An Introduction to: the Art of Theatre: A Comprehensive Text -- Past, Present and Future

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VOYA - Laura Panter
This text, meant to stimulate interest in the dramatic arts, attempts to provide an understanding of all forms of theatre and dramatic styles. From the origins of theatre in ancient times to the Broadway productions of today, Cassady discusses how theatre has evolved through the ages. Passages from books and journals by theatre artists are included in each chapter, along with excerpts from famous plays, to aid in the understanding of dramatic works. The bulk of the book focuses on the creation of a production, from the role of the director to the responsibilities of the designers, actors, and support staff. The role of the playwright is explored giving readers a basic overview of the writer's creative process in writing for audience appeal. The remainder of the text provides a background on architectural spaces used in housing theatrical events, the types of genres that categorize dramatic writing, and the various forms of dramatic structure. Although Cassady means for this text to educate the novice student on the components that make up dramatic theatre, the book falls short of its mark. Cassady strives to present an interesting text only to be too ambitious in highlighting many topics that lack substantial development. Without the benefit of the accompanying teacher's manual to elaborate on the subjects covered in the text, students will walk away with more questions than answers. This work is more appropriate for first-year college students looking to get a basic handle on theatre history and the composition of a production.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566081177
  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 353
  • Sales rank: 460,049
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     1
Acknowledgments     4
Theatre, Drama, and Place     5
What Are Theatre and Drama?     7
Dramatic Structure     32
Dramatic Style and Genre     52
Architecture and Space     70
The Production     91
The Playwright     93
The Actor     115
The Director     138
The Designers and Supporting Artists     168
The Business Side of Theatre     205
The Audience and the Critic     220
Theatre History     243
Theatre's Beginnings     245
Medieval Theatre     261
Renaissance Theatre     273
Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Theatre     290
Nineteenth- to Twenty-First-Century Theatre     303
Glossary     332
Selected Bibliography     346
Permissions Acknowledgments     352
About the Author     355
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