Stagestruck is an engrossing narrative of schulmans mainly futile struggle to gain recognition and legal restitution for the use of her material but more than that is an expose of how mainstream theater has twisted gay and lesbian culture and themes such as aids to make it more palatable to mass audiences. She offers a visceral description of that culture and its devastation in stagestruck theater aids and the marketing of gay america she discusses plays about aids and those written by gay men lesbians and black women in marvelously lucid observant prose i have not read such outstanding commentary about them anywhere. Stagestruck theater aids and the marketing of gay america is a non fiction book by lesbian writer sarah schulman the book examines the similarities between her novel people in trouble and jonathan larsons award winning musical rent. Get this from a library stagestruck theater aids and the marketing of gay america sarah schulman stagestruck theater aids and the marketing of gay america. 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 rentwritten with a powerful and personal voice schulmans book is part gossipy narrative part behind the scenes glimpse into the new york theater culture and part polem
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