In London, Porteous's eyes were opened to the work of seminal Czech scenographer, Josef Svoboda and Romanian director, Liviu Ciulei
, among other great European theatre artists.
The Guthrie will eventually win the 1982 Regional Theatre Tony Award with artistic director Liviu Ciulei
at the helm.
Unlike the high post-modernism of Liviu Ciulei
in the early 1980s or the eclectic aestheticism and focus on company development of his immediate predecessor, Garland Wright, Dowling's approach seems decidedly unchallenging--aimed at subscribers, donors, and politicians who, even in a period of fiscal austerity, are financing the new theatre complex on the Mississippi riverfront.
This tract of a play about the poison of prejudice is a pretty excruciating evening; as staged with a stern hand by Romanian director Liviu Ciulei
, the show has the dull flavor and thick consistency of cold porridge.
The stark, off-center columned facade, designed by Liviu Ciulei
, evoked the demons lurking behind the surface propriety of the Mannon mansion, and Ciulei's plain, well-appointed interiors suggested a nineteenth-century bourgeois household.
This book examines in detail some examples of American directorial 'rewrightings', from the 1960s onwards, of 'classic' plays: of the Greek and Roman theatre (by Andrei Serban, Richard Schechner, and Lee Breuer); of Shakespeare (Joseph Papp, Robert Woodruff, JoAnne Akalaitis, and Breuer); of Moliere (Serban, Garland Wright, Richard Foreman, Liviu Ciulei
, and Lucian Pintilie); of a Mozart trilogy, by Peter Sellars.
The role of the avant-garde director has deep roots in pre-1989 behavior; winning awards at international festivals for their experimental work was a recognized path out of Communist oppression and into western employment for Liviu Ciulei
and several others.
Looking back to the play's last major New York incarnation, directed by Liviu Ciulei
for the Circle in the Square in 1978, Stanley Kauffmann wrote, "Gogol's comedy, loved by so many readers, is weak on stage today.
He went on press junkets, attending premieres and screenings and calling things whatever way he saw them--all this while teaching his class and offering service as a dramaturg to Liviu Ciulei
at the Guthrie, his spiritual home.
Max Frisch's "Andorra," directed by Liviu Ciulei
, starts performances April 2, opening April 7.
was an architect, a stage designer, an actor and a director.
From 1980 to 1983, Wright served as associate artistic director to Liviu Ciulei
at the Guthrie and went on to Washington, D.