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Stagestruck: Theater, Aids, And The Marketing Of Gay America
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Author : Sarah Schulman
Publisher : Duke University Press Books
ISBN# : 9780822322641
Pages : 176
Price :INR 1325
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Book Description

While working as a theater critic for Manhattans New York Press in 1996, novelist Sarah Schulman reviewed the original off-Broadway production of the eventual worldwide hit Rent. She did not particularly like the show and resented what she saw as its easy and simple-minded appropriation of the East Villages gay and alternative cultures. It was only later, when a friend pointed it out to her, that she began to see that the writer and composer of Rent, Jonathan Larson, had "borrowed" a good chunk of his plays plot and detail from Schulmans own 1987 novel People in Trouble. This shock of recognition was transformative, and it ultimately led to the writing of Stagestruck.

Schulman begins with an unhappy account of having her novel ripped off by Larson, but uses this as a springboard to discuss the broader and more complex issues of how gay themes--particularly AIDS--are used and distorted in mainstream culture, focusing her discussion on a wide range of entertainments including the film Philadelphia, Jon Robin Baitzs play A Fair Country, performances by Diamanda Galas, and POZ magazine. As in her best novels, Schulmans observations on culture and politics are astute and startlingly original. Stagestruck is an incisive and important work of social criticism. --Michael BronskiNoted novelist Sarah Schulman offers an account of the startling similarities between her book "People in Trouble" and the smash Broadway hit "Rent", showing how mainstream artists co-opt the talents of "marginal" artists to give an air of diversity and authenticity to their own work. Her book is part gossipy narrative and part behind the scenes glimpse into the New York theater culture.


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