Howard Barker


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Howard E. Barker (born 28 June 1946) is a British playwright.

Barker has coined the term "Theatre of Catastrophe" to describe his work. His plays often explore violence, sexuality, the desire for power, and human motivation.

Rejecting the widespread notion that an audience should share a single response to the events onstage, Barker works to fragment response, ... more »

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  • ''I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly.''
    Howard Barker (b. 1946), British poet, playwright. Guardian (London, Feb. 13, 1992).
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