WOYZECK, PELLEAS AND MELISANDE, UBU ROI Three Translations From the Cutting Ball Theater By Rob Melrose. $18.00 at Small Press Distribution and Amazon.com (wholesale distribution through Small Press Distribution Pubnet SAN #106-6617).
New translations of three classic modernist plays: Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, Pelleas and Melisande by Maurice Maeterlinck, and Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry; with a foreword by Oskar Eustis of the Public Theatre and an introduction by Paul Walsh of the Yale School of Drama.
From the forward by Oskar Eustis, The Public Theatre, New York City:
“Rob Melrose is a kind of magician, and his theater, Cutting Ball, is one of the most exciting and integrity-filled enterprises going in the sometimes-shabby field of the American theater. These translations, lucid and sharp, are a beautiful testimony to the value of Rob’s achievement.”
From the introduction by Paul Walsh, Yale School of Drama:
“To bring these three plays together into a single volume is to embrace a heritage of modernist experiment, left us by young men in their 20s living in the 19th century. It is a heritage that redefined risk as it redefined theater and the purposes it serves. And it is this that makes this volume so valuable. We are invited to see these plays that defined the theater of today afresh, in a language that is both immediate and theatrical, and embrace the risk they celebrate as our own. And isn’t that what we should expect from a new translation? To experience again as new those very things that helped shape who we are?”
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