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By Herbert Blau

ISBN-10: 0472035142

ISBN-13: 9780472035144

ISBN-10: 0472117785

ISBN-13: 9780472117789

"From his early life within the 'Jewish center' of Brooklyn to his memorable construction of Endgame within the Sixties, Herbert Blau's autobiography presents not just extra of Blau's penetrating insights into dramatists like Beckett and into the complicated cross-currents of the yankee experimental theatre of this turbulent interval. it's also a wealthy, deeply felt and powerfully expressed chronicle of cultural swap that is going some distance past particular theatrical productions to supply a worthy own view of the years that did lots to form the modern international, expressed through one of many theatre community's most unique and articulate thinkers."

---Marvin Carlson, The Graduate middle, the town college of latest York

"Herb Blau's memoir---of his lifestyles, but in addition of an era---captures what has constantly been vital approximately his paintings. 'Blooded thought,' he taught us to name it---the embodied strategy of 'finding your self divided, within the include of what is remembered.' His shiny account of formative years in a specific type of American neighbourhood is complemented via mirrored image on his years in San Francisco while the theatre and the chilly warfare spread out as mutual antagonists in his own drama. Acute, insightful, and infrequently painful, it's also an highbrow page-turner."

---Janelle Reinelt, collage of Warwick

"I learn As If from disguise to hide, engaged and powerfully moved via a well-known brilliance . . . Blau holds an completely particular position in twentieth-century American theater, in American tradition, and in theater idea and practice."

---Elin Diamond, Rutgers University

"Few theater practitioners have had related impression in American theater; few have persevered such intoxicating highs and dispiriting lows; none, arguably, has mirrored so deeply and sharply approximately so extensive a spectrum of first-hand sensible experience."

---Linda Gregerson, college of Michigan

"Masterful . . . a super and touching ebook written with honesty and humility . . . furthermore, it serves as an admirable advent to Blau's theories, delivering a context for his complicated and infrequently tough ideas."

---John Lutterbie, Stony Brook University

As If: An Autobiography lines the advanced lifestyles and profession of director, student, and theorist Herbert Blau, essentially the most leading edge voices within the American theater. From his earliest years at the streets of Brooklyn, with gang wars there, to the usually embattled, now-legendary Actor's Workshop of San Francisco, the powerfully instructed tale of Blau's first 4 a long time is additionally a social background, relocating from the nice melancholy to the chilly struggle, with fallout from "the stability of terror" on what he as soon as defined in an incendiary manifesto as The very unlikely Theater.

Blau has continuously solid his personal direction, from his activist resistance to the McCarthy witch hunts to his emergence as a innovative director whose paintings integrated the arguable years on the Workshop, which brought American audiences to significant playwrights of the ecu avant-garde, together with Brecht, Beckett, Genet, and Pinter. there's additionally an account right here of that infamous construction of Waiting for Godot on the maximum-security criminal at San Quentin, which grew to become the insignia of the Theater of the Absurd.

Blau went on from The Workshop to turn into codirector of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln heart, after which founding provost of California Institute of the humanities, the place he constructed and have become creative director of the experimental workforce KRAKEN. at present Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the arts on the collage of Washington, Blau has been visionary within the passage from theater to idea, and his many influential and award-winning books contain The doubtful Spectacle: Extremities of Theater, 1976–2000; Sails of the Herring Fleet: Essays on Beckett; not anything in Itself:...

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