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Life Themes: Custom Reader for Theatre in Your Life

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Overview

Life Themes is a drama anthology of 12 plays that can be bundled with the Theatre in Your Life or any Cengage introduction to theatre textbook. Edited by authors Robert Barton and Annie McGregor, this anthology provides complete scripts for the 12 plays that are discussed in Theatre in Your Life's "Dramatic Interlude" sections. The Anthology is set up to mirror the Interludes with 6 Themes (2 plays in each), "Love," "War," "Generations," "Rebellion," "Dreams," and "Values." Each theme includes an introductory paragraph on the topic and why dramatists are drawn to writing about it. For each play, the editors have provided historical context and a brief biography about the playwright.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495572220
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/6/2008
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,424,490
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Barton is Professor Emeritus of Acting at the University of Oregon. He has directed more than half of Shakespeare's plays and performed in most of them, including playing the title role in a PBS production of HAMLET. A prolific author, Dr. Barton has published numerous scholarly articles on acting and seven books, including VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE and LIFE THEMES (both with Annie McGregor), and ACTING REFRAMES. His STYLE FOR ACTORS received the Theatre Association's Best Book Award. In addition, he served as editor and adaptor of the newly revised edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. The American College Theatre Festival honored Dr. Barton as Outstanding Acting Coach. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

Annie McGregor teaches script analysis and history/literature/criticism at The Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre, where she is currently Head of the BA Theatre program. She has received the Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts and Architecture Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a sometime actor, with her most recent and most favorite role being Jean in "After Mrs. Rochester," at the University of Oregon in its West Coast premiere. She is a regular dramaturg; her most recent projects include "Mother Courage and Her Children" and "Pentecost." She is increasingly intrigued by the world of online teaching, after the successful launch and continued success of her Art of the Theatre web course. She also continues to direct projects, with her latest offerings being "The Odyssey" and "Arabian Nights," both by her favorite playwright Mary Zimmerman.

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Table of Contents

Life Theme 1: Love. Life Theme 2: War. Life Theme 3: Generations. Life Theme 4: Rebellion. Life Theme 5: Dreams. Life Theme 6: Values.

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