The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama: A Global Perspective / Edition 1

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  • ISBN-13: 9780321107916
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 9.91 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE: The Immediate Precursors of the Modern Theater.

The Precursors of the Modern Theater.

The Melodrama.

Showcase: “Hernani: The Romantic Melodrama That Changed Western Theater.”

The Well-Made Play.

Showcase:“Eugene Scribe's Well-Made Play: The Glass of Water.”

The Problem Play.

Showcase: “The Original Problem Play: La Dame aux Camillias (Camille).”

The “Other” First Modern Play?

Play: WOYZECK (Georg Buchner: 1836, Carl R. Mueller, trans.).



Influences on Realism.

Showcase: “Influences on Realism: The Rise of the Director and Germany's Meiningen Players.”


The First Generation of Realists: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, and Stanislavsksy.

Showcase:“The Provincetown Playhouse and Susan Glaspell: The Birthplace (and the Mother) of the Modern American Theater.”

Alternatives to Realism and Naturalism.



Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House.

Showcase: “The Tarantella and Other Healing Dances.”

Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard .

Showcase: “The Stanislavsky System and the Moscow Art Theater.”

John Millington Synge, Riders to the Sea.

Showcase: “The Irish Renaissance.”

August Strindberg, The Ghost Sonata.

Showcase: “Independent and Intimate Theaters.”

Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House.

Showcase: “Notes for a Production of Heartbreak House” (Harold Clurman).


The Aftermath of World War I.

Showcase: The Prototype of the Relativist Drama: Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Other “Isms.”




Popular Culture.

The Epic Theatre.

Showcase: “The Epic Theatre: The Berliner Ensemble of Bertolt Brecht: 1949-99”.


African-American Theater.

Showcase: “A Raisin in the Sun: Portrait of America in Transistion.

England and Europe.

Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Pioneers in Puerto Rican Theater: The Rollin' Theater of Puerto Rico and Rene Marques’s The OxCart.

The Theatre of the Absurd.

Showcase: “ Forerunners of the Absurd: Alred Jarry's Ubu Roi and Jean-Paul Sartre'No Exit.”

Sophie Treadwell, Machinal .

Showcase: “Theater in the Industrial Age.”

Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding .

Showcase: “Designing Scenery for Blood Wedding”(Haibo Yu).

Bertolt Brecht, The Good Woman of Setzuan .

Showcase: “The Conventions of Chinese Theater.”

Eugene O'Neill, A Moon For The Misbegotten .

Showcase: “A Great American Play: Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman.”

Showcase: “Designing A Play: Death of a Salesman” (Jo Mielziner).

Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .

Showcase: American Acting Matures: The Group Theatre and the Actors Studio.

Harold, Piner The Birthday Party .

Showcase: “Britain's Theater Revolution of 1956.”

Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape .

Showcase: “A Modern Masterpiece: Waiting for Godot.”

Edward Albee, The American Dream (Edward Albee: 1961).


A New Theater for a New World.

Influences on Contemporary Thought.

Postmodernism and the Theater.

Artaud and the Theater of Cruelty.

Showcase: “The Theater of Cruelty at the RSC: Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade.”

Theater Collectives and Alternative Theater.

Showcase: “The Living Theater and Other Collectives.”

Contemporary Playwriting.

Showcase: “Dario Fo: Nobel Laureate, Anarchist, and Clown.”

Acting in Contemporary Plays.

Contemporary Dramatic Criticism: Deconstructionism, Theory, New Approaches.

Showcase: “Performance Art.”

Showcase: “Docudrama.”

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Supplement: “A Hamlet Primer.”

Showcase: “Reconstituting the Classics.”

Egon Wolff, Paper Flowers .

Showcase: “Theater in a Dangerous Time: Latin American Theater Under the Gun.”

Wole Soyinka, Death and the King's Horseman .

Showcase: “The Yoruba Obatala Festival at Ede, Nigeria, West Africa.”

Heiner Müller, Hamletmachine.

Showcase: “From The Theater of Images” (Bonnie Marranca).

Maria Irene Fornes, Fefu and Her Friends .

Showcase: “From Acting Out: Feminist Performances” (Lynda Hart and Peggy Phelan).


Showcase: “Pre-Columbian Theater in MesoAmerica.”

Derek Walcott, Pantomime .

Showcase: “The Trinidad Carnival.”

Sam Shepard, True West .

Showcase: “Myth and the Theater.”

Athol Fugard, “MASTER HAROLD”... and the boys .

Showcase: “South African Township Theater.”

David Henry Hwang, The Dance and the Railroad .

Caryl Churchill, Top Girls

Gao Xingjian, The Bus Stop .

Showcase: “China's National Drama: The White Haired Girl.”

August Wilson, Fences .

Showcase: “From 'Building Fences: An Interview with Mary Alice and James Earl Jones.'”(Heather Henderson).

Griselda Gambaro, Personal Efects .

Tony Kushner, Angels In America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.

Showcase: “Tony Kushner on Bertolt Brecht and Alternatives to Capitalism.”

Diane Glancy, The Woman Who Was a Red Deer Dressed for the Deer Dance .

Showcase:“ “Native American Theater.”

Suzan-Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog .

APPENDIX: Glossary of Terms.



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