The Drama Book Shop is pleased to present the "The School of Doing: Lessons from theater master Gerald Freedman," by Isaac Klein
Book release, reading, and signing, moderated by Cigdem Onat.
Wednesday, December 6th @ 4pm
The School of Doing is a comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and the business itself.
In this unique and thrilling tribute to a legend of the American theater, author Isaac Klein corroborates Freedman’s wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, Hal Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O’Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more.
Some of the book’s contributors, as well as other special guests will be in attendance at the release event.
Gerald Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story for Jerome Robbins. He went on to direct many classic and new works for producer Joseph Papp, including the world premiere of the musicalHair as the inaugural production of the Public Theater. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, and became the first American to direct at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He served as Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as the Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford’s American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of the Acting Company with John Houseman. He taught at the Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he was Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012.
The School of Doing is written and edited by director and writer Isaac Klein, who was mentored by Freedman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Isaac Klein is a director and writer of plays and musicals. His work has been seen at the PIT, the O’Neill, the Flea, the York, the Lark, the Box, BAM, Fresh Ground Pepper, Loft227, Crashbox, Pipeline, FringeNYC, LPAC, Abrons Arts Center, Theater Row, Judson Church, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Exit Pursued By A Bear, Guild Hall, Woolly Mammoth, Barn Arts Collective, and the Museum of Natural History, among others. Assistant/Associate credits include work for Sir Peter Shaffer, the Public, Lincoln Center, EST, Playwrights Horizons, LaMama, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the most recent Broadway revivals of Gypsy and West Side Story. The School of Doing is his first book.