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Armand Gatti in the theatre : wild duck against the wind /
Dorothy Knowles.
London : Athlone Press ; Rutherford [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1989.
300 p., [20] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
0838633714 (alk. paper)
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London : Athlone Press ; Rutherford [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1989.
0838633714 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [291]-295.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-11:
In January 1988, at the University of Rochester, Train 713 became the first Gatti play to be produced in the US. This suggests the unfamiliarity in American theatrical circles of a name to be reckoned with in world theater. Gatti, a prolific creator, has been experimenting, writing, and directing on stage and in film since 1958. His search is for "le mot juste" to link contemporary events with literature. Not content to recreate the headlines of contemporary media reports, Gatti, something of a journalist-playwright, travels to the source: he has been imprisoned in Guatemala, and he chronicled the funeral of IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands in Derry and Belfast. From events Gatti creates a new poetic language. His works, as explicated in the book, cover a wide range of contemporary places and events and reveal a passionate political anarchist and theatrical surrealist. This is in an easy and convenient categorizing of Gatti, but Knowles's work is rich in description and quotation, uncovering a mercurial figure, a theatrical subversive. Gatti's dramatic techniques are drawn from a variety of antirealist experimentalists, ranging from surrealist influences to the political avant-gardists Julian Beck, Joe Chaikin, and Peter Schumann. Gatti also owes debts to Piscator, Brecht, and other agitprop creators. The book includes a fine collection of black-and-white photographs plus a selective bibliography of original works and critical writings. Essential for graduate collections. -R. F. Falk, Lycoming College
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Choice, November 1989
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