Actors and Onlookers

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ISBN 978-0-8101-0837-0
Publication Date
February 1990
Page Count
163 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Actors and Onlookers

Theater and Twentieth-Century Scientific Views of Nature
Natalie Crohn Schmitt

This is the first detailed and analytic study of the revolutionary impact of contemporary scientific views of nature on contemporary postmodern theater in all its aspects--directing, scripting, producing, and acting. Natalie Schmitt centers her analysis on the opposition between the philosophical system of Aristotle, which for centuries anchored Western concepts of theater, and the non-systematic theorizing of John Cage, whose formulations most clearly reflect the aesthetic principles of avant-garde theater.

About the Author

Natalie Crohn Schmitt is Professor of Theater at the University of Illinois, former Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University, and former Associate Editor of Theatre Journal.