The Empty Space
Peter Brook’s The Empty Space is a book full of precise opinion that criticizes the present day status of theater. He goes into extreme detail and theory in four different aspects of theater: Deadly, Holy, Rough, and Immediate. Each of these aspects deals with different attributes of the theater that Peter Brook thinks are lacking in current theater today. While reading this book many emotions filled my conscience. I understood where he was coming from on a lot of his views, but for most of the book I just thought the content was pretty pretentious. But with any book on subjects such as these there will be either strong emotions of approval or dismissal. I did appreciate and understand some the arguments he articulated, but for the most part I thought his pessimistic view was un-encouraging for artists like myself.
The deadly theater, for me, was the hardest and most aggravating chapter to read by far. I understand that not all theater produced in our day and time is spectacular but I do think we are producing theater worth creating and watching. I also understand how influential and important our past play wrights are, and how understanding them is essential in creating great pieces of work. But I do believe that some of our modern playwrights such as Tony Kushner and Suzan Lori Parks are producing great arts of work that are new and inventive and extremely important to the culture of theater today. I will refuse to believe that our theater world is in complete shambles and must be rebuilt. I will agree that maybe the past was sufficiently better and in that time maybe they had something that we have been missing or have lost. But I believe in our theater and I believe there are plenty of talented young artists out there who are just waiting for the chance to jump in and create theater worth living. “It is hard for him to retain his enthusiasm, when there are few good plays anywhere in the world. Year after year there is rich new material...
Cited: Peter, Brook. The Empty Space. New York City: Simon & Schuster, 1996. Print.
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