Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise by Rachel Brownstein

By Rachel Brownstein

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1993
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]Rachel Felix (1821-58), the homely daughter of terrible Jewish peddlers, was once the 1st level actress to accomplish foreign stardom - and the final individual one could have anticipated to resurrect the cultural patrimony of France. but her passionate, startling performances of the works of Racine and Corneille stored them from nearly yes obsolescence after the autumn of Napoleon (who had relished classical French tragedy) and the emergence of Romanticism. Audiences in Paris, London, Boston, and Moscow overjoyed to her voice, and gobbled the rumors of her offstage promiscuity and extravagance.

Her reputation - equivalent elements recognition and notoriety - was once so nice that she may well nonchalantly cast off her final identify. los angeles grande Rachel nearly invented the position of the famous person, whereas final a logo of the top paintings and so much critical cultural goals. certainly, her id used to be fraught with such contradictions - which intrigued the general public all of the extra. From the instant she used to be chanced on enjoying the guitar at the streets of Lyons, to her debut at the Parisian degree on the age of fifteen, to her severe and advertisement triumphs as Camille, Phedre, and different tormented girls, Rachel's occupation used to be exhaustively "managed."

A sequence of theater experts, influential reviewers, and impresarios - together with her brash and opportunistic father - claimed the credits for her miraculous luck. What this abundance of male managers has consistently obscured is Rachel's personal decisiveness and keep an eye on over her money and time - not just did she play her a number of champions (and high-profile enthusiasts) opposed to each other, she overtly defied them. a few referred to as her obdurate, even perverse; in those pages, we come to acknowledge her as a girl sooner than her time, a charismatic person a great deal accountable for her personal future. As her fascination with all issues Napoleonic indicates, Rachel cherished energy - either own - and had the expertise to command it.

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It had the nicest piece of individually wrapped Kraft American cheese on it, nice square and safe. This is a picture of me from a performance work at the Kitchen in NYC. My name is spraypainted with black Rustoleum on my chest. If you paint your name on your chest then you can point to it to help you remember and understand who you are in the world and the way things work. And if you understand your name then maybe you can understand other words too and the big ideas of our time. Behind me in the picture are more words painted on the wall.

Come back here. : Yeah?    : OK. You go down First Avenue to St. Marks, this way. No John, St. Marks is this way. Second Avenue—north and south is like this. Come on. : Where are we gonna go? : St. Marks Place and Second Avenue. OK, there’s the Gem Spa. : Stand right there! Come over, right here. Start over again. : Past the Gem Spa, past the Chinese restaurant, past : Are we down Second?    : past the Immigrant Savings Bank, past The Saint, past 103 Second Avenue, past Block Drugs, and then you’re at— I’d like two bialys, three pumpernickel bagels, a quarterpound of cream cheese.

Written in the headlong lowercase style he affected in many early writings, its hectic pace anticipates humorous passages in his later performance works. The burning newspapers described here were an element of Paint Yrself Red/Me & Mayakovsky (1980). The quoted inscription comes from a stained-glass window at PS 122, originally a school in the immigrant neighborhood of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The ketchup vandalism was aimed at the set of a feminist play about waitressing. Miller no longer recalls the “rolling rock” reference—perhapsbeer,perhapsliteralrocksinaperformance, perhaps both.

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