8.4- Post Modern Theatre

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More outstanding Playwrights

Traditional theatre in the Postmodern world still has stellar playwrights
Here are some famous playwrights you should become familiar with

Tom Stoppard (British) b. 1937
Popular work: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
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Neil Simon (American) b. 1927
Popular work: The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
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Sam Shepard (American) b. 1943
Popular Work: Fool for Love
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David Mamet (American) b. 1947
Popular Work: Glengarry Glen Ross
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John Guare (American) b.1938
Popular Work: Six Degrees of Separation
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Performance Art

It’s not theatre — or is it?
The best I can do for this unique art form is to describe to you my first experience with performance art.

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Laurie Anderson (American) b. 1947 American
Popular Work — O Superman
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Karen Finley (American) b. 1956
Popular Work — Shut Up and Love Me
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The Theatre Spectacle

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In order to compete with television, film and video theatrical performances turned to the spectacular.

Grand multimedia extravaganzas that could only truly be experienced live with extravagant ticket prices ranging from $50 to hundreds of dollars.

Phantom of the Opera
The Majestic Theatre in New York was partly rebuilt in order to accommodate 96 trap doors, tons of props and a crashing chandelier to create a live theatre spectacle

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

  • Cutting edge technology
  • Fantastic sets and costumes
  • Imaginative visual effects like those found in television and video
  • And it’s all live.
  • Island on Second Life

Cirque du Soleil

  • Fantastic sets, costumes, makeup and lighting effects
  • Circus apparatus, acrobatics, drama contortions
  • Combined with live music, dance and acting

Blue Man Group

  • Originally an off broadway performance
  • A worldwide phenomena
  • Music, comedy and a multimedia theatrical performance

Stomp
Percussive musical performances on found sound instruments
Combined with dance, costumes and a theatrical set

2 Responses to “8.4- Post Modern Theatre”

  1. Chet writes:

    As far as playwrights, Neil Simon–anything he’s done, period, end of story. I have never been so entertained and thoroughly enjoy his work.

    Likewise, I have been delighted by Cirque du Soleil after experiencing a performance (walked into the tent standing right next to Rick Springfield — he’s TALL). Also, I cannot wait to see the Blue Man Group live in Vegas someday — and guarantee that I will not fall asleep during that performance.

  2. Chet writes:

    By the way, I thought Blue Man Group was born as a marketing gimmick of IBM, that evolved into the off-Broadway act they developed?

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