Reading the Material Theatre (Theatre and Performance Theory Series)

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Overview

Ric Knowles develops and demonstrates a method of theatrical performance analysis involving the entire theater experience, from production to reception. Five case studies provide a first-step introduction to key terms and areas of performance theory. They include the cultural work performed by a major Shakespearean repertory theater, a small nationalist theater devoted to new play development, a major New York-based avant-garde touring theater company, and a British socialist company dedicated to the work of Shakespeare, as well as a range of international festivals.

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"the breadth and complexity with which this book surveys a range of contemporary experimentation in the English-speaking world is illuminating and provocative." - Shannon Jackson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521644167
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Series: Theatre and Performance Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ric Knowles is Professor of Drama at the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario. He is author of Shakespeare and Canada: Essays on Production, Translation, and Adaptation. (2003), and The Theatre of Form and the Production of Meaning: Contemporary Canadian Dramaturgies (1999), editor of Theatre in Atlantic Canada (1988), and co-editor of Modern Drama: Defining the Field (2003) and Staging Coyote's Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English (2003).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Theory and Practice: 1. Theory: towards a materialist semiotics; 2. Practice: conditions of production and reception; Conclusion to Part I; Part II. Case Studies: 3. The Stratford Festival; 4. Tarragon Theatre; 5. The Wooster Group; 6. The English Shakespeare Company; 7. International festivals; Conclusion; Index.

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