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Why Do You Need this New Edition?

This eighth edition is significantly revised and has new features not found in the seventh edition of The Enjoyment of Theatre:

  • Full, run-of-the-book color. For the first time, The Enjoyment of Theatre features color throughout. You will find that the added color will hold your interest and call attention to important concepts. Pictures of theatre productions now fully reveal the director and designers’ intent.
  • Thanks to a revolutionary publishing process, this popular text is now priced below the previous black-and-white edition and most theatre texts on the market today.
  • Over 25 new Spotlights. Throughout the twenty-one chapters you will discover a new feature called Spotlights in which key questions of theatre’s art and history, aswell as the contributions of significant individuals, are explored in greater detail.
  • A new chapter on US theatre since 2000. This edition adds a new chapter on American theatre since the millennium, complete with telling visuals to help you understand today’s theatre.
  • Significant revisions and additions to chapters. One-third of the chapters have been revised, reorganized, or rewritten for clarity to aid you to understand theatre art and history.
  • Updating. Examples have been updated throughout and new information added to make sure you get the most current view of theatre throughout the world.
  • New Illustrations. More than one-third of the illustrations are new to this edition, including those of Broadway productions and regional theatres throughout America. Included too are productions from college and university theatres to give you an understanding of what schools like yours are producing. This edition also builds on proven features from past editions. The

Enjoyment of Theatre's balanced coverage of performance and history provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to theatre. This text covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history, establishes the aesthetic underpinnings of theatre art, as well as performance/production topics such as playwriting, acting, directing, and the theatre industry. The

authors make theatre come alive by showing you how theatre is relevant to your everyday life. You are told at the bFeginning of each chapter, under Objectives, what you should take away from that chapter. At the conclusion of each chapter there is a list of Key Terms to alert you to significant, and probably testable, concepts. The glossary includes all key terms with notation to the page in which the term first appears.

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Table of Contents


PART I: Locating Theatre, Experiencing Plays: Theory and Criticism

Chapter 1: Theatre: Performance and Art

Why Theatre

Theatre as Performance

Theatre as Art

Theatre as Performing Art

Key Terms

Chapter 2: Theatre: The Performing Audience: Three Roles

Window on the World

Theatre as Art: The Role of the Audience

Theatre as Cultural Expression: The Role of the Audience

Theatre as Business: The Role of the Audience

Key Terms

Chapter 3: How to Read a Play

Seeing versus Reading

Preliminary Work

Play Analysis Using the Parts of the Play

Organizing a Response

Key Terms

Chapter 4: How to See a Play

Experiencing the Performance

Preliminary Work

Performance Analysis

Organizing a Response

Key Terms

Chapter 5: Mediating the Art and Business of Theatre

Mediators of Theatre Art

Mediators of Theatre Business

Key Terms

PART II: Today’s Theatre and Its Makers: Theatre Practice

Chapter 6: Making Theatre Today: The Context

Theatre Spaces

Theatrical Venues in the United States

Amateur Theatre

Theatre Funding

Key Terms

Chapter 7: Playwrights

The Nature of Playwrights and Playwriting

Sources of Plays and Playwrights

Playwrights and their Culture

The Playwright’s Career

Training Playwrights

From Page to Stage: Professional Issues

What Is Good Playwriting?

Key Terms

Chapter 8: Actors

The Nature of Acting

Training Actors

Audition, Rehearsal, and Performance

What Is Good Acting?

Key Terms

Chapter 9: Directors

The Nature of Directing

The Director at Work

Training Directors

What Is Good Directing?

Key Terms

Chapter 10: Designers and Technicians

The Nature of Design

Designers at Work

Training Designers

What Is Good Design?

Key Terms

PART III: Theatre of Other Times and Places: Theatre History

Part IIIa: Facade Stages (534 B.C.E. - c.550 C.E.)

Chapter 11: The Theatre of Greece


Traits of Greek Theatre

Plays and Playwrights

Theatre Buildings and Practices

The End of Athens’ Golden Age

Key Terms

Chapter 12: The Theatre of Rome


Roman Festivals and Theatre

Theatre Buildings, Scenery, Costumes, and Masks


The Empire and the End of Roman Drama

The Breakup of the Empire

The Eastern (Byzantine) Empire and Theatre

Key Terms

Part IIIb: Emblem, Environment, and Simultaneity (c. 950 - c. 1650)

Chapter 13: Theatre in the Middle Ages


Early Medieval Drama and Theatre

Medieval Culture and Theatre, c.1200—c. 1550

The End of Medieval Religious Theatre: The Transformation of Medieval Secular Theatre

Key Terms

Chapter 14: The Golden Ages of England and Spain


The Renaissance in the North: The Age of Shakespeare

The Closing of English Theatres

The Spanish Golden Age

Theatres in the East

Key Terms

Part IIIc: Illusionism (c. 1550 - 1960)

Chapter 15: The Italian Renaissance

Mainstream Theatre

An Alternative Theatre: Commedia dell’Arte

Ital: Eclipse

Key Terms

Chapter 16: The Triumph and Decline of Neoclassicism

French Theatre

English Restoration Theatre and Beyond (1660–c. 1750)

English Theatre in America

Key Terms

Chapter 17: Successful Failure: Theatre and Reform, 1750 — the 1950s


Three Countries, Two Experiences

First Wave: Romanticism, 1750—1850

Second Wave: Realism, 1850—1950

Realism and Naturalism: Three Important Leaders

Third Wave: Avant-Gardism, 1890—1950

Avant-Garde Theatres and Movements

Key Terms

Chapter 18: The Rise and Triumph of Commercialism: 1750 - 1950s


Commercial Theatre

Drama in the Commercial Theatre

Theatres and Production Practices

The Decline of Commercial Theatre

Responses to Commercial Theatre

Key Terms

Chapter 19: Eclectic Theatre, c. 1950-c.2000


Avant-garde Theatre

The Influence of the Avant-garde

Professional Theatre

The decline and Cultural Displacement of Theatre

Key Terms

Chapter 20: U.S. Theatre, 2000-2010


Theatrical Changes

A Faded Avant-garde

Commercial and Not-for-Profit Theatres

Theatre Trends in the New Millennium

Key Terms

Chapter 21: Global Theatre


The East

The Islamic World


Key Terms



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