Sets the pace in comprehensive coverage of world theatre from Greek to the present. This anthology continues that trend with a strong representation by women writers and by writers of color. Each unit of the third edition begins with an extensive introduction, placing drama in the context of a specific historical era. Each play is accompanied by a brief biography of the playwright and a short introduction to the play and concludes with a selection of critical readings drawn from the period, essays on performance, and a contemporary theater review of one play in that unit. The text can be adapted for a range of courses, such as Theatre History, Modern Drama and various surveys of drama, i.e., by genre (tragedy, comedy), by national origin (American) or as a survey or dramatic literature.
This edition (first, 1993) is divided into seven units, each containing from four to 11 plays focused on a significant moment in the history of drama and theater, from Athens in the fifth century BC to England in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to 20th century America and the contemporary world stage. Each unit includes an introduction and with each play comes a biography of the playwright, an introduction, and a selection of critical readings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Introduction: Drama, Theater, and Culture. 1. Classical Athens. 2. Classical Japan. 3. Medieval and Renaissance England. 4. Early Modern Europe. 5. Modern Europe. 6. The United States. 7. World Stages.