J. Buck Jabaily

Influential books

July 27, 2008|By Joanna Brenner

J. Buck Jabaily is the artistic director of the Single Carrot Theatre on North Avenue. Jabaily and his friends founded the theater in Colorado in 2005 when they graduated from college, and they held their first show in Baltimore in January 2007. Jabaily is directing Shakespeare's Richard III, which runs through Aug. 3.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This epic, fueled by Garcia Marquez's towering imagination, has helped free my mind as a director. In his style of magical realism, every whim of the creative mind is to be mined, and this book taught me volumes about following the impulse of your ideas, even if you don't know where they're going to lead.

"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

This is my father's favorite book, and my father was not one to read for pleasure often. I read it shortly after my father died and was completely captivated by the style and finesse that Steinbeck writes with - he is one of my favorite storytellers, and this is one of those books that rattles around in my brain years after reading it.

"The Fervent Years" by Harold Clurman

The bible for people who have started theater companies. Clurman helped start the famous Group Theatre during the Depression (an even harder time to make a theater work than today). The Group gave rise to some of the most influential theater teachers and artists of the 20th century, including Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Stella Adler and Clifford Odets. Reading this book was the inspiration for the birth of Single Carrot.

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