An actor should look at the theater
might be my last day on earth. I might never
survive this. I might never survive this."
- Julie Harris
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Three generations of theater genius
conversations on the stage
by Steve Capra
from Rowman and Littlefield/Scarecrow Press
According to Sir Peter Hall, "The
theater's been dying for two thousand years,
and I'm sure will continue to."
In the meantime, Mr. Hall and other
leading figures of the stage have continued to
influence theater productions throughout the world. In this collection
of interviews, 27
theater professionals (including actors, playwrights, directors,
critics, and teachers) explore
theater theory and practice. From traditional attitudes toward theater
to more avant-garde approaches, every facet of stage performance is
As a whole, these interviews reveal both
the strength and extraordinary mutability of theater,
as expressed by some of the most honored names of the stage.
"Zeroing in as to what makes these
theatrical personalities tick, readers will be captivated by the
tidbits of information illustrating just how each contribute their
distinct ideas and methods to theatrical production....fascinating..."
"The interviews in this book reveal
both the strength and extraordinary mutability of theatre, as expressed
by some of the most honored and well-regarded names of the stage....The
book is worth reading by the people not only in theatre but also in
arts, literature and music."
—EDUCATIONAL BOOK REVIEW
"This collection of interviews
addresses every aspect of stage performance and theater theory from the
perspectives of actors, playwrights, directors, critics and teachers,
whose approaches range from the traditional to the avant-garde. Capra,
a playwright and theater critic, conducted the interviews from 1993 to
2000. Although many of the interviewees lament what they see as the
decline of theater, their very participation in it portends a positive
—REFERENCE & RESEARCH BOOK NEWS
The individuals interviewed in Theater Voices
have had an enormous, international influence on the theater, and Steve
Capra searches for
the personal vision of each. They span three generations, from the late
Quentin Crisp (who was interviewed at the age of 87)
to new-generation artists like Oskar Eustis. Likewise, the artistic
visions represented here range from the nobly traditional to the
At one end of the spectrum, the critic Sheridan Morley - with
magnificent British reserve - describes experimental theater as
"I'm not entirely sure I would encourage." On the other hand, Karen
Finley, the personification of brash American expression,
tells us that "The whole notion of memorization and character is very
dated in theater."
The conversations discuss such questions as:
- What are there fundamental differences between
American and British theaters?
- Is the theater in a decline?
- In light of the fact that there are television and
film in the world, can the theater survive?
- Can audiences move beyond realism along with
- Is musical theater an important art form?
- How should we produce Shakespeare for modern
- What holds an audience in a non-narrative stage
- Whose fruitcake does Julie Harris serve at tea?
(hint: it's from Amherst, Massachusetts.)
Theater Voices includes interviews with
leaders in the American and European theater.
Choose a name to learn more about these brilliant people - and to read
excerpts from the interviews:
Everyone on this list is an undisputed
authority on the theatre. But an authority's word is not the last word.
It's only the first word.
We want to know what you think of all this - what surprised you, what
you disagree with, what you can confirm.
Here's our Discussion!
Steve Capra is a theatre critic who
has written for Stage Directions and other theater
He sits on the International Committee of The American Theatre Critics
An actor, dramaturg, and director, he's worked at such companies as
The Living Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C. and The New York Shakespeare
Theater Voices is published by