The Theatre of Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players

By Sarah Gorman

© 2011 – Routledge

152 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415990929
pub: 2011-05-25
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About the Book

The theatre of Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players has received significant international recognition over the past ten years. The company has received three OBIEs, for House (1999), Drummer Wanted (2002) and Good Samaritans (2005). Maxwell received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 and has been commissioned by venues in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Ireland. Although his productions generate a plethora of reviews, there is a deficit of material providing a critical and sustained engagement with his work. The aim of this book is to provide a critical survey of Maxwell’s work since 1992, including his early participation in Cook County Theater Department.

Touching upon the acting, production and rehearsal processes of NYC Player’s work, and Maxwell's representations of space, community, race, and gender, this volume provides scholars with an important overview of a key figure in contemporary drama.


‘…the detail and theoretical rigour of these studies will appeal to those already familiar with the company’s work, as well as those thinking more broadly about the performance of gender (and masculinity in particular), the peculiar labour of the theatre, or the politics of apparently postpolitical theatre.’ – Theron Schmidt, Contemporary Theatre Review

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1: Passionate Indifference--Cook County Theater Department; 2: Relieving Actors of the Burden of Emoting--Approaches to Acting and the Problematics of Method; 3: The Destruction of the Concert Hall/Sports Facility: Representations of Community and Space; 4: Cavemen and women: Representing Race and Gender; Conclusions

About the Author

Sarah Gorman is Principal Lecturer in Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies at Roehampton University, London. Her research focuses on contemporary European and North American experimental theatre. She has recently contributed to Making Contemporary Theatre: International Rehearsal Processes and A Concise Companion to British and Irish Drama.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism