William Saroyan: A Research and Production Sourcebook

William Saroyan: A Research and Production Sourcebook

William Saroyan: A Research and Production Sourcebook

William Saroyan: A Research and Production Sourcebook

Synopsis

William Saroyan, one of the most prolific writers in America, is profiled in this book with a broad range of information about his life in the theatre. A critical overview assesses Saroyan's contribution to drama, and entries for his plays include plot summaries, production information, and commentary. Annotated primary and secondary bibliographies list Saroyan's published works, production reviews, and other writings about his work in the theatre.

Excerpt

William Saroyan: a Research and Production Sourcebook is an attempt to concentrate in a single book a broad range of information about Saroyan's life in the theatre. Sophisticated literary or theatre scholars will find a complete annotated bibliography to support their indepth scholarship. the play director who is in search of possible scripts to produce will be able to scan the plot summaries and production lists to look for exciting production possibilities. the dramaturg will discover thorough and timely references for inclusion in program notes. Detailed summaries of what the reviewers and drama critics thought of Saroyan's plays and productions are provided. a quick reference to professional production histories is also available. in short, this reference work is intended for serious theatre practitioners, novice directors, theatre historians, drama critics, and general browsers. Each special area of interest can be accommodated through the chronology, biographical sketch, plot summaries, critical overviews, cast and director/designer lists, production histories, and annotated primary and secondary bibliographies, including lists of Saroyan's published works, production reviews, and other writings about his work in the theatre. Details are not provided for Saroyan's short stories, novels, and television and radio plays, other than a listing of these extensive activities, unless they have had some direct influence on his work in the theatre. References to archival resources are provided for the scholar or theatre practitioner who is eager to know everything there is to know about this influential playwright.

Saroyan was one of the most prolific writers in America. This fact forced the scope of this sourcebook to be limited to Saroyan's works for the theatre and to the affairs of his life that reflect directly on the production of his plays. Saroyan wrote nearly two hundred plays that were never produced or published. Only by visiting special archives will the scholar or theatre practitioner gain a full knowledge of Saroyan's complete life in the theatre. Archival resources are identified, however, so that research can be undertaken by using this sourcebook as a touchstone for a more extensive inquiry.

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