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April 16, 2007

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

World of Czech theatre takes center stage in Brandesky’s new book

Audiences who missed the chance to explore the Czech contribution to the world of modern theatre during the U.S. exhibits of Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999 and Metaphor and Irony 2: František Tröster and Contempory Czech Theatre Design have another chance. Dr. Joe Brandesky’s new book, Czech Theatre Design in the Twentieth Century: Metaphor and Irony Revisited, is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

Brandesky, professor of Theatre at The Ohio State University at Lima, brings together a stimulating collection of essays and images that highlight the essential contributions of the Czech theatre community to the larger world of modern theatre.  

The essays and images feature the craft of 27 of the best Czech stage and costume designers of the 20th century. The book also includes biographies of the designers, a bibliography, photos, and a CD that provides access to the vibrant and sophisticated images of the Czech theatrical world, including 138 richly colorful paintings and drawings of costumes, models and set designs.

In June, the book will make its Czech debut during Prague Quadrennial 2007, a 10-day exhibition of scenography and theatre architecture from 60 countries. Ohio State students will be on hand as part of a study tour led by Brandesky, his fifth to the Czech Republic. Students that will accompany him on the trip are now enrolled in the Czech Theatre and Culture class at Ohio State Lima and Columbus.

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