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Joseph Chaikin & Sam Shepard : letters and texts, 1972-1984
Chaikin, Joseph, 1935-2003.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : New American Library, [1989]

Physical Description:
xii, 252 pages ; 23 cm
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PS3569.H394 Z486 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3569.H394 Z486 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Booklist Review

This mixed bag of letters passed between Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor, Sam Shepard, and off-off-Broadway actor and founder of the experimental Open Theatre workshop, Joseph Chaikin, is manna from heaven for theater buffs. The letters, begun when Shepard was in a period of self-imposed exile (albeit a creative one) in London, demonstrate an openness of thought that could only result in artistic innovation. The two men were not clones, to be sure. While Chaikin has been associated with the trend toward collective creation and "a theatre made of images brought forth from the `present' actor," Shepard has experimented with surrealistic streams of consciousness, language, and "an attempt to forge myths from the texture of American pop culture." Includes texts of some of their collaborative work. Bibliography. --Allen Weakland

Publisher's Weekly Review

Daniels, who teaches at Kent State, here collects everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about three collaborations between playwright Shepard and director Chaikin. The slim volume--featuring letters between the two, drafts of plays and Daniels's commentary--benefits from an academic's inclusiveness and a cultist's obsessiveness, yet the whole, surprisingly, exceeds the sum of its parts. The material reveals the plays in question ( Tongues ; Savage/Love ; The War in Heaven ) as collaborative in the best sense: we observe the excitement of dramatist and performers sharing and merging respective influences. However, in limiting himself to written documents, Daniels unfairly, if unintentionally, privileges Shepard; only audiotapes and/or videotapes of performances could fully represent Chaikin's contributions. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved