The Piscator Notebook by Judith Malina

By Judith Malina

'Theater legend Malina has written probably the most fascinating reviews of the avant-garde theatrical circulate released within the final a number of years.' – CHOICE

Judith Malina and The dwelling Theatre were icons of political theatre for over six many years. What few have an understanding of is that she initially studied lower than one of many giants of 20th century tradition, Erwin Piscator, in his Dramatic Workshop on the New institution in ny. Piscator based the Workshop after emigrating to manhattan, having collaborated with Brecht to create "epic theatre" in Germany.

The Piscator Notebook records Malina’s in depth and idiosyncratic education at Piscator’s tuition. half diary, half theatrical treatise, this designated and encouraging quantity combines:

  • complete transcriptions of Malina’s diaries from her time as a scholar on the Dramatic Workshop, in addition to reproductions of varied of Piscator’s syllabi and instructing materials;

  • notes on Malina’s lecturers, fellow scholars – together with Marlon Brando and Tennessee Williams – and New institution productions;

  • studies of Piscator’s approach and impression, besides a brand new essay at the courting among his educating, Malina’s paintings with the dwelling Theatre and "The Ongoing Epic";

  • an creation through functionality pioneer, Richard Schechner.

The Piscator Notebook is a compelling checklist of the family tree of political theatre perform within the early 20th Century, from Europe to the USA. however it is additionally a stunningly own mirrored image at the pleasures and demanding situations of studying approximately theatre, charged with crucial insights for the scholar and instructor, actor and director.

'Piscator is the best theatre guy of our time.' – Bertolt Brecht

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