Theatre: The Lively Art / Edition 7

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Overview

Edwin Wilson and Alvin Goldfarb combine the best of theatrical elements and history in this best-selling introductory text. Theatre: The Lively Art

is designed both to prepare and inspire students to become lifelong audience members, if not actual participants in theatre. With its clear narrative, concise presentation, and vibrant visual program, Theatre: The Lively Art is appropriate for introductory theatre courses at any college or university. The seventh edition continues to highlight the diversity within theatre while streamlining the text's organization and updating its coverage of the latest processes, techniques, and technologies in theatrical design and production.

...The Lively Art emphasizes the visual dimension of the theater with a four-color interior, revised illustration program, and a new photo essay that chronicles the development and production of a play from concept to curtain call.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073382166
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 7/3/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,247,069
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Wilson attended Vanderbilt, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University where he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. He has taught at Vanderbilt, Yale, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Most recently he has been Executive Director of the Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author or co-author of three of the most widely used college theater textbooks in the U. S. The eleventh edition of his pioneer book, The Theatre Experience, was published in 2008 by McGraw-Hill. The seventh edition of his text Theater: The Lively Art(co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) will be published by McGraw Hill in the summer of 2009. The fifth edition of his theater history, Living Theatre: Histories of Theatre, (also co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) published in December 2006. He is also the editor of Shaw on Shakespeare, recently re-issued by Applause Books.

He has produced plays on and off Broadway and served one season as the resident director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. He also produced a feature film, The Nashville Sound, recently made available on DVD. He is the author of two original plays, a farce, The Bettinger Prize, and a play about Ponce de Leon, Waterfall. He wrote the book and lyrics for a musical version of Great Expectations. All three have been given a series of successful readings in New York City and elsewhere. Great Expectations was given a full production for three weeks in February and March, 2006, at the Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. He conceived the idea of a musical revue of the songs of Jerome Kern which had a well-received try-out production in the fall of 2004 at Catholic University in Washington, D. C.

Ed has served a number of times on the Tony Nominating Committee and the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury, most recently on the Pulitzer Jury in 2003. For twenty two years he was the theater critic of the Wall Street Journal. A long time member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, he was president of the Circle for several years. He is on the board of the John Golden Fund and was also for many years on the Board of the Theater Development Fund, of which he served as President.

Alvin Goldfarb is President and Professor of Theatre at Western Illinois University. Dr. Goldfarb also served as vice president and provost, dean of Fine Arts, and chair of Theatre at Illinois State University. Dr. Goldfarb holds a Ph.D. in theater history from the City University of New York and a master's degree from Hunter College.

He is the coauthor of Living Theatre:A History and coeditor of The Anthology of Living Theater with Edwin Wilson. Dr. Goldfarb is also the coeditor, with Rebecca Rovit, of Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust: Texts, Documents, Memoirs, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. He has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals and anthologies.

Dr. Goldfarb served as a member of the Illinois Arts Council and president of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. He has received service awards from the latter organization as well as from the American College Theater Festival. Dr. Goldfarb also received an Alumni Achievement Award from the City University of New York Graduate Center's Alumni Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part 1. Theatre in Today's World

Chapter 1. Experiencing Theatre Today

Chapter 2. Theatre in Everyday Life

Chapter 3. The Audience
Part 2. Creating Theatre: The Blueprint

Chapter 4. Creating the Blueprint

Chapter 5. Theatrical Genres
Part 3. Creating Theatre: The Production

Chapter 6. Acting for the Stage

Chapter 7. The Director and the Producer

Chapter 8. Theatre Spaces

Chapter 9. The Designers: Scenery and Costumes

Chapter 10. The Designers: Lighting and Sound
Part 4. Global Theatre: Past and Present

Chapter 11. Early Theatre: Greek, Roman, Medieval

Chapter 12. Early Theatre: Asian

Chapter 13. Renaissance Theatres

Chapter 14. Theatres from the Restoration through Romanticism

Chapter 15. Early Modern Theatre: 1875-1945

Chapter 16. Global Theatre: 1945-2000

Chapter 17. Today's Global, Diverse Theatre

Appendix: Play Synopses
Index
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