Theatre: The Lively Art / Edition 8

Theatre: The Lively Art / Edition 8

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by Edwin Wilson, Alvin Goldfarb

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ISBN-10: 0073514209

ISBN-13: 9780073514208

Pub. Date: 01/13/2012

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

In its outstanding eighth edition, Theatre: The Lively Art remains the best-selling Introductory Theatre text for Theatre Appreciation courses. It incorporates a number of elements in one volume:
  • An introduction to the audience’s experience of theatre
  • An investigation of the elements of theatre: the audience; the text; theatre artists,
  • Overview

    In its outstanding eighth edition, Theatre: The Lively Art remains the best-selling Introductory Theatre text for Theatre Appreciation courses. It incorporates a number of elements in one volume:

  • An introduction to the audience’s experience of theatre
  • An investigation of the elements of theatre: the audience; the text; theatre artists, including actors, directors, theatrical space; and scenic, costume, lighting and sound design
  • A study of the important developments in the history of theatre

    Several qualities set Theatre: The Lively Art apart from other introductory texts. A particularly important element is our emphasis on the audience. All students reading the book are potential theatregoers, not just during their college years but throughout their lives. We have therefore attempted to make Theatre: The Lively Art an ideal one-volume text to prepare students as future audience members. It will give them a grasp of how theatre functions, of how it should be viewed and judged, and of the tradition behind any performance they may attend.

    In addition to serving as an ideal text for non-majors, Theatre: The Lively Art will also prepare students who wish to continue studies in theatre, as majors, minors, or students from other disciplines who take advanced courses.

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    Table of Contents

    Experiencing Theater
    Theater as an Art Form
    What is Art?/The Art of Theater

    Part 1: Creating Theatre

    Chapter 1: Audiences and Critics
    The Theater Audience
    The "Audience Factor"/ How the Audience
    Participates/ Diversity of Audiences
    African American Theater
    Asian American Theater
    Hispanic Theater
    Native American Theater
    Feminist Theater
    Gay and Lesbian Theater
    The Theater Critic
    What Is Criticism?/ Critics and Reviewers/ Preparing for Criticism/ Criteria for Criticism/ Descriptive versus Prescriptive Criticism

    Chapter 2: Stage Performers A Historical Perspective: Demands of Classical Acting Three Challenges of Acting Mastering the Craft of Acting/ Making Characters Believable/ Synthesis and Integration Judging Performances Summary

    Chapter 3: Directors and Producers
    The Director
    Evolution of the Director/ The Auteur Director/ The Director at Work/ The Director's Collaborators
    The Producer or Manager
    Producers in Commercial Theater/Noncommercial Theaters

    Chapter 4: Theater Spaces
    Proscenium or Picture-Frame Stage: History and Characteristics
    Thrust Stage: History and Characteristics
    Arena Stage: History and Characteristics
    Created or Found Spaces
    Multifocus Environments
    All-Purpose and Experimental Spaces

    Chapter 5: Designers: Secenery and Costumes
    Scene Design
    The Scene Designer's Objectives/ Physical Aspects of Scene Design/ The Process of Scene Design
    Costume Design
    The Costume Designer's Responsibilities/ The Costume Designer's Objectives/ Elements of Costume Design/ The Costume Designer's Collaborators

    Chapter 6: Lighting and Sound
    Stage Lighting
    Lighting in Theater History/ Objectives of Lighting Design/ Qualities of Stage Lighting/ The Lighting Designer's Resources/ The Lighting Designer's Collaborators
    Sound Design
    Sound Reproduction and Sound Reinforcement/ Sound Technology
    Special Effects in Lighting and Sound

    The Playwright's Centrality
    The Playwright's Tasks
    Focus and Emphasis
    Dramatic Purpose
    Point of View: Dramatic Genres
    What is Genre?/ Tragedy/ Comedy/ Heroic Drama/ Melodrama/ Domestic or Bourgeois Drama/ Tragicomedy

    Chapter 8: The Text: Dramatic Genres
    Structure in Drama
    Essentials of Dramatic Structure/ Creating a Dramatic Structure/ Two Basic Structures: Climactic and Episodic/ Other Dramatic Structures
    Creating Dramatic Characters
    Types of Dramatic Characters/ Juxtaposition of Characters

    Chapter 9: Profile of Production

    Part 2: Theater Tradition and Theater Today

    Chapter 10: Greek and Roman Theater
    Origins of Theater G
    Background: The Golden Age of Greece/ Theater and Culture: Greek Theater Emerges/ Greek Tragedy/ Greek Comedy/ Theater Production in Greece/ Dramatic Criticism in Greece: Aristotle/ Later Greek Theater
    Background: Rome and Its Civilization/Theater and Culture in Rome/Popular Entertainment in Rome/Roman Comedy: Plautus and Terence/Roman Tragedy: Seneca/Dramatic Criticism in Rome: Horace/Theater Production in Rome/Decline of Roman Theater

    Chapter 11: Asian and Medieval Theater
    The Middle Ages
    Background: Medieval Europe/Theater and Culture in the Middle Ages/Medieval Drama: Mystery, Miracle, and Morality Plays/Medieval Theater Production
    Background: Asian Theater/Theater in India/Theater in China/Theater in Japan

    Chapter 12: Renaissance Theater
    Background: The Renaissance Era/Italian Theater: Commedia dell'Arte/ Italian Dramatic Rules: The Neoclassical Ideals/Theater Production in Italy
    Background: Elizabethan England/Elizabethan Drama/Elizabethan Theater Production/Theater After Elizabeth's Reign
    Background: The Spanish Golden Age/Spanish Drama/Theater Production in Spain
    France Background: France in the Seventeenth Century/French Drama: The Neoclassical Era/Theater
    Production in France

    Chapter 13: Theater from 1660 TO 1875
    The English Restoration
    Background: England in the Seventeenth Century/Restoration Drama: Comedies of Manners/Theater
    Production in the Restoration
    The Eighteenth Century
    Background: A More Complex World/Eighteenth-Century Drama: New Dramatic Forms/Theater Production in the Eighteenth Century
    The Nineteenth Century
    Background: A Time of Social Change/Theater in Nineteenth-Century Life/Nineteenth-Century Dramatic
    Forms/Theater Production in the Nineteenth Century

    Chapter 14: Modern Theater: 1875 TO 1945
    The Birth of Realism
    Background: The Modern Era/Theatrical Realism/Realistic Playwrights /Realism and Naturalism/Producers of Realism: Independent Theaters/Realistic Theater between 1915 and 1945 De
    Partures from Realism
    Antirealist Playwrights: Ibsen, Strindberg, and Wedekind/ Symbolism/ Antirealist Designers: Appia and Craig/Russian Theatricalism: Meyerhold/Early Eclectics/De
    Parture From Realism: 1915-1945
    Totalitarianism, the Second World War, and Theater

    Chapter 15: Modern Theater: 1945 TO 1990
    Postwar Realistic Theater
    Background: The Postwar Era/American Selective Realism/The "Angry Young Men" in England and Documentary Drama in Germany
    Experimentation and De
    Partures from Realism: 1945 to 1980
    Existentialism and Theater of the Absurd/Experimental Theater /Postwar Eclectics
    Developments in Postwar American Theater
    African American Theater/Musical Theater/Alternatives to Commercial Theater

    Chapter 16: Contemporary Trends
    The End of the Century
    Today's Theater: Diversity and Eclecticism
    Feminist Theater/ Performance Art/ Postmodernism/ International Trends
    Today and Tomorrow: A Look Ahead


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