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Schanke, Robert A. 1940-

Overview
Works: 34 works in 117 publications in 2 languages and 8,021 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Biography‚Ä°vDictionaries  Dictionaries  Drama  Acting editions  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PN2000, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert A Schanke
Shattered applause : the lives of Eva Le Gallienne by Robert A Schanke( )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and French and held by 2,419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complained that her lesbianism ruined her career. And as Schanke points out, it certainly influenced her selection of scripts, management practices, and style of acting, which ultimately affected her work's critical reception. By presenting for the first time this complete story of the life of one of the theatre's great talents, Schanke provides his audience with the fascinating story of Eva Le Gallienne, one that serves as a barometer of the changing values, tastes, and
Women in turmoil : six plays by Mercedes de Acosta( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this first publication of six plays by the flamboyantly uninhibited author, poet, and playwright Mercedes de Acosta (1893-1968), theater historian Robert A. Schanke rescues these lost theatrical writings from the dusty margins of obscurity. Often autobiographical, always rife with gender struggle, and still decidedly stageworthy, Women in Turmoil: Six Plays by Mercedes de Acosta constitutes a significant find for the canon of gay and lesbian drama." "What notoriety remains associated with de Acosta has less to do with her writing than with her infamous romances with the likes of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Isadora Duncan, Alla Nazimova, Eva Le Gallienne, Tamara Karsavina, Pola Negri, and Ona Munson. Through this collection of six powerfully poignant dramas, editor Robert A. Schanke strives to correct myths about Mercedes de Acosta and to restore both her name and her literary achievements to their proper place in history."--Jacket
Angels in the American theater : patrons, patronage, and philanthropy by Robert A Schanke( )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels in the American Theater: Patrons, Patronage, and Philanthropy examines the significant roles that theater patrons have played in shaping and developing theater in the United States. Because box office income rarely covers the cost of production, other sources are vital. Angel financial investors and backer have a tremendous impact on what happens on stage, often determining with the power and influence of their money what is conceived, produced, and performed. But in spite of their influence, very little has been written about these philanthropists. Composed of sixteen essays and fifteen illustrations, Angels in the American Theater explores not only how donors became angels but also their backgrounds, motivations, policies, limitations, support, and successes and failures. Subjects range from millionaires Otto Kahn and the Lewisohn sisters to foundation giants Ford, Rockefeller, Disney, and Clear Channel. The first book to focus on theater philanthropy, Angels in the American Theater employs both a historical and a chronological format and focuses on individual patrons, foundations, and corporations
"That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de Acosta by Robert A Schanke( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born to wealthy Spanish immigrants, Mercedes de Acosta (1893-1968) lived in opulence and traveled in the same social circles as the Astors and Vanderbilts. She was introduced to the New York theater scene at an early age, and her dual loves of performance and of women informed every aspect of her life thereafter. De Acosta was notorious for walking the streets of New York in mannish pants, pointed shoes trimmed with buckles, a tricorn hat, and a cape. With her chalky white face, deep-set eyes, thin red lips, and jet black hair, de Acosta was labeled "Countess Dracula" by Tallulah Bankhead. And Alice B
Passing performances : queer readings of leading players in American theater history( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Passing Performances gathers a range of critical and biographical essays on notable personalities whose major contributions to the stage occurred before 1969, the year of the Stonewall riots that kicked off the gay rights movement in the United States. How these theater practitioners variously "passed"-- i.e., managed unconventional sexual inclinations both on- and offstage--significantly determined the course of their personal and professional lives and thus the course of U.S. theater history. The actors, directors, producers, and agents examined here include Edwin Forrest, Charlotte Cushman, and Adah Isaacs Menken, whose personal lives and careers traded on the same-sex erotics of "true love" in the antebellum period Elisabeth Marbury, Elsie de Wolfe, Elsie Janis, Nance O'Neil, and Alla Nazimova, whose intimate female liaisons were variously interpreted around the turn of the century the "lavender marriages" of Alfred Lunt to Lynne Fontanne and Guthrie McClintic to Katharine Cornell the lesbian collaborations of Margaret Webster and Cheryl Crawford the comic antics of Monty Woolley, which negotiated codified constructions of homosexual perversion in the post-Freudian interwar years and the on- and offstage performances of Mary Martin and Joe Cino, which resisted the paranoid enforcements of heterosexual normality in the McCarthy era. Central to these investigations are the complex connections of performances of sexuality and gender and their different implications for men and women practitioners working under pervasive sexism and homophobia. The volume also includes striking archival photographs of the performers and their performances, and an index to facilitate the cross-referencing of subjects' intersecting careers. Passing Performances will engage both general and academic readers interested in theater, gay and lesbian history, American studies, and biography
Staging desire : queer readings of American theater history( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical and biographical essays on notable stage personalities who made their mark before 1969, when the Stonewall riots accelerated the lesbian and gay rights movement in the United States. How they staged their unconventional sexualities greatly influenced the course of their personal and professional lives, and thus the course of American theater history
