Peter Brook, one of the most respected experimental theater directors of the 20th century, provides the connective link between these two books. On Directing (edited by British theater scholars Giannachi and Luckhurst) is a collection of interviews with 21 mid-career British directors, most of whom are unknown to American audiences. The book tries to pin down the state of stage directing in British theater in the 1990s. Although the directors draw from a variety of doctrines and methods, an overwhelming percentage of them credit Brook (who also wrote the preface) with providing inspiration for their work. Carefully edited by actor and acting teacher Moffitt, Between Two Silences is a transcription of Brook's several days' residency with a group of actors, directors, designers, and students from Southern Methodist University and neighboring theaters. These sessions show Brook at his most familiar--elegant and thoughtful. But occasionally, his wealth of experience illuminates his ideas in new ways.