Theater and Literature

Pencil and coffee on paper (copyright Gerald Thomas 2015)

Pencil and coffee on paper (copyright Gerald Thomas 2015)

Anatole Rosenfeld once wrote:

“ The theater is older than literature and, thus, does not depend on it. There are plays which aren’t based on literary texts. According to ethnologists, the Pygmies perform an extraordinary theater, completely void of any text. They are capable of acting the agony of an elephant with a perfect impression, as if it were a true art. They might even use a few words here and there, obeying the oral tradition. But there isn’t a formal text laid out as literature.”

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