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With his ongoing exploration into actor behavior and an ever-innovative body of work, Richard Maxwell has written a study guide to the art of making theater. This illuminating volume provides a deeper understanding of his work, aesthetic philosophy, and process for creating theater.

Richard Maxwell is a director and playwright and the artistic director of New York City Players. Maxwell's plays have been commissioned and presented in over 20 countries. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist. Maxwell has been selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and he was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial (2012). Maxwell is the recipient of the 2014 Spalding Gray Award.

©2015 Richard Maxwell (P)2015 Richard Maxwell

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"One of the strongest directors out there - an artist committed to making us see the world for what it is." - (New Yorker)

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Thin for the money

Maxwell puts forward some interesting ideas but he doesn't bother to develop them very much. For a subject as broad and as profound as acting and performance, an hour long book is shockingly short.

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