Shakespeare, Our Contemporary by Jan Kott

By Jan Kott

Shakespeare, Our modern is a provocative, unique examine of the main performs of Shakespeare. greater than that, it really is one of many few severe works to have strongly inspired theatrical productions.

Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are one of the administrators who've stated their debt to Jan Kott, discovering in his analogies among Shakespearean occasions and people in sleek lifestyles and drama the seeds of significant new degree conceptions. Shakespeare, Our modern has been translated into nineteen languages because it seemed in 1961, and readers around the world have equally stumbled on their responses to Shakespeare broadened and enriched.

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American-Irish Foundation Literary Award. 1982 The Communication Cord opens in Derry; Hampstead Theatre, London, 1983. 1983 Doctor of Letters, National University of Ireland. 1986 Editor of The Last of the Name. 1987 Adaptation of Turgenev’s novel Fathers and Sons, Royal National Theatre, London; Long Wharf Theater, USA; Gate Theatre, Dublin, 1988. 1988 Making History opens in Derry; Royal National Theatre, London; Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. – Doctor of Letters, University of Ulster. 1989 BBC Radio devotes a six-play season to Friel.

In the south, in the Irish Free State, for all the felt mistrust of Protestantism, there was still a degree of respect for that minority belief. The Free State, for instance, supported both Catholic and Protestant schools. Not so in Northern Ireland, where to be Catholic was to be excluded, either by direct ostracism or by structural means such as vote rigging. The suspicion in which the Catholic community was held was extreme – ‘traitors’, either actual or potential. As a child, Friel remembers: there were certain areas one didn’t go into.

1975 Volunteers, Abbey Theatre, Dublin. 1977 Living Quarters, Abbey Theatre, Dublin. 1979 Aristocrats, Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Hampstead Theatre, London, 1988; Manhattan Theater Club, New York; Abbey Theatre, Dublin. – Faith Healer, Longacre Theater, New York; Abbey Theater, Dublin, 1980; Royal Court Theatre, London, 1981. 1980 Co-founder of Field Day Theatre Company. – Translations opens in Derry; Hampstead Theatre and the National Theatre, London, 1981; Manhattan Theater Club, New York, 1981. 1981 His translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters opens in Derry; Chichester, 2000.

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