The Shifting Point: 1946-1987

Peter Brook, Author HarperCollins Publishers $22.5 (254p) ISBN 978-0-06-039073-0
For the ordinary theatergoer, Shakespeare has become a bit of a bore, Brook maintains. Yet the Bard's ""cubism of the theater,'' his curious splicing of verse and prose, ought to resonate with meaning for us today. Here the well-known director explains the rationale behind his controversial productions of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. This tapestry of essays, notes and manifestos includes a section on the international, multicultural theater group Brook organized in Paris to reinvent the sounds, gestures and scripts that he feels should animate true theater. He relives the group's three-month journey in Africa, which led to his mounting The Conference of the Birds. Another play in which ceremony and performance fuse, Brook's re-creation of the Indian epic Mahabharata, is also discussed. Several pieces on opera explore ways to revive what he considers an artificial, stagnant form. With its far-reaching perspective on avant-garde and classical theater, this journal will reward even readers who are not familiar with the works discussed. (October)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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