Cultural Calisthenics

Cultural Calisthenics

Writings on Race, Politics, and Theatre

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of the author's essays on theater and culture in the United States and abroad

Blackwell North Amer
Robert Brustein's new book is more than a collection of his writings on theatre. It also functions as a precise barometer of contemporary society, measuring the pressures of our present-day cultural climate.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Mr. Brustein includes in this new volume accounts of his celebrated Town Hall debate with August Wilson over the issue of segregated casting; his spirited defense of the National Endowment for the Arts against its enemies on the political right; his eloquent response to the impact of political correctness on the theatre and the university; and his forthright criticism of what he calls "coercive philanthropy" - the tendency of funding agencies and foundations to impose their own political and social agendas on artistic institutions.
At the heart of Cultural Calisthenics are Mr. Brustein's appraisals of the theatre at work - on and off Broadway, in London and Moscow, and in American regional playhouses - over the past five years.

Natl Book Network
Robert Brustein's new book functions as a barometer of our current cultural climate. Never one to shy away from controversy, Brustein includes accounts of his celebrated debate with August Wilson over the issue of segregated casting; his spirited defense of the National Endowment for the Arts; his eloquent response to the impact of political correctness on the theatre and the university; and his forthright criticism of what he calls coercive philanthropy.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill : Ivan R. Dee, 1998
ISBN: 9781566632201
156663220X
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 23 cm

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