Whether you are a theatre major looking forward to a career in the arts, or a non major interested in an overview to help you better appreciate theatre as an audience member, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE is a welcome and helpful resource. Written by highly respected theatre historians, the text has earned its reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre. Its vibrant treatment of theatre practice—past and present—catalogs the origins of theatre through postmodernism and performance art. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE will encourage you and get you excited about becoming an active theatergoer, while providing the insight and understanding that will enrich your theatre experience throughout your life.
An introduction to theater displaying the diversity and richness of stage productions from Ancient Greece to the multimedia designs of Josef Svoboda. The new edition travels the spectrum of playwriting and production, the foundations of the craft, its manifestations in Elizabethan drama and African American projects, and the elements of theatrical space and production design, playwriting, directing, acting, costume design, lighting, sound, and new mixed media experiments. Brockett (U. of Texas, Austin) returns to 14 seminal plays to illustrate examples in the text, providing exceptional continuity. Includes photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"I consider [THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE] to be a very solid foundation book for a course that introduces students who are theatrical neophytes to the nature and history of this unique and fascinating performing art. It covers the material needed for an introduction to theatre thoroughly and clearly, and is well suited to the electronic age with Infortrac and the slides and mini-movies."
"THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE is the textbook of choice for teaching Theatre Appreciation. The textbook is informative, concise and clear for professors and students alike. In addition, the outside cover and inside photographs make for a textbook that is visually stunning. The complete package is a must have for all theatre people. The fifteen (15) members of my theatre company have a copy of The Essential Theatre."
"THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE is an important book. Combining the past with the present it sheds light on our future."
Oscar G. Brockett will always have an international reputation as a theatre historian. A Distinguished Scholar honoree of the American Society of Theatre Research, he received career achievement awards from both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He was a recipient of the Robert Lewis Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Research. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, he taught at several major American universities and at the University of Bristol in England. He has also served as President of the American Theatre Association, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, Editor of Theatre Journal, and on the editorial board of the "Asian Theatre Journal." He held the prestigious University of Texas Z.T. Scott Family Chair in Drama and was the Director of the Center for Dramatic and Performance Studies for several years. Dr. Brockett authored of many articles in leading journals and has written several books, including "History of the Theatre" and "The Essential Theatre." At the time of his passing, he was serving as a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Dean of the Fellows of the American Theatre.
Robert J. Ball has ample experience as a successful teacher of Introduction to Theatre and Theatre Appreciation courses at a number of large and small universities, including Trinity University, the University of Texas, and Vanderbilt University. He is also a practicing actor and director with numerous professional credits in American regional theatres, as well as credits for national and international touring productions. Dr. Ball received his Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas and is currently the Chair and Artistic Director of the Theatre Arts program at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Part I: FOUNDATIONS. 1. The Nature of Theatre. 2. The Audience and Criticism. 3. The Play. Part II: VARIETIES OF THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. 4. Festival Theatre: Greek Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experience. 5. Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia.dell'Arte, and Seventeenth Century France. 6. From Romanticism to Realism. 7. Modernism and Its Assimilation: 1885-1960.8. Decentralization. 9. Contemporary Theatre. 10. Asian and African Theatre. 11. Theatrical Space and Production Design. 12. Playwriting and Dramaturgy. 13. Directing and Producing. 14. Acting. 15. Scene Design. 16. Costume Design. 17. Lighting and Sound Design Glossary. Bibliography. Credits. Index.