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Richard Foreman: an American (partly) in Paris

Richard Foreman: an American (partly) in Paris

Swettenham, Neal, 1957-; Foreman, Richard, 1937-

Richard Foreman has been writing, directing and designing avant-garde theatre in New York since he first founded his Ontological-Hysteric company there in 1968. In all that time, few directors have taken up the challenge of staging his problematic, rewarding texts, and Foreman's work remains under-explored by other practitioners. Richard Foreman: An American (Partly) in Paris argues that Foreman can productively be viewed as a (partly) European artist, whose thinking and theatre-making have been radically shaped by contact with Europe. Through a detailed account of his European productions, interviews with Foreman himself, a set of practical strategies for staging the plays and the full text of Foreman's previously unpublished play Georges Bataille's Bathrobe (1983), Neal Swettenham introduces the director's work to a new generation of readers and theatre-makers

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Published London: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Neal Swettenham
ISBN: 1351594974, 9781351594974
Physical Description: 224 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Literature.; Foreman, Richard, 1937- Criticism and interpretation.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138102835


  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction  
  3. PART I
  4. 1 An American in Paris
  5. Classical Therapy sous l’influence de...ou Thérapie
  6. Livre des Splendeurs
  7. 2 O. H. Theatre
  8. Place + Target
  9. Café Amérique
  10. Faustus ou La fête électrique
  11. Die Fledermaus
  12. 3 An awkward ugly American
  13. La Robe de Chambre de Georges Bataille
  14. Birth of the Poet
  15. Ma Vie, Ma Mort
  16. Africanus Instructus
  17. Love and Science
  18. Don Giovanni
  19. 4 On the road
  20. Permanent Brain Damage
  21. Pearls For Pigs
  22. Hotel Fuck
  23. Bad Boy Nietzsche!
  24. Now That Communism Is Dead My Life Feels Empty!
  25. Panic! (How to Be Happy!)
  26. The Bridge Project
  27. PART II
  28. 5 Foreman’s unbalancing acts
  29. What is drama for?
  30. The manifestos
  31. Postdramatic theatre
  32. Staging the texts
  33. 6 Cracking the code
  34. Directorial strategies
  35. The actor’s task
  36. Scenography
  37. A critical question
  38. 7 Staging and Subjectivity
  39. In the rehearsal room
  40. The inevitability of failure
  41. Film is evil…
  42. …Radio is good
  43. Hysterical
  44. Scenography revisited
  45. Wake up!
  46. Todo Con Nada
  47. PART III
  48. Georges Bataille’s Bathrobe (La Robe de Chambre de Georges Bataille)
  49. Afterword