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Stagestruck - PB

Stagestruck - PB

Sarah Schulman

ISBN: 9780822322641

Noted novelist Sarah Schulman offers an account of the startling similarities between her book "People in Trouble" and the smash Broadway hit "Rent", showing how mainstream artists co-opt the talents of "marginal" artists to give an air of diversity and authenticity to their own work. Her book is part gossipy narrative and part behind the scenes glimpse into the New York theater culture.

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In "Stagestruck" noted novelist and outspoken critic Sarah Schulman offers an account of her growing awareness of the startling similarities between her novel "People in Trouble" and the smash Broadway hit "Rent." Written with a powerful and personal voice, Schulman's book is part gossipy narrative, part behind-the-scenes glimpse into the New York theater culture, and part polemic on how mainstream artists co-opt the work of "marginal" artists to give an air of diversity and authenticity to their own work. Rising above the details of her own case, Schulman boldly uses her suspicions of copyright infringement as an opportunity to initiate a larger conversation on how AIDS and gay experience are being represented in American art and commerce.
Closely recounting her discovery of the ways in which "Rent" took materials from her own novel, Schulman takes us on her riveting and infuriating journey through the power structures of New York theater and media, a journey she pursued to seek legal restitution and make her voice heard. Then, to provide a cultural context for the emergence of "Rent--"which Schulman experienced first-hand as a weekly theater critic for""the" New York Press" at the time of" Rent"'s premiere--she reveals in rich detail the off- and off-off-Broadway theater scene of the time. She argues that these often neglected works and performances provide more nuanced and accurate depictions of the lives of gay men, Latinos, blacks, lesbians and people with AIDS than popular works seen in full houses on Broadway stages. Schulman brings her discussion full circle with an incisive look at how gay and lesbian culture has become rapidly commodified, not only by mainstream theater productions such as "Rent" but also by its reduction into a mere demographic made palatable for niche marketing. Ultimately, Schulman argues, American art and culture has made acceptable a representation of "the homosexual" that undermines, if not completely erases, the actual experiences of people who continue to suffer from discrimination or disease. "Stagestruck"'s message is sure to incite discussion and raise the level of debate about cultural politics in America today.


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Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a playwright, novelist and journalist. Her plays include Carson McCullers (2002) and Manic Flight Reaction (2005), both produced at Playwrights Horizons, and the theatrical adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Enemies, A Love Story. She has written the novels The Child (2007), Shimmer (1998), Rat Bohemia (1995), Empathy (1992), People in Trouble (1990), After Delores (1988), ... view full profile

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