Irish Theater in America
Essays on Irish Theatrical Diaspora
Edited by John P. Harrington
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Irish Theater in America by John P. Harrington
Book DescriptionFor more than 150 years, Irish playwrights, beginning with Dion Boucicault, have been celebrated by American audiences. However, Irish theater as represented on the American stage is merely a sampling of the national drama, and the underlying causes of Irish dramatic success in America illuminate the cultural state of both countries at specific historical moments. "Irish Theater in America" is the first book devoted entirely to the long history of this transatlantic exchange.Born out of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora project, this collection brings together leading American and Irish scholars with established theater critics. The contributors explore the history of Irish theater in America, from Harrigan and Hart to the recent productions of senior Irish playwrights such as Brian Friel and younger writers such as Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson. Examining the complexity of the relationship between Irish theater and American audiences, this volume goes beyond analyses of plays to include examinations of company dynamics, tours of companies and actors, audience reception, and the production history of individual works.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815631699
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John P. Harrington
Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama, Paperback (February 2009)
Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama is the ideal focal point for the study of Irish literature and culture and, because of its many great twentieth-century works, for the study of drama more generally.
Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street, Hardback (January 2008)
Improbably located in the heart of the Jewish ghetto on the Lower East side of Manhattan, the "Neighborhood Playhouse" and its brief yet influential tenure offers a fascinating story from the annals of theater history. This book provides an account of the Neighborhood Playhouse's history.
Modern Irish Drama, Paperback (June 1991)» View all books by John P. Harrington
This is a reprint of the complete texts of 12 plays by the major Irish playwrights (W.B.Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M.Synge, Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett and Brian Friel). The texts are accompanied by numerous explanatory notes, references, memoirs and so on.
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Author Biography - John P. Harrington
John P. Harrington is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He is author of several books including The Irish Beckett and The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street, also published by Syracuse University Press.
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