Albee in Performance

Albee in Performance

Rakesh Solomon, Rakesh Solomon, Edward Albee
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/10/2010
Format: Paperback 22 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22205-3
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2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze Medal, Performing Arts category

A premier playwright, Edward Albee is also a gifted director. Albee in Performance details Albee's directorial vision and how that vision animates his plays. Having had extraordinary access to Albee as director, Rakesh H. Solomon reveals how Albee has shaped his plays in performance, the attention he pays to each aspect of theater, and how his conception of the key plays he has directed has evolved over a five-decade career. Solomon pays careful attention to the major works, from The American Dream and Zoo Story to Albee's best-known work, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as well as to later plays such as Marriage Play and Three Tall Women. The book also includes interviews with Albee and his collaborators on all aspects of staging, from rehearsal to performance.

Author Bio

Rakesh H. Solomon teaches in the Department of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University Bloomington.


“What is so enjoyable about this study is that it reflects all the complex choices that go into staging a live performance.”
 — Matthew Roudané, author of Understanding Edward Albee and American Drama, 1960-Present: A Critical History

“Anyone wishing to study not only me as a director/author, but the creative mind at practical work will be gratified.”
 — Edward Albee

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward Albee

1. Albee in the Theatre
2. Casting Practices and Director's Preparation
3. The American Dream
4. The Zoo Story
5. Fam and Yam and The Sandbox
6. Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
7. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
8. Marriage Play
9. Three Tall Women
10. Albee's Double Authoring
11. Albee and His Collaborators on Staging Albee: From The Zoo Story to The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?
1. Albee Directs Albee
2. The Lady From Dubuque
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
4. Albee Directs Beckett
5. Marriage Play
6. Three Tall Women
7. The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia?

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