World Theatre and American Phantasmagoria
Our contemporary theatrical reality is a world vastly different than any that have preceded it. Before the 21th century words were the basis for theatre. Playwrights wrote plays. The director, the actor, and the designer created their work from the words the playwright supplied.
In the 20th century a change took place with Antonin Artaud and Bertolt Brecht.
“If you can’t explain what you mean, it doesn’t mean you don’t know what it is, or that you don’t mean it. It only means either that it can’t be explained or that you can’t explain it”.
They also also saluted Columbus at that time based in part to the popular Columbus World’s Fair exhibitions which marked their identity as Americans in a foreign land. The Statue of Liberty greeted these refugees in New York Harbor and at Ellis Island from their impoverished life in Southern Italy. Caruso and Verdi’s music still shine as legends in Italian culture and every opera house in the world. The Newark Sunday Call published a striking photo of my Caruso Family in 1925. The Irish journalist referred to them as a “clan” which is an endearing Irish expression foreign to gli…
From Wisconsin to you.
by Megan Mueller, The Irish Post, Madison Wisconsin.
Daniel P Quinn loves his life as a poet as well as his various roles in theater, despite the struggles they entail. He points out that “it’s a bumpy life. It’s very hard. It takes tremendous effort and determination to raise the grant money and to get things done well, it’s a miracle. It’s hard to accomplish but it’s amazing to look back and see that it’s happened in front of your own eyes.”
As a child, Quinn avidly read the newspaper. It kept him connected to the…
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