- Randy Gener
- New York, NY
- United States
Senior Editor and Digital Content Producer, Theatre Without Borders
Time and time again we have seen that artistic modes and practices have advanced light years in the crucible of international encounters.
Time and time again, we have seen how artistic modes, aesthetic styles and theater practices have advanced light years ahead in the crucible of the international encounter. The Peking Opera had a great influence on Brecht’s concept of the epic theater. Eugene O’Neill expanded his vision as a dramatist by drawing his plots and structures from ancient Greek stories. The British director Peter Brook consistently drew from Persian, Afghan and African forms of theater to achieve his major Shakespeare breakthroughs. Where would Hollywood film acting be today if Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg never encountered the work of the Russian actor-director Konstantin Stanislavski and his Moscow Art Theatre? The late LaMaMa Ellen Stewart went from producing to directing because of her encounters with Croatian and Romanian theater (specifically, stage/opera director Andre Serban). In the hothouse of an international encounter, you never know what might result; it might be a revolution or a step forward or a life-changing event.