By Judith Malina
'Theater legend Malina has written some of the most attention-grabbing experiences of the avant-garde theatrical circulation released within the final numerous years.' – CHOICE
Judith Malina and The residing Theatre were icons of political theatre for over six a long time. What few recognize is that she initially studied below one of many giants of 20th century tradition, Erwin Piscator, in his Dramatic Workshop on the New college in ny. Piscator based the Workshop after emigrating to manhattan, having collaborated with Brecht to create "epic theatre" in Germany.
The Piscator Notebook files Malina’s extensive and idiosyncratic education at Piscator’s university. half diary, half theatrical treatise, this distinct and encouraging quantity combines:
- complete transcriptions of Malina’s diaries from her time as a scholar on the Dramatic Workshop, in addition to reproductions of assorted of Piscator’s syllabi and educating materials;
- notes on Malina’s lecturers, fellow scholars – together with Marlon Brando and Tennessee Williams – and New university productions;
- studies of Piscator’s technique and effect, in addition to a brand new essay at the dating among his instructing, Malina’s paintings with the dwelling Theatre and "The Ongoing Epic";
- an advent through functionality pioneer, Richard Schechner.
The Piscator Notebook is a compelling list of the family tree of political theatre perform within the early 20th Century, from Europe to the USA. however it can also be a stunningly own mirrored image at the pleasures and demanding situations of studying approximately theatre, charged with crucial insights for the scholar and instructor, actor and director.
'Piscator is the best theatre guy of our time.' – Bertolt Brecht