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Van Itallie, Jean Claude 1936-

Works: 223 works in 435 publications in 6 languages and 8,365 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  One-act plays  Fiction  Internet videos  History  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Religious drama 
Roles: Author, Translator, Contributor, Librettist, Other, Adapter, Editor, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PG3456.T8, 891.723
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Most widely held works about Jean Claude Van Itallie
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Most widely held works by Jean Claude Van Itallie
America hurrah; [plays] by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

32 editions published between 1960 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pocket Theater, "America Hurrah," by Jean-Claude van Itallie, produced by Stephanie Sills Production Inc., directors: Jacques Levy and Joseph Chaikin. Incidental music Marianne du Pury and Fred Cantor, lighting Ken Glickfeld and James Dwyer, costumes Tania Leontov, assisted by Beckie Cunningham "Drivin" sung by the Mushrooms, slides and poster design Francisca Duran-Reynals
The serpent; a ceremony by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 1997 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While most of the work is choreographed movement, pantomime, human sounds and music made by bells, horns, whistles, tambourines and other hand-held instruments, there is an accompanying text from the Bible and a number of speeches with contemporary sentiments. From the beginning, man searches for happiness, for self-realization and union with other men, seems to be the underlying theme. He is thwarted by violence, both from within himself and from other men. Eve is tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, yields, eats the forbidden apple, tempts Adam to eat, too--and man's eternal battle begins between self-gratification and obedience to external authority...There is a ritual enactment of the discovery of sexual love played by the group against the intoned recital of how the descendants of Adam begat the family of man that leaves little to the imagination. It is a passionate celebration of love. Passion gives way to maternal tenderness and the celebrants grow into doddering senility. They sink slowly to the floor and collapse into sleep. A hum starts and becomes a group song. 'We were sailing along on moonlight bay...,' they sing, rising and moving into the aisles and up the stairs. They're smiling and their looks of love embrace the audience. They finish singing and stand there. The ceremony is completed. The Serpent is a fascinating experience." -- Boston Herald Traveler
America hurrah and other plays by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

11 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America hurrah. Drama about "a world of fragmented experience so speeded up past human endurance that a man must either die laughing or go mad".--back cover
New American dramatists, 1960-1980 by Ruby Cohn( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an account of changes in the American (primarily New York) theater over the last two decades. Cohn surveys the broad spectrum from highly successful commercial practitioners Neil Simon and Sam Shepard to radical-fringe experimentalists Julian Beck (of Living Theater fame) and J. C. Van Itallie. She summarizes the achievements of most of the other notable playwrights of the period, including the already fading Rabe and Mamet, black authors Baraka and Bullins and homosexual dramatists Duberman and Patrick
Nightwalk( Visual )

9 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last performance of The Open Theater. Nightwalk is a collection of situations about the human condition
The cherry orchard : a comedy in four acts by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 1995 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The action takes place at the country estate of Madame Ranevskaya, an estate famed for its beautiful cherry orchard?and soon to be sold at auction unless the delinquent taxes are paid. As the play begins Madame Ranevskaya has returned from Paris, where she has frittered away the last of her fortune on a cynical young lover, and it is soon apparent that neither she, nor her family and friends, can come to grips with the crushing reality which they must face, or truly fathom the loss which threatens them. Instead they continue to go on as if nothing had changed, and only the rich merchant Lopakhin, the nouveau riche son of a peasant, seems to realize the gravity of the situation. Ironically it is he who bids successfully for the estate and who sets his men to felling the trees as, in the bittersweet finale, Madame Ranevskaya departs again for Paris and the fragile promise of a new and perhaps better life. -- cover
Chekhov : the major plays by Anton Pavlovič Čechov( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ivanov - The sea gull - Uncle Vanya - The three sisters - The cherry orchard
Stories from the Transatlantic review by Joseph F McCrindle( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The playwright's workbook by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of 13 written workshops covering: conflict and character: the dominant image: Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller; Overheard voices: Ibsen and Shakespeare; The solo performance piece: listening for stories; Terror and vulnerability: Ionesco; The point of absurdity: creating without possessing: Pinter and Beckett; and much more
Playwrights for tomorrow. A collection of plays, volume 3 by Arthur H Ballet( )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War, and four other plays / by Jean-Claude van Itallie by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

