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Act Without Words I

Written by

Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for one player, Act Without Words I was written in French in 1956, as Acte sans paroles I, with music by John Beckett, the author’s cousin...
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...Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents whose whimsical aptitude for the spoken word is overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous and gigantic—his nose. How can the curiously-snouted Cyrano ever hope to win...

Cinema (1926-32)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

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...Cinema and Reality (Cinéma et réalité) At present two courses seem to be open to the cinema, of which neither is the right one. The pure or absolute cinema on the one hand, and on the other this sort of venial hybrid art. The latter...

Act Without Words II

Written by

Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for two players, Act Without Words II was written in French, as Acte sans paroles II, at about the same time as Act Without Words I (1956). It was probably first performed probably at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, on 25...
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...In 17th Century Sicily, a clever valet named Mascarille tries to help his boss Lélie win the girl of his dreams -- only to find that Lélie is a monumental dunce who ruins every one of his intricate schemes. Undaunted, Mascarille invents...
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...Initially banned in France by King Louis, Molière's celebrated social satire Tartuffe exposes false piety and hypocrisy in the Catholic Church. When a pious fraud worms his way into a wealthy family and manipulates the patriarch into giving...
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...The Liar by Pierre Corneille, translated by Richard Wilbur. Directed by Martin Jarvis. In this classic farce, a young man pretends to be a war hero to impress a pretty girl. As his lies progress, so do his troubles – with hilarious results....
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...In this biting comedy of errors, the hapless Arnolphe is undone by his own double dealing and double standards. The School for Wives was first performed at the Palais Royal theatre on December 26, 1662, and is considered by many...

‘The Cenci’ (1935)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

Books

...The Cenci On 10 February 1935 Artaud wrote to Gide that he had recently put the final touches to a tragedy, The Cenci, adapted from Shelley’s five-act tragedy written in 1819 and from Stendhal’s translation of a sixteenth-century...

The NRF Theatre Project (1931-3)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

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...To Jean-Richard Bloch 23 April 1931 Dear Sir, Could you not see a way, thinking seriously for a moment, of getting a project off the ground which would assist the creation of a new kind of theatre. Careful reading of your book Le...