garde Theatre

A History

By Arnold Aronson

© 2000 – Routledge

258 pages

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About the Book

This stunning contribution to the field of theatre history is the first in-depth look at avant-garde theatre in the United States from the early 1950s to the 1990s. American Avant-Garde Theatre offers a definition of the avant-garde, and looks at its origins and theoretical foundations by examining:

*Gertrude Stein

*John Cage

*The Beat writers

*Avant-garde cinema

*Abstract Expressionism

*Minimalism

There are fascinating discussions and illustrations of the productions of the Living Theatre, the Wooster Group, Open Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre and Performance Group. among many others. Aronson also examines why avant-garde theatre declined and virtually disappeared at the end of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Arnold Aronson is Professor of Theatre at Columbia University, USA.

About the Series

Theatre Production Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism