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One night when he was watching his father's flocks, the gods in a vision commanded him to write tragic dramas for their glorification in the religious festivals
Aeschylus
When scarcely 25 yrs. old he competed in the dramatic contests held yearly in honor of the god Dionysus
Aeschylus
His parents belonged to the old attic nobility so that family life and traditions tended to make him broadminded conservative, both in politics and religion
Aeschylus
Born in Eleusis
Aeschylus
In all his extant plays the unvarying motive is the relentless power of fate and the ultimate justice of providence
Aeschylus
according to stories, his cause of death was an eagle mistaking his bald head for a stone and dropping a tortoise on it to break the shell
Aeschylus
Father of Greek Drama
Aeschylus
Raised in luxury
Edward Albee
Very attached to Grandma Cotter, to whom he dedicated his 1960 play "the sandbox"
Edward Albee
Grandma cotter left him a trust fund that enabled him to strike out on his own
Edward Albee
at age 11 he was sent to the first of several boarding schools
Edward Albee
Held variety of jobs, including 3 years at a western union messenger
Edward Albee
chose jobs because they were dead ends and would not interfere with his writing
Edward Albee
W.H. Auden, whom he met in New York, read some of his poetry and suggested that he write pornographic verse as an exercise to improve his skills
Edward Albee
First and major "hit" was Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
In Germany his books were burned and his citizenship was withdrawn
Bertolt Brecht
developed a violently antibourgeois attitude that reflected his generation's deep disappointment in the civilization that had come crashing down at the end of World War I
Bertolt Brecht
left the United States in 1947 after having had to give evidence before the House Un-American Activities Committee
Bertolt Brecht
argued that the theatre should not seek to make its audience believe in the presence of the characters on the stage--should not make it identify with them, but should rather follow the method of the epic poet's art, which is to make the audience realize that what it sees on the stage is merely an account of past events that it should watch with critical detachment
Bertolt Brecht
Was, first, a superior poet with a command of many styles and moods
Bertolt Brecht
He was, first, a superior poet, with a command of many styles and moods. As a playwright he was an intensive worker, a restless piecer-together of ideas not always his own, a sardonic humorist, and a man of rare musical and visual awareness; but he was often bad at creating living characters or at giving his plays tension and shape
Bertolt Brecht
As a producer he liked lightness, clarity, and firmly knotted narrative sequence; a perfectionist, he forced the German theatre, against its nature, to underplay.
Bertolt Brecht
German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer whose epic theatre departed from the conventions of theatrical illusion and developed the drama as a social and ideological forum for leftist causes
Bertolt Brecht
lived in Bavaria, where he was born, studied medicine and served in an army hospital
Bertolt Brecht
was born on Good Friday, April 13, 1906, near Dublin, Ireland
Samuel Beckett
at the age of 14 he attended the same school which Oscar Wilde had attended
Samuel Beckett
once remarked, "I had little talent for happiness."
Samuel Beckett
Would not allow anyone to penetrate his solitude
Samuel Beckett
once remarked, after rejecting advances from James Joyce's daughter, that he was dead and had no feelings that were human
Samuel Beckett
In 1928, he moved to Paris, and the city quickly won his heart
Samuel Beckett
In paris a mutual friend introduced him to James Joyce, and he quickly became an apostle of the older writer
Samuel Beckett
After writing a study of Proust, however, he came to the conclusion that habit and routine were the "cancer of time",
Samuel Beckett
In the course of his journies, he no doubt came into contact with many tramps and wanderers, and these aquaintances would later translate into some of his finest characters
Samuel Beckett
finally settled down in Paris in 1937
Samuel Beckett
was stabbed in the street by a man who had approached him asking for money
Samuel Beckett
first play, Eleutheria, mirrors his own search for freedom, revolving around a young man's efforts to cut himself loose from his family and social obligations
Samuel Beckett
All of his major works were originally written in french
Samuel Beckett
Language is useless, for he creates a mythical universe peopled by lonely creatures who struggle vainly to express the unexpressable
Samuel Beckett
His characters exist in a terrible dreamlike vacuum, overcome by an overwhelming sense of bewilderment and grief, grotesquely attempting some form of communication, then crawling on, endlessly.
Samuel Beckett
In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
Samuel Beckett
Originally named Nathan Birnbaum
George Burns
He and his Wife Gracie were a comedy duo
George Burns
He and his wife achieved great success in vaudeville, radio and the movies
George Burns
Brought laughter to millions worldwide as the silent "little tramp" clown
Charlie Chaplin
The son of a music hall singer and his wife
Charlie Chaplin
his mother slowly succumbed to mental illness
Charlie Chaplin
Regulated to a workhouse
Charlie Chaplin
Toured with a stage company, the 8 lancashire lads, with a kindhearted couple
Charlie Chaplin
Wins a part in the stage play "Jim, A romance of Cockney"
Charlie Chaplin
Died on October 21, 2000
Steve Allen
Began his climb to stardom over 40 years ago as the first host of "the tonight show"
Steve Allen
Hosted the pbs series "meeting of the minds"
Steve Allen
Inducted into tv academy's hall of fame
Steve Allen
In 1933, He became abbot of the world-famed friars club
Steve Allen
Married to actress-comedienne Jayne Meadows
Steve Allen
final work was a radiophonic creation entitled "To Have Done With The Judgment Of God."
Antonin Artaud
final work was written after several years' internment in psychiatric institutions which roughly corresponded to the duration of WWII
Antonin Artaud
underwent a myriad of bizarre treatments for this behavior including coma-inducing insulin therapy and electroshock therapy
Antonin Artaud
In the actual text of "To Have Done With The Judgment Of God" America is denounced as a baby factory war-mongering machine
Antonin Artaud
French actress
Sarah Bernhardt
Baptized at the age of 12 and brought up in a convent
Sarah Bernhardt
Greatest of her day
Sarah Bernhardt
developed some skill as a sculptor
Sarah Bernhardt
Made the bold experiment of a french production of Hamlet, in which she played the title part
Sarah Bernhardt
Impersonated La Tisbe in Victor Hugo's romantic drama Angelo
Sarah Bernhardt
Oscar winning American actor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of the twentieth century
Marlon Brando
brought the techniques of the Stanislavski System to prominence in the films A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront
Marlon Brando
His acting style had a profound effect on a generation of actors, including James Dean and Paul Newman, and later stars, including Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
Marlon Brando
born in Omaha, Nebraska
Marlon Brando
had a tumultuous childhood, in which he was expelled from several schools
Marlon Brando
finally won the Oscar for his role of Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront
Marlon Brando
For his performance of Vito Corleone in The Godfather in 1972 he was foted the Academy Award for Best actor
Marlon Brando
turned down the Academy Award for the Godfather
Marlon Brando
played Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando
played Superman's father in the first Superman movie
Marlon Brando
crusades for civil rights, the American Indian and other causes kept him in the public eye throughout his career as did his romances and marriages
Marlon Brando
The "Bounty" experience affected his life in a profound way: he fell in love with Tahiti and its people
Marlon Brando
notoriety, his family's troubled lives, his self-exile from Hollywood, and his obesity, unfortunately attracted more attention than his late acting career
Marlon Brando
He also earned a reputation for being difficult on the set, often unwilling or unable to memorize his lines and less interested in taking direction than in confronting the film director with odd and childish demands
Marlon Brando
was a long-time close friend of the entertainer Michael Jackson and paid regular visits to his Neverland Ranch, resting there for weeks
Marlon Brando
His son, Miko, was Jackson's bodyguard for several years, and is also friend of the singer
Marlon Brando
Died at the age of 80
Marlon Brando
Despite his later obesity, he would diet, run and lif weight to keep in shiape in his early to mid career
Marlon Brando