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Overview

The Eighth Edition of THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE will help you get your students excited about theatre. The combined authorship of an authoritative theatre historian and his former student, an active theatre historian himself, make this the book perfect for your introductory theatre course. In the 35 years since it was first published, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in academia. Now in a new full color format with many representations of current and classic performances, this text will encourage your students to become active theatergoers and fans. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE works in tandem with its companion anthology, PLAYS FOR THEATRE. The scripts in PLAYS serve as a foundation for discussion of the various types of theatrical experience explored in the text.

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A textbook for either an introductory course for theater majors, or a course on theater appreciation for non majors. Undergraduate level. Latest edition, 1988; first published 1976. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534577858
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/27/2003
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Eight Edition w/Infotrac
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar G. Brockett enjoys an international reputation as a theatre historian. A Distinguished Scholar honoree of the American Society of Theatre Research, he has received career achievement awards from both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is 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 is the author of many articles in leading journals and has written several books, including "History of the Theatre" and "The Essential Theatre." He is currently 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.

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Table of Contents

Part One: FOUNDATIONS. 1. The Nature of Theatre 2. Performance, Audience, and Critic. 3. The Playscript. Part Two: VARIETIES OF THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. 4.Festival Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experiences. 5. Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia dell'Arte, and Seventeenth-Century France. 6. From Melodrama to Realism. 7. The Modernist Temperament: 1890-1940. 8. Reevaluation, Decentralization, and Subsidization. 9. Contemporary Diversity. 10. World Drama and Theatre. Part Three: THEATRICAL PRODUCTION. 11. Theatrical Space and Production Design. 12. Playwriting and Dramaturgy. 13. Directing and Producing. 14. Acting. 15. Scenic Design. 16. Costume Design and Makeup. 17. Lighting and Sound Design. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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