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O'Neill's "Iceman Cometh"

Reconstructing the Premiere

By (author) Gary Vena
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1988
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 077341990X
ISBN-13: 9780773419902
Barcode No: 9780773419902
This text reconstructs the premiere of what some critics consider to be Eugene O'Neill's most controversial play: "The Iceman Cometh". It marked his return to the theatre after more than a decade, and was also the last stage production he oversaw. The reconstruction incorporates the playwright's own set drawings; scene plans designed by the Guild's production manager, Karl Nielsen; set renditions designed by Robert Edmond Jones; interpretations of original lighting designs; and photographs of the original cast. Facilitated by Theatre Guild promptbooks and an actor's rehearsal text, the reconstruction provides a detailed story of the play and a step-by-step analysis of director Eddie Dowling's final achievement. Comments contributed through personal interviews with selected cast members and Guild personnel further illuminate the event. Carefully detailed textual modifications between the published play and the Guild's rehearsal script appear in the first appendix. Extracts from more than 50 theatre reviews appear in the second.

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