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Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater

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Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater

As San Francisco's legendary American Conservatory Theater prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Artistic Director Carey Perloff pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty-plus years at the helm, and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world.

Perloff's personal and professional journey --- her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change --- is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis.

Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.

Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater
by Carey Perloff

  • Publication Date: February 10, 2015
  • Genres: Autobiography, Nonfiction, Performing Arts
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Foundation Books
  • ISBN-10: 1931404143
  • ISBN-13: 9781931404143