Rachel's Brain and Other Storms: Rachel Rosenthal: Performance Texts (Critical Performances) 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0826448972
ISBN-10: 0826448976
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Rosenthal has been a politically engaged performance artist for 50 years, and this volume collects 13 texts she created from 1977 to 1992. The plays are grouped by four themes autobiography, mind and body conflicts, ecology, and warning with a brief commentary at the end of each section by editor Chaudhuri (Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama). Not intended for performance by others but as reports of Rosenthal's performances, these plays are firmly ensconced in the avant-garde. They have the lyric structure of lecture, harangue, chronicle, catechism, invocation, litany, or biography and revolve around a personal argument with the human condition and the political status quo. Together they are a valuable addition to the literature of the avant-garde. For further commentary on the artist, see Rachel Rosenthal, edited by Moira Roth (Johns Hopkins Univ., 1997). Recommended for theater collections in academic libraries. Thomas E. Luddy, Salem St. Coll., MA
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"She and her troupe...offer a mind altering meditation on purity and the loss of it—both personally and globally."—American Theatre Journal

"The kinetic ingenuity of this company of eight is striking, its ensemble unity smoothly cohesive . . . It is always spellbinding to see an impulse initiated by one performer instinctively extended by several others without premeditation or visible effort . . . The uniqueness of Rosenthal's company lies in the fact that out of a well lubricated mechanism, Rosenthal has created a living organism."—Los Angeles View

"[Her] company is remarkable . . . Each displayed striking stage presence, inherent talent in several performance disciplines, and professional polish."—Los Angeles Times

"Elegant madness."—LA Weekly

"Think of Rosenthal's work as an antidote to LA’s easily consumable entertainment industry, offering sharp commentary on our lives at the end of the 20th Century."—Buzz Magazine

"Larger than life. Much."—The Hartford Courant, December 23, 2001
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