Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c2009.
Book — 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Production histories, 1889-1937
Production histories, 1964-1995
Electra on a pedestal
Electra down in the dirt
Clytemnestra, queen of vengence
Chrysothemis, the good girl
Theatrical performance is the most ephemeral of arts. Once a production closes, the living work of art disappears. Fortunately, some productions leave behind enough evidence to reconstruct in words and pictures what a performance was like and to conjecture what the audience saw and heard. Between 1889 and 1995 in America, productions of Sophocles' "Electra" became the project of some of the most significant directors, actresses, and producers of their day. In reconstructing eleven major productions, this book seeks to accomplish two goals: first, to preserve, albeit in imperfect written form, the productions themselves; and, second, by tracing the history of "Electra's" production, to highlight some of the most pivotal figures in the development of American theater, including several key women often neglected by theater historians. Along the way, for those who celebrate Greek tragedy in production, this book will allow the reader to sit vicariously in the audience and enjoy eleven "Electra" productions on the American stage. E. Teresa Choate is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the Department of Theatre in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean University. (source: Nielsen Book Data)