The final straw: Producing James Purdy at the Trinity Square rep

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The article discusses the work of director Adrian Hall at the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. His relationship with the theater's board of directors after a season in which several controversial works were presented is examined. Particular focus is given to Hall's staging of a theatrical adaptation of the novel "Eustace Chisholm and the Works," by James Purdy. It notes that the work included a focus on homosexuality and included violence, nudity and the depiction of an abortion. Hall's vision of American theatre, his dismissal of the board of directors, and the role of the play "Eustace Chisholm and the Works" in defining the Trinity Theatre in the community are also explored.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalTheatre History Studies
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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