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On Directing

On Directing
Your Price: $22.50 CDN
Author: Harold Clurman
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 308
Pub. Date: 1997
ISBN-10: 0684826224
ISBN-13: 9780684826226

About the Book:

In this classic guide to directing, you are taken logically from the initial choice of play right through every aspect of its production to performances and beyond.

Harold Clurman has been called the most influential figure in the history of the American theatre. He directed more than 40 plays in his career and, during the 1950s, was nominated for a Tony Award as director for several productions. In On Directing, he presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions and describes the pleasures and perils of working with such celebrated playwrights and actors as Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller, Julie Harris, and Lillian Hellman.

What people say:

"One of the most respected American directors (and Kazan's mentor) expounds on the craft and his practice of it. Includes helpful and articulate discussions of what is variously known as a play's 'spine,' 'through-action,' 'super problem,' or 'main action' an understanding of which is central to any director's authority and responsibility." — Frank Hauser, legendary theatre director

"... the most influential book on directing ever written." — Elia Kazan

"A straightforward, tasteful and accurate account of what it is to bring a play to palpitating life upon a stage." — The New York Times Book Review

"A treasure-house of insight … still more important, a far-reaching discussion … shrewd, humane, and rich." — Irving Howe

"A valuable stimulus to anyone involved in the arts." — Aaron Copland

"[Clurman's] advice is incomparably well worth taking …. Not only would-be directors but everyone else who intends to establish professional connections with the theatre will do well to read this book." — The New Yorker

About the Author:

Harold Clurman (1901 – 1980) was a visionary American theatre director and drama critic, "one of the most influential in the United States". He studied directing at the American Laboratory Theater in New York. His life in the theatre extended from acting with the Theatre Guild in the 1920s, through his creation and direction of New York City's Group Theatre in the 1930s, to a distinguished post-war career as free-lance director, highly respected theatre critic – first for the New Republic (1948–52), then for The Nation (1953–1980) – and also theatre historian and university teacher.