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Theatre for Beginners

Theatre for Beginners by Richard Maxwell
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"The reigning (and often brilliant) king of enervation in experimental theatre . . . one of the few truly original experimental theater auteurs to emerge in New York during the past decade."—The New York Times

"A downtown writer and director with a distinctive deadpan aesthetic."—Time Out New York

"His work is troubling. . . . But the trouble is intriguing and fruitful in itself, and therefore worth having."—The Village Voice

Richard Maxwell, the downtown writer and director with a deadpan aesthetic and an ever-innovative body of work, has written a quasi-study guide to the art of making theater according to his "affecting affectless technique" (The New York Times). This illuminating volume will provide students and artists with a deeper understanding of Maxwell's work, aesthetic philosophy, and process for creating theater.

Richard Maxwell is a playwright and director living in New York. He was a founder of the Cook County acting at Illinois State University in Chicago, and he is now the Aartistic director of New York City Players and a resident writer at New Dramtists. Maxwell has received a number of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and OBIE Award. His plays have been commissioned and presented in over sixteen countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina, and Australia.


Theatre Communications Group; February 2014
72 pages; ISBN 9781559367189
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Title: Theatre for Beginners
Author: Richard Maxwell