"Towards a Poor Theatre"
In 1968, Jerzy Grotowski published his groundbreaking
Towards a Poor Theatre, a record of the theatrical
investigations conducted at his experimental theater in
Poland. This classic work on acting and performance is
now available once again. In his preface to the original
edition, Peter Brook wrote: "Grotowski is unique. Why?
Because no one else in the world, to my knowledge no
one since Stanislavski, has investigated the nature of
acting, its phenomenon, its meaning, the nature and
science of its mental-physical-emotional processes as
deeply as Grotowski." More recently, Richard Schechner
has called Grotowski "one of the four great directors
of Western theater." Jerzy Grotowski was born in Poland
in 1933. In 1982 he moved to the United States and
worked at the University of California. He later moved
to Italy, where he continued his unique and intense
theatrical investigation. He died in 1999.
by Jersey Grotowski
Grotowski, Jersey. Towards a Poor Theatre.
New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1985.
(Though technically out of print, used copies are available
Santa Rosa, CA USA
November 21, 2001
It is a crime this book is out of print.
"Towards A Poor Theatre" by Jerzy Grotowski is probably
the most important book written on acting since
Stainslavsky's three famous character books. There
is so little known about Grotowski and many people
have tried to fake his work and people need to read
the man's original words. Grotowski's vision of theatre
has had the greatest effect on me more than any other
person in theatre. He saw acting as a Holy experience
where both the actor and spectator were transformed
after the performance. Grotowski expanded from where
Stainslavsky left off and drew his ideas everywhere
from modern art to religious rituals to primitive theatre.
Any one interested in theatre must read this book somehow
and be changed forever like I have.
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