7 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War. Two actors, one young, one old, and a bizarre lady, engage in a series of fantasy-like improvisations, articulating the relentless war that humankind is doomed to wage against harsh reality and the inexorable passage of time
The Best American Short Plays, 1991-1992( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three sisters by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1995 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow, but have been living in the dull, gossipy backwaters of Russia for far too long. With their father's passing, and the ordinary grip of day-to-day life slowly suffocating them, the urge to return to the city with its rich and exciting life rises to a fever pitch
La Mama : a theatrical tapestry( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the guidance of founder Ellen Stewart, La Mama has played a seminal part in fostering Off-Off-Broadway theatre, nurturing and encouraging such important theatre artists as Tom O'Horgan, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shepard, Philip Glass, Joseph Chaiken, Andrei Serban and Liz Swados. The documentary features excerpts of some of the 18 plays which were revived at the theatre for its anniversary season. These distinguished works include Paul Foster's Hurrah for the Bridge and Leonard Melfi's Birdbath both directed by Tom O'Horgan; Lanford Wilson's production of his own play Rimers of Eldritch; Tom Eyen's production of his own play Why Hannah's Skirts Won't Stay Down; Jean Claude Van Italie's Motel (American Hurrah) directed by Michael Kahn; Yutaka Higashi's production of his own musical Shiro; The Winter Project's Tresspassing directed by Joseph Chaiken; Tadeusz Kantor's production of his play Wielpole, Wielpole; Amiri Baraka's Money, A Jazz Opera; and Elizabeth Swados's The Three Travels of Aladin with the Magic Lamp directed by Francoise Grund. The interviews in the program include recollections by Ellen Stewart and La Mama alumni Paul Foster, Tom O'Horgan, Leonard Melfi, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Joseph Chaiken, Harvey Fierstein and many others
Seven short and very short plays by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EAT CAKE. A biting satire in which a frowzy housewife, absorbed in her TV is visited by an eccentric rapist—whose demands are somewhat different from what might be anticipated. (1 man, 1 woman.) HAROLD. Two doctors examine a patient (played dually by an actor and a dummy) methodically dismembering the dummy to prove that it is in the best of health. (2 men, 1 woman.) TAKE A DEEP BREATH. In this brief, disturbing playlet the victims of air pollution assemble their own mausoleum, while recounting the helpless horror of their demise. (7 men, 1 woman.) PHOTOGRAPHS: MARY AND HOWARD. While their taped voices carry on a random, but revealing, conversation, two people regard each other silently—as still as two photographs. (1 man, 1 woman.) THOUGHTS ON THE INSTANT OF GREETING A FRIEND ON THE STREET. Two people meet by chance, their conversation moving on two levels: one of the idle surface comments the other of deeper thoughts unspoken. (1 man, 1 woman.) THE GIRL AND THE SOLDIER. A girl sings; a soldier speaks of love and war; and a sense of the very nature of our tortured universe is poignantly evoked. (1 man, 1 woman.) ROSARY. A nun, riding home on the subway, says her Rosary—and the depth of her personal anguish is poignantly revealed. (1 woman.) -- Publisher's website
Bag lady by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

8 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystery play : a farce by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

5 editions published between 1960 and 1973 in English and German and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The action is set in the chic living room of a U.S. Senator, during a cocktail party. Present are the Senator, his wife, his schizophrenic bisexual son (played by two actors), a beautiful young woman who may be the son's fiancee, a rather pompous Harvard professor, a quietly efficient butler and a lady mystery writer from next door. It is the mystery writer who holds the key to the bizarre events that follow, as she explains to the actors and the audience what will happen next and what part each character will play in the action about to follow. At the snap of her fingers each sequence begins, as this one is stabbed, that one drinks poisoned coffee, another is blown up-until only the mystery writer and the true culprit remain. But, as the "corpses" keep popping up to add to the conversation, the plot continues to thicken-providing both a delightful metaphysical spoof and a scathing assessment of the social and political hypocrisy of our disjointed times.-- from publisher's website
A fable : a collaborative piece by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The king of the United States by Jean Claude Van Itallie( Book )

5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anton Chekhov's The sea gull : a new version by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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America hurrah and other plays
America hurrah and other playsChekhov : the major playsThe playwright's workbookThe Best American Short Plays, 1991-1992The three sisters
Alternative Names
Itallie, Jean-Claude van.

Itallie, Jean-Claude Van 1935-

Itallie, Jean-Claude van 1936-

Jean-Claude van Itallie Amerikaans auteur

Jean-Claude van Itallie Belgian-born American playwright

Jean-Claude van Itallie écrivain américain

Jean-Claude van Itallie US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Van Itallie, Jean Claude 1935-

Van Itallie, Jean-Claude 1936-

VanItallie, Jean-Claude 1936-

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