Ibsen in America : a century of change by Robert A Schanke( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gay & lesbian theatrical legacy : a biographical dictionary of major figures in American stage history in the pre-Stonewall era by Billy J Harbin( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy is the first biographical reference work dedicated to theater and sexuality. It makes the presence of gays and lesbians in American theater visible and accessible by collecting in a single volume biographies of more than one hundred notable figures whose careers flourished in the years before the 1969 Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in the United States." "The leading lights in American theater have included innumerable individuals whose sexualities have deviated from prevailing norms, but this history has until recently been largely unwritten and unknown. The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy contributes significantly to the recovery of this history, fashioning a much fuller, more nuanced portrait of American theater as it evolved and shedding light on the influence that sexual desire may have had on professional choices, relationships, and artistic achievements." "The book collects biographies and portraits of influential actors, playwrights, composers, directors, designers, dancers, producers, managers, critics, choreographers, and technicians who made their mark on the American theater. It is the last component in a historical recovery project that includes the essay collections Passing Performances and Staging Desire, but with a significantly broader scope than its predecessors. Its broad coverage provides an extended glimpse into lives and careers that intersected, and into networks of affiliation that made theatrical history, and, by extension, social and cultural history. The biographies in The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy will engage readers interested in theater, gay and lesbian history, American Studies, and biography."--Jacket
Queer theatre and the legacy of Cal Yeomans by Robert A Schanke( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A forgotten yet award-winning playwright, Cal Yeomans was one of the founders of gay theatre whose work was fueled by gay liberation and extinguished by the AIDS epidemic. Exploring both sex and sexuality so candidly, he burst the boundaries of what was considered acceptable. His writings were not only manifestations of the sexual liberation of the times, but were also attempts to overcome what he had been raised to despise. Schanke's examination of Yeomans' life and legacy allows a rare exploration into the pivotal moment of gay American history between the Stonewall riots and the AIDS epidemic"--
Eva Le Gallienne : a bio-bibliography by Robert A Schanke( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shattered applause : the Eva Le Gallienne story by Robert A Schanke( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Walter Kerr said she was the epitome of stardom. In 1977 President Gerald Ford hailed her 'excellence of achievement' and in 1986 Ronald Reagan awarded her the National Medal of the Arts. She was selected by nationally known director Lee Strasberg as a 'vivid example of what American actors are capable of' and rivaled Helen Hayes for the crown of First Lady of American Theatre. Yet very little has been published about Eva La Gallienne despite her many great accomplishments as an actress and as the founding and maintaining force behind the first civic repertory theatre in the United States. Shattered Applause makes the first major contribution toward the correction of this oversight. This book looks at not only her public but also her private life, examining her lesbianism and how it played a part in the struggles, defeats, and triumphs that combined to inspire her greatness."
Women in Turmoil : Six Plays by Mercedes de Acosta by Robert A Schanke( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre history studies : a twenty year index, 1981-2000 by Robert A Schanke( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women in Turmoil by Robert A Schanke( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eva le Gallienne : first lady of repertory by Robert A Schanke( Book )

3 editions published between 1975 and 1987 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cuba inside out : revolution and contemporary theatre by Yael Prizant( )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 drastically altered life in Cuba. Theatre artists were faced with new economic and social realities that changed their day-to-day experiences and ways of looking at the world beyond the island. The Cuban Revolution's resistance to and intersections with globalization, modernity, emigration and privilege are central to the performances examined in this study. The first book-length study in English of Cuban and Cuban American plays, Cuba Inside Out provides a framework for understanding texts and performances that support, challenge, and transgress bounda
The gay [and] lesbian theatrical legacy : a biographical dictionary of major figures in American stage history in the pre-Stonewall era( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queer theatre and the legacy of Cal Yeomans by Robert A Schanke( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre history studies by University of North Dakota( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Theatre history studies 1995 by Robert A Schanke( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Shattered applause : the lives of Eva Le Gallienne
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Women in turmoil : six playsAngels in the American theater : patrons, patronage, and philanthropy"That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de AcostaPassing performances : queer readings of leading players in American theater historyStaging desire : queer readings of American theater historyThe gay & lesbian theatrical legacy : a biographical dictionary of major figures in American stage history in the pre-Stonewall eraQueer theatre and the legacy of Cal YeomansEva Le Gallienne : a bio-bibliography
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French (2)