Journeys in the Night

Creating a New American Theatre with Circle in the Square: A Memoir

Series: Applause Books
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Hardcover with DVD
Author: Theodore Mann

This is Theodore Mann's account of his own and the Circle's remarkable history. At times it's difficult to tell where the two diverge, so integral to the company has he been. From Thornton Wilder to Al Pacino, it seems as if every great actor and playwright of the past fifty years has had his or her best work at Circle. As befits a story about theatre, it is at times comic and at times tragic.

If you ever wondered how Off-Broadway ever came to be (and how it ever managed to survive), this is the tale to read.

DVD BONUS: As a special bonus, An American Theatre Revolution includes a DVD of the 1977 CBS-TV Camera Three program “Twenty Five Years of Circle in the Square.” It features Dustin Hoffman, George C. Scott, Vanessa Redgrave, Colleen Dewhurst, James Earl Jones, and Mann himself talking about their experiences at the theatre and includes excerpts of such noted Circle in the Square productions as Death of a Salesman, Mourning Becomes Electra, and The Lady from the Sea.

$34.95 (US)
Inventory #HL 00314696
ISBN: 9781557836458
UPC: 073999146967
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
418 pages

Reviews

“The amazing array of actors and directors who graced Circle's stage reads like a theatrical Who's Who....[Mann's] memory is encyclopedic, and the joy he takes in his profession is palpable.” Publishers Weekly (August 2007)



“A delightful insider's view of the development of off-Broadway and regional theater. Highly recommended for theater history and biography collections.” ÐLibrary Journal (September 2007)

“The amazing array of actors and directors who graced Circle's stage reads like a theatrical Who's Who. . . . [Author Theodore Mann's] memory is encyclopedic, and the joy he takes in his profession is palpable.” Publishers Weekly, July 30, 2007

“Juxtaposed with the incidents from his life, the book is a chronicle of one of the country's most important theatrical movements, credited with having started the off-Broadway movement as we know it.” -The Norwalk Hour (Oct. 7, 2007)



“Director-producer Mann tells two stories in his fascinating, tightly written autobiography, that of his growth from dutiful Brooklyn boy to major force in American theater, and that of the theater he helped found in 1951 with Jose Quintero, the Circle in the Square, widely acknowledged as one of the pioneer companies, maybe the pioneer company, in the off-Broadway theater movement.” -Booklist (Nov. 1, 2007)



“...it is MannÕs gift for finding the drama in his own life that makes the book lively, literate, and highly readable.” -Booklist (Nov. 1, 2007)

“This is a delightful insider's view of the development of off-Broadway and regional theater; it leaves the reader thoroughly impressed that Mann and his colleagues managed to stay afloat at all, let alone thrive. Highly recommended for theater history and biography collections.” -Library Journal, (Sept. 1, 2007)



“'Journeys in the Night' is packed with fascinating stories about the plays Mann presented and the many actors he helped push into the spotlight, including George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.” -Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post (Oct. 18, 2007)



“The book juggles accounts of the artistic end of Mann's enterprise with the all-important business side of running a non-profit theater.” -Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post (Oct. 18, 2007)



“Applause has packaged Mann's memoir beautifully, with lots of photos illustrating the landmark productions and a wonderful bonus in the form of a DVD of a documentary produced in the mid-1970s that includes excellent interviews with Hoffman, Scott and Colleen Dewhurst.” -Connecticut Post (Oct. 18, 2007)

“Journeys in the Night is easily one of the best theater books I've read in a long, long time. Mann conjures up images of what theater was like in the late '40s and early '50s, before there was much of an off-Broadway movement or regional theater. Back then, theater was simply Broadway, and while the Main Stem certainly had its charms, Mann wanted some alternative theater to get its chance, too.” -Peter Filichia, TheaterMania.com (Nov. 01, 2007)



“In writing this book, Mann wants to spread his love of the theater by way of a volume that not only recounts in detail the mounting of numerous plays and musicals -- and the endless fund-raising required for them -- but also his association with such larger-than-life actors as Geraldine Page, Jason Robards Jr., Frederic March, George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, Kevin Kline, and Stanley Tucci.” -David Finkle, TheaterMania.com (Nov. 07, 2007)

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