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.
Romanticism.


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.).


I. EARLY MODERN DRAMA: 1870-1918.

Realism.

Influences on Realism.

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


Naturalism.

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.

Relativism.


Expressionism.


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).


II. LATE MODERN DRAMA AND ITS DECLINE: 1920-63:

The Aftermath of World War I.

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


Other “Isms.”

Surrealism.


Futurism.


Constructivism.


Popular Culture.

The Epic Theatre.

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


THE SECOND GENERATION OF REALISTS.

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).


III. THE CONTEMPORARY AND POST MODERN THEATER, 1964-THE PRESENT.

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).


LUIS VALDEZ, ZOOT SUIT.


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.

Credits.

Index.

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