Loving Repeating: A Musical Adapted from the Writings of Gertrude Stein - Libretto

Loving Repeating: A Musical Adapted from the Writings of Gertrude Stein - Libretto

Loving Repeating: A Musical Adapted from the Writings of Gertrude Stein - Libretto

by: Gertrude Stein, Northwestern University Press, Stephen Flaherty

by: Gertrude Stein, Northwestern University Press, Stephen Flaherty

Loving Repeating: A Musical Adapted from the Writings of Gertrude Stein - Libretto

Loving Repeating: A Musical Adapted from the Writings of Gertrude Stein - Libretto

by: Gertrude Stein, Northwestern University Press, Stephen Flaherty

by: Gertrude Stein, Northwestern University Press, Stephen Flaherty

Overview

Frank Galati's dramatic adaptation of Gertrude Stein's texts begins with Stein at age 60 as she is lecturing at the University of Chicago in 1934. She starts to speak about her writing, specifically her use of repetition, and to connect this idea with her own life experiences. A young Gertrude then appears to guide the audience through her memories of her life as a student, falling in love with Alice B. Toklas, their time together in France and Alice's account of Stein's final day. These vignettes, each culminating in a song (music by Stephen Flaherty), adeptly encapsulate the joy and passion of Stein's life and work, and the depth and complexity of a lesbian romance. Galati sheds new light on Stein's views on language, communication, and ideas by emphasizing how her art evolved from her fascination with the repetition of human behavior-as Stein sings to the audience "Loving repeating is one way of being."

Authors

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein

 Northwestern University Press

Northwestern University Press

Stephen Flaherty

Stephen Flaherty