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Manifesto for a New Theatre: Followed by Infabulation
Guernica Editions, Fall 2008
132 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550712827
ISBN10: 1550712829
English
Translated from the Italian
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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Pasolini published the Manifesto for a New Theatre in Nuovi Argomenti in 1968, while preparing to direct Orgia, another of his six verse tragedies. While betraying his personal dissatisfaction with his own theatre work, the Manifesto mercilessly dissects Italian theatre into two types and exposes the presumption and uselessness of both. Later, in 1968, when his production of Orgia is met with hoots of derision, he will take the blame upon himself, saying: "My fault. I hoped to create a shift by leaping over the rules decreed by mass culture. But to do that, you have to commit yourself like a pioneer, for a lifetime. Otherwise you might as well just give it up."

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