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The American National Theatre and Academy was chartered by Congress in 1935. In 1946, it established the National Theatre Foundation which entailed "the pooling of ideas, resources, knowledge, in the sponsorship, stimulation and support of good theatre for the country as a whole".
The ANTA Album was a gala benefit performance inaugurated in 1948--"the first benefit given by the theatre for the theatre, by the people of show business for the idea and ideal of an American national theatre"--and presented each year thereafter. The 1951 Album was produced by Jean Dalrymple and the Mistresses of Ceremonies were Fay Emerson, Hedda Hopper, Margaret Webster and Tallulah Bankhead. Among the evening's performances were scenes from the musical productions "Finian's Rainbow", the operatic version of "Emperor Jones", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Porgy and Bess" and "Of Thee I Sing"; from the ballet "Rodeo", with music by Aaron Copland; and from the plays "My Sister Eileen" [with Shirley Booth], "Camille" [two versions, one with Uta Hagen, one with Eva LeGallienne], "Our Town" [with Thornton Wilder as the Stage Manager] and Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple". Also Gloria Swanson performed "Impressions of Charlie Chaplin". Very good .
Among the contents of this issue are "A Mexican-American Theatre Company 1849-1924" by John Brokaw, "The Triple Action Theatre Group" by Ruby Cohn, "Notes on Mystery, Suspense, and Complicity: Lowell's Theatricalization of Melville's Benito Cereno" by David Knauf and "The Haymarket Theatre, Boston" by Richard Stoddard. Good .
The text is in French. Very good .
Among the contents of this issue are the texts of "The American Imagination", a musical by Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman, and of "I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating" by Robert Wilson; articles on Postmodern Performance by Richard Schechner and Dick Higgins; "Performance Art in New York" by Peter Frank; and "Contemplating the Navel: The Use and Abuse of Video Art" by Daryl Chin. Good .
A booklet, written in English, about the alternative theater company's 1972-73 season, including a history of the company, statements about the productions ["The Fall", "The Polish Dream-Book" and "Cataract"] and reviews. Stu Theatre was founded on February 20, 1966 by Krzysztof Jasinski, operating under the auspices of the Socalist Student's Union in Krakow.
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Inscribed to Dick Higgins of Something Else Press by the members of Mutus Liber [Tiziana Arnaboldi, Salvatore di Leonardo and Rosario Galeone] and signed "Mutus Liber 8/3/86".
The group states that the writings in this book accompanied their theatrical and visual researches and activities from 1981-1984. "Mutus Liber" [from the Latin Wordless Book] was an alchemical text published in France in the second half of the 17th century. It claimed to outline, through a series of mystical illustrations, a method of manufacturing the Philosopher's stone.
Rare. Very good .
Among the contents of this issue are "The Land of Milk and Funny or Portrait of A Scientist as a Dumb Broad", a film scenario by Susan Yankowitz; "Walk the Dog, Willie", a play by Robert Auletta; "The Theatre of Franz Xaver Kroetz by Dragan Klaic; and Eileen Blumenthal on the Robert Montgomery/Joseph Chaikin "Electra". Very good .
Among the contents of this issue are six short plays by Polish dramatist Stanislaw Witkiewicz, written when he was seven and eight years old, with an introduction by Daniel Gerould; and articles on Orson Welles's "Voodoo Macbeth", on "Candide" at the Chelsea Theatre Center. and on Artaud, Jean- Louis Barrault, Maeterlink and Strindberg. Fine .
Terry's note addressed to "My dear Kelly" is accepting an invitation to dine with Kelly and a mutual friend.
Daniel Terry [c. 1780-1829] was an English actor and playwright who made his career in London, Edinburgh and the northern English provinces. He was a close associate of Walter Scott and adapted several of Scott's works for the stage. The first of these was a musical adaptation of "Guy Mannering", in which Terry appeared in March 1816. Good .