Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author

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First performed in 1921 with Romans calling out 'Madhouse!' from the audience, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" has remained the most famous and innovative of Pirandello's plays. Often labeled a satirical tragicomedy, this play initiated the anti-illusionism movement of the early twentieth century, rejecting realism in favor of a more symbolic, dreamlike quality. When an acting company's rehearsal is interrupted by six family members who wish their life story to be enacted, the result is a masterpiece in the exploration of the nature of human personality. Both popular and controversial, this play blurred the lines of reality and illusion in unpredictable ways, ultimately influencing later playwrights like Beckett and Sartre with its bizarre blending of theatrical qualities. Such is the eloquence and depth of Pirandello's body of work that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1934, just two years before his death, an honor worthy of a playwright whose plays had a subtle if profound impact on much of the theatre that would follow.

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ISBN-13: 9780451526885
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Signet Classics Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 208,880
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Niclas Olson's adaptations of Shakespeare's HAMLET, ROMEO AND JULIET, Christopher Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS, August Strindberg's MISS JULIE, Luigi Pirandello's SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS and A DOLL'S HOUSE were commissioned and performed by New Muses Theatre Company. His original plays LAST WALTZ ON A MIDNIGHT VIOLIN and DIRTY LAUNDRY have been staged at Pacific Lutheran University. He studied playwriting in London and received his degree in theatre from Pacific Lutheran University.

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian novelist, playwright and poet. His major plays include RIGHT YOU ARE (IF YOU THINK YOU ARE); HENRY IV; THE RULES OF THE GAME; TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE; and THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 and is considered one of the forerunners of the absurdist theatre movement.

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