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The Open Door

The Open Door
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Peter Brook
Publisher: Anchor Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 1400077877
ISBN-13: 9781400077878

About the Book:

From King Lear to the Tragedy of Carmen, from Marat/Sade to the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata, the incomparable Peter Brook has reinvented modern theatre, not once but again and again. In The Open Door the visionary director and theorist offers a lucid, comprehensive exposition of the philosophy that underlies his work.

It is a philosophy of paradoxes: We come to the theatre to find life, but that life must be different from the life we find outside. Actors have to prepare painstakingly yet be willing to sacrifice the results of their preparation. The director's most reliable tool may be his capacity to be bored. Peter Brook illustrates these principles with anecdotes that span his entire career, demonstrating his familiarity with Shakespeare, Chekhov, and the indigenous theatres of India and Iran. The result is an unparalleled look at what happens both onstage and behind the scenes, fresh in its insights and elegant in its prose.

What people say:

"One of the great artistic explorers of our time.... An extraordinary artist." — Andre Gregory

"Peter Brook continues to astonish, not in an ordinary, fashionable way, but in an ancient, insistent way that always forces one inward." — Ken Burns

"One of the twentieth century's few true theater innovators." — Clive Barnes

About the Author:

Peter Brook CH CBE (1925-2022) was a highly influential British theatrical producer and director. During the 1950s he worked on many productions in Britain, Europe, and the USA, and in 1962 returned to Stratford-upon-Avon to join the newly established Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Throughout the next the 1960's he directed many ground breaking productions for the RSC before in 1970 forming The International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris.

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