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... I do not think I will teaching Stoppard, but I will be talking about him and our PoMo times.

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... Tom Stoppard has written extensively for film and television. Some of his better-known scripts and adaptations include:

(1975) Three Men in a Boat (adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome's novel for BBC Television)

(1975) The Boundary (co-authored by Clive Exton, a 30 minute BBC television play written, rehearsed and performed within a week)

(1977) Professional Foul (dedicated to fellow playwright Václav Havel)

* (1985) Brazil (co-authored with Terry Gilliam, script nominated for an Academy Award)

* (1987) Empire of the Sun

* (1990) The Russia House

* (1998) Shakespeare in Love (co-authored with Marc Norman, script won an Academy Award)

* (2001) Enigma

(2005) His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (a draft screenplay, subsequently rejected)

(2007) The Bourne Ultimatum

From rg08

... see other STOPPARD pages [413].

Page & Stage [postmodern] -- "play-writer"

Stoppard -- R/G pages:

1. pomo.vtheatre.net/RG

2. pomo.vtheatre.net/stoppard

3. shows.vtheatre.net.stoppard

4. script.vtheatre.net/stoppard

5. filmplus.org/thr/stoppard

6. filmplus.org/plays/R-G.html [text]

7. filmplus.org/plays/stoppard [ru]

* R+G webpages * Theatre UAF

... and how to read "Stoppard Case"?

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"Plays are events rather than texts. They're written to happen, not to be read." — Tom Stoppard from an interview with Mel Gussow in the New York Times, 29 July 1979. [ * ]

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related pages: absurd * beckett * pinter* pomo * pmdrama * wilde? ...

scenes and monologues (samples) : acting and directing pages

Listen to the interview with Tom Stoppard BBC


... Happy birthday : 1937 (2007) = 70. Stoppard -- what a year to be born in! [ see Utopia Project ]


2008 -- ... His first major success came with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1966) which catapulted him into the front ranks of modern playwrights overnight when it opened in London in 1967. The play, which chronicles the tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play, was immediately hailed as a modern dramatic masterpiece.

... Then, in 1977, after visiting Russia with a member of Amnesty International, Stoppard became concerned with a number of human rights issues which have manifested themselves in his work. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1977) was actually written at the request of André Previn and was inspired by a meeting with Russian exile Viktor Fainberg. And Professional Foul (1977), a television play, was Stoppard's contribution to Amnesty International's declaration of 1977 as Prisoner of Conscience Year.

2008 Theatre UAF (calendar)

PLAYER: Tragedy, sir. Deaths and disclosures, universal and particular, denouements both unexpected and inexorable, transvestite melodrama on all levels including the suggestive. We transport you into the world of intrigue and illusion... clowns, if you like, murderers - we can do you ghosts and battles, on the skirmish levels, heroes, villains, tormented lovers - set pieces in the poetic vein; we can do you rapiers or rape or both, by all means, faithless wives and ravished virgins - flagrante delicto at a price, but that comes under realism for which there are special terms. Getting warm, am I?

Auditions 1.25.08 Notes (t-blog) : Player = Hamlet -- that is already a postmodern thought.

mono-play (Godot-like), two characters as one.

... Director’s Thoughts about Sir Tom and his Writing

"All that is straight lies," the dwarf murmured contemptuously. "All truth is crooked; time itself is a circle." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Postmodernism is old, but Americans still do not know what PoMo is, even though they’ve already had two post modern presidents. When students ask me about the postmodern, I tell them to read "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". First written in 1964, then re-written in 1966 and 68, Tom Stoppard, “dove into the world's most famous play, Hamlet, and retold it from the point of view of two bumbling support players. The entire world is a stage, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play their part, finding themselves unwitting pawns in history's greatest tragedy (was written about the 1990 movie based on the play and directed by Stoppard himself)”.

This play is a “pastiche” of Shakespeare and Beckett and represents the game of the present with the past, when the present has no plans for future -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as two characters in "Waiting for Godot" do not understand the world no matter how hard they try to think about life.

A darling of college stage, the script has it all, the good and bad of modern theatre (witty language and weak plot). "Comedy about Tragedy" is how I define the genre for myself.

For Lev Tolstoy, all of Shakespeare was nonsensical for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the action makes no sense {What do you mean by nonsense and why doesn’t the action make sense?} And what about life for Stoppard? Or for me... all nonsense? Oh, this is perhaps, the most dramatic (absurd and thus tragic?) part of "to be and not to be"!

Free will and destiny ? -- no, we are afraid of classic dictionary! Our heroes avoid decisions.

... is it about us?

You bet.

Re-read Hamlet... and then you would see this play as never ending dialogue about ouselves.


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Stoppard & Utopia

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Paperback) by Tom Stoppard (Author) 978-0802132758 + DVD (plays-20)

Tom Stoppard: An Introduction
by Victor L. Cahn, Associate Professor of English : ... Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967), Stoppard's first international success. Here he dramatizes the plight of two peripheral characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, as they meander in and out of the turmoil that ravages the Danish court of Elsinore. The two men are unaware that Prince Hamlet has been ordered by his father's Ghost to revenge the murder of this father, the King, at the hands of Claudius, now ruler of Denmark and husband of Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. Nor have they any sense of the social, political, religious, and sexual implications of this crisis. All they know is that they have been summoned to discover why Hamlet, their old school chum, seems so distressed. Stoppard weaves scenes from Shakespeare with his own sparkling dialogue, creating a memorable portrait of two little men who seek to understand a world hopelessly beyond their ken. [ ... ]

... http://www.nndb.com/people/381/000026303/ -- bio

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http://www.lib.ru/PXESY/STOPPARD/r_g_engl.txt : Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (online play)

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http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc46.html -- Tom Stoppard was born "Tom Straussler" in Zlin, Czechoslovakia on July 3, 1937. His family moved to Singapore in 1939 to escape the Nazis. Then, shortly before the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1941, young Tom fled to Darjeeling, India with his mother and brother. His father, however, Eugene Straussler, remained behind and was killed during the invasion. In 1946, the family emigrated to England after Tom's mother married Kenneth Stoppard, a major in the British army....

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