Theatre in Your Life / Edition 1

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Overview

THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE makes theatre appreciation personal, meaningful, and memorable by exploring the many ways theatre plays an important role in everyday life. From movies, concerts, and videogames to weddings, graduations, and job interviews, aspects of production and performance strongly influence popular culture and shape many of our daily experiences. THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE vividly illuminates these connections while providing a thorough introduction to the history, elements, and global diversity of theatre. Written in an enjoyable, conversational style, this book will deepen your understanding and appreciation of theatre as you recognize and reflect on its impact on your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534640699
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Barton is Professor Emeritus of Acting at the University of Oregon. He has directed more than half of Shakespeare's plays and performed in most of them, including playing the title role in a PBS production of HAMLET. A prolific author, Dr. Barton has published numerous scholarly articles on acting and seven books, including VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE and LIFE THEMES (both with Annie McGregor), and ACTING REFRAMES. His STYLE FOR ACTORS received the Theatre Association's Best Book Award. In addition, he served as editor and adaptor of the newly revised edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. The American College Theatre Festival honored Dr. Barton as Outstanding Acting Coach. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

Annie McGregor teaches script analysis and history/literature/criticism at The Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre, where she is currently Head of the BA Theatre program. She has received the Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts and Architecture Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a sometime actor, with her most recent and most favorite role being Jean in "After Mrs. Rochester," at the University of Oregon in its West Coast premiere. She is a regular dramaturg; her most recent projects include "Mother Courage and Her Children" and "Pentecost." She is increasingly intrigued by the world of online teaching, after the successful launch and continued success of her Art of the Theatre web course. She also continues to direct projects, with her latest offerings being "The Odyssey" and "Arabian Nights," both by her favorite playwright Mary Zimmerman.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: WHAT IS THEATRE? 1. Anticipation. 2. Origins. Dramatic Interlude: Love. Expansions. Part II: WHO DOES THEATRE? 3. Storytellers and Stories. 4. Actors and Directors. Dramatic Interlude: War. Expansions. 5. Designers. 6. The Production Team. Dramatic Interlude: Generations. Expansions. Part III: HOW DID THEATRE EVOLVE? 7. Early Stages. 8. Middle Stages. Dramatic Interlude: Rebellion. Expansions. Part IV: HOW DOES THEATRE VARY? 9. Varieties of Realism. 10. Varieties of Stylization. Dramatic Interlude: Dreams. Expansions. Part V: WHERE IS THEATRE NOW? 11. Contemporary Voices. 12. Criticism and Connections. Dramatic Interlude: Values. Expansions.

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