Series: Applause Books
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover with DVD
Author: Theodore Mann
Theodore Mann, who has been a major driving force behind the Circle in the Square since its inception, tells the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this groundbreaking theatre, its legendary productions and stars – which include Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, and many more.
A co-founder with Jose Quintero of Circle in the Square in 1951, Mann follows the theatre from its Greenwich Village beginnings to its current home on Broadway. He discusses the 1952 revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (starring Geraldine Page) considered the birth of Off-Broadway and Circle's role in bringing about a re-recognition of Eugene O'Neill, starting with its 1956 landmark revival of The Iceman Cometh and the American premiere of Long Day's Journey into Night. And he looks at its other important productions that include works by Jules Feiffer, Horton Foote, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, Athol Fugard, and Terrence McNally as well as classic American and European plays, from those by Shaw and Moliere to Greek classics such as Euripides' The Trojan Women.
In Journeys, Theodore Mann tells of his and Circle's journey together, providing an important, first-hand, personal account of Circle in the Square's history, impact, and legacy in American theatre.
Inventory #HL 00314812
“A good story and a great cast... The fun of Journeys in the Night is found in the happy accidents, fantastic luck, and fairy godmothers that enabled the Circle to achieve early success with plays by Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill, and then to endure and prosper.” – The New York Times Book Review
“One of the most important leaders of mid-20th century American theater, Mann has written a thoroughly engaging autobiography.” – Choice
“A fascinating, deeply moving story. Circle in the Square remains an astonishing chapter in the history of American theatre.” – Howard Kissel, American Theatre
“Easily one of the best theater books I've read in a long, long time.” – Peter Filichia's Diary, TheatreMania.com
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