A monumental behind-the-scenes oral history of Chicago´s theater movement spanning 1953 to the present day, from the people who made it happen, this edition includes commentary from scores of celebrated actors, writers, and more.
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Covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the process of making a film. This title features expanded sections on pre-production, lenses, the emotional and tonal implications of shot size, composition, perspective, visual and sound proximity, and screencraft - the director´s art.
In August 1963, a powerful Washington, D.C. think tank invited President John F. Kennedy to a top-secret town hall meeting. Their stated purpose was to ascertain how much candor Americans could accept from their President, speaking off the record about the true state of the nation´s affairs. It did not take President Kennedy, who was accompanied by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, long to realize that the moderators of this event, a conservative pundit, saddled at the last minute alongside a liberal firebrand who just finished law school, had brought two large political axes that they intended to grind upon his presidency. On this long, hot summer night, JFK, with less than three months to live, is forced to defend and justify his presidential decisions and actions, while also being hounded about his private life and personal morality. No reporters, no recordings, and no holds barred. On November 22, 2013, National Pastime Theater in Chicago presented the world premiere of Alan Marshall´s THE INTERVIEW: JFK, a play exploring the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy´s untimely death prevented him from writing a memoir. THE INTERVIEW offers JFK a fictional forum to speak with candor. Marshall will restage THE INTERVIEW: JFK in 2019, along with Marilyn and Jack, a poignant drama, set in the afterlife, exploring the enigmatic relationship between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. These represent the first two installments in Marshall´s JFK Trilogy of stageplays which will be completed in 2020 with The Shadow of Death.
Dass sich die sogenannte Traumfabrik von Hollywood in Kalifornien befindet, weil dort immer die Sonne scheint, mag man für einen Witz halten. Es ist aber die reine Wahrheit, und Christine Wunnicke hat ein wundervolles Stück Literatur darüber geschrieben, wie es dazu kam. Es handelt von Mr. Selig, dem Filmunternehmer, der vom ewig schönen Wetter im langweiligen Kalifornien nichts hält und lieber im brausenden Chicago sein Glück machen will. Und von Mr. Boggs, seinem Spielleiter, der jedes Mal, wenn sich eine Wolke vor die Sonne schiebt, den Betrieb einstellen muss und deshalb nichts sehnlicher wünscht, als in den sonnigen Westen zu ziehen. Dass es am Ende doch noch geklappt hat, ist bekannt, aber wie es dazu kam, wurde noch nie so schön erzählt wie hier.
Very few men have had the impact on Broadway theatre as did Justin Brooks Atkinson, the drama critic of The New York Times from 1925-1960, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence in 1947. Excepting four years as a foreign correspondent during WWII, for 31 years Mr. Atkinson´s views in The Times were held in high regard by theatre-goers and industry producers, directors, playwrights, and actors, often making or breaking productions. It is from this expert background that his descriptions of Broadway from the late 1800s through 1970, as reflected in his history of New York theater in Broadway are so valuable. Whether you are a theater historian, or simply a theater lover, you will be spellbound by the parade of stars, writers, directors and producers in the many productions that made stage history for America. Atkinson´s Broadway is not simply historical description. It is the emotions and reflections of the spirit-lifting and intellectual nuances of why Broadway remains a strength of American entertainment and soul, as much true today as it was during Atkinson´s time. ´´It is in historical projects such as this one that Atkinson performs the ultimate connecting of the dots over long periods of time. We see him recognizing other decade-long patterns, ? and continuing to elevate his impression of the astonishing creative outbursts that belied the Great Depression´s grueling hardship. The defining characteristics for him - the conclusions he always seeks - have to do with the fundamental originality of the works in question, and in what way they struggle with, or somehow shed new light on, real-life predicaments.´´ Nancy Malitz Founding music critic at USA Today Editor, Classical Voice North America Publisher, Chicago On the Aisle