Pride and Prejudice
Adapted by Christopher Baker
Broadway Play Publishing, 2017
DC METRO THEATER ARTS
"A brilliantly entertaining show that immediately sweeps the audience up in its joyous storytelling....Baker preserves the sense and sensibility of the novel, transforming it into a richly theatrical experience."
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
"While respectful of Austen, [Baker] does not aim for mere imitation or by-the-numbers re-creation; the dialogue sounds authentic and natural. This is, above all, an entertaining work of theater."
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Molière in an Hour
Smith and Kraus, April 2010
Shakespeare in an Hour
Smith and Kraus, April 2010
"Christopher Baker...initially enlists the reader on a flight of imagination: What if an autobiography of William Shakespeare were to be discovered? From there, his energy never flags, and he sets the scene of the writer's times with great flourish. Shakespeare's status as a giant is inarguable, but it's when Baker treats him on a human scale that we learn more, as when we are reminded that 'it is more likely that Shakespeare did not actually invent many of the words for which we give him credit, but rather was the first to write them down. "
HAN ONG, AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE , MAY/JUNE, 2010
"[A] kind of Red Bull for theater buffs."
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Chapters & Essays in Books
“Danton’s Death at the Alley Theatre.”
in The Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process.
Ed. Mark Bly. Theatre Communications Group, 1996.
"...Dramaturg Christopher Baker’s notes... which began in preproduction and end by considering critical responses (including his own) are a record of skill. To read them is to track details over time and to see impediments ramify into creations…This narrative…provides a small window into the dramaturg’s skillfulness; the production of sustained involvement with a production and his facility at shuttling between the drawing board and the building site."
LAWRENCE SWITZKY, "DRAMATURGY AS SKILL, FUNCTION, AND VERB," IN THE ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO DRAMATURGY, ED. BY MAGDA ROMANSKA, 2014.
“From Field to Footlights: The Life and Career of Gwen Reed.”
in African American Connecticut Explored.
Ed by Elizabeth Normen. Wesleyan University Press, 2013.
Originally appeared in a slightly different form in Hog River Journal, vol. 2, number 3, 2004.
“Eliot Goldenthal: Big Music for Big Mythic Themes.”
in The Lively ART.
Ed. Arthur Holmberg. Ivan R. Dee, 1999.
Articles in Journals & Periodicals
“Wilson, Danton and Me.”
in The American Theatre Reader
Theatre Communications Group, 2009.
Account by actor Richard Thomas as told to Christopher Baker. Originally published in American Theatre, July 1993.
"Dangerous Species," Breaking Character Magazine, April, 2017.
“New England Theater in Review: Shakespeare and Company,” (performance
review). New England Theater Journal 16, November, 2015. pp. 182-185
review). Theatre Journal, vol. 56, num. 1, March 2004.
“Macbeth: Interview with Michael Wilson.” Arts and Entertainment Life, Fall, 2000.
“Why Put on Painful Play?” The Hartford Courant, January 19, 2000.
“Wilson’s Hamlet: The Arithmetic of Memory.” American Theatre, Sept. 1995.
Publications of Theatres
Editor. Dollhouse. by Theresa Rebeck. Hartford: Hartford Stage, 2001.
The Shakespeare Theatre Guide. Washington, DC: The Shakespeare Theatre, 1995.
Associate editor. Danton’s Death Production Book. Houston: Alley Theatre, 1993.
Over 150 articles and essays in the newsletters, playbills and study guides of the Alley Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Julliard Drama Division, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Rain or Shine Theatre (UK), Shakespeare Theatre, and TheatreWorks (CA).