- Hardcover: 301 pages
- Publisher: Iowa State University Press; 1st edition (December 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813817137
- ISBN-13: 978-0813817132
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,397,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater 1st Edition
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From Library Journal
From 1965 to 1986, the Chelsea Theater Center made its mark on the off-off-Broadway scene with ambitious, cutting-edge productions of such works as Slave Ship , The Screens , and Strider . Conceived as a modestly funded forum for new works by American playwrights, Chelsea burgeoned in the hands of founder-dramaturg Robert Kalfin into a showcase for massive, daring, ruinously expensive revivals and stagings of current European avant-garde pieces. Freelance writer Napoleon, who began documenting Chelsea's history in 1976, worked closely with key Chelsea creative talents such as Kalfin, Michael David, and Burl Hash in preparing this book. Chronicling the Chelsea's fortunes in an unfortunately breezy, magazine-like style, Napoleon nevertheless produces a solid document of the company's artistic achievements, as well as the organizational and financial troubles that destroyed it. This is for larger collections specializing in contemporary American theater.
- Anne Sharp, Yp silanti Dist . Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top customer reviews
Author Davi Napoleon takes us behind the scenes--into rehearsal rooms, board rooms, and scene shops. We watch the Chelsea mount some of the most exciting productions in American theater history, including the first U.S. production of Genet's The Screens, and the original productions of Yentl (based on a story by Isaac Singer) and Kaddish (based on a poem by Alan Ginsberg). We watch conflicts between artists over art and politics and conflicts between those responsible for the financial health of the institution (headed by Michael David, who now runs Dodger Theatricals on Boradway) and those responsible for its artistic integrity (headed by Robert Kalfin, now a freelance director with numerous Broadway, off-Broadway and regional credits.)
The black flap quotes Glenn Close, Frank Langella, and a New York Times critic, all of whom loved the book. There is a foreword by Broadway producer/director Hal Prince who directed a couple of shows at Chelsea.
This is also a beautifully written book. It feels like you're reading a novel. I loved it!