We are pleased to announce the publication of Richard Maxwell’s Theater for Beginners, a unique meditation on the art and practice of theatre, from one of its most original thinkers and practitioners.
“One of the strongest directors out there—an artist committed to making us see the world for what it is.”
—Hilton Als, New Yorker
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 theatre. This illuminating volume provides a deeper understanding of his work, aesthetic philosophy and process for creating theatre.
“His work is troubling. . . . But the trouble is intriguing and fruitful in itself, and therefore worth having.”
—Michael Feingold, Village Voice
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.