Exposed by the Mask Form and Language in Drama

ISBN-10: 1559361905

ISBN-13: 9781559361903

Edition: 2000

Authors: Peter Hall

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Britain's Sir Peter Hall is considered by many the most important director in his generation. As the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Old Vic, he has directed the greatest actors of our time in numerous seminal interpretations of Shakespeare and the Classics. In his latest work, Sir Peter Hall ranges over the extraordinary history of world drama to find the common experiences that are able to create the theatrical form. This series of 4 lectures were delivered at Trinity College in Cambridge as part of the famed Clark lectures which began in the nineteenth century. The argument of the lectures is that theatre is only created when emotions are contained by a form. That very form paradoxically gives freedom of expression. Thus the Greek mask enables the actor to express hysteria. The mask, whether it may be the actual physical mask on the face, or the form of the drama itself, makes expression possible. Shakespeare's verse is his mask. Mozart's sonata is his. And Beckett and Pinter (by the metaphors of their plays) have brought poetry back to the theatre. Without form there can be no freedom. Peter Hall is currently in Denver, Colorado, in rehearsals for the world premiere production of Tantalus, a 15 hour, 10 play cycle based on Greek tragedy to open at the Denver Center Theatre in October 2000.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Peter Reginald Frederick Hall was born in Bury St. Edmunds, England on November 22, 1930. He attended Cambridge University. At the age of 24, he assumed full artistic control of the Arts Theater in London. At the age of 29, he created the Royal Shakespeare Company. He staged more than 300 plays at the National Theater as its artistic director, from 1973 to 1988. He staged the English-language premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Homecoming. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. In 1988, he created the Peter Hall Company. He wrote several books including The Peter Hall Diaries, Making an Exhibition of Myself, and Shakespeare's Advice to the Players. He died from pneumonia on September 11, 2017 at the age of 86.

Preface
The Greeks
Shakespeare's Verse
Mozart's Ensembles
The Metaphors of Beckett and Pinter
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