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Key features for this book include the following by context:

Four major themes and principles:

o Theatre is cultural study: looking at theatrical events and how they are created provides a window into the way a society

views itself, drawing examples from multicultural theatre, not just the Western tradition.

o Theatre is collaboration: theatre-making is a shared experience including both theatre practitioners and audience


o Theatre is a spatial art: critical to theatrical collaboration is the way space is used, adapted, transformed, and the way

theatrical artists interact in and with that space.

o Theatre is a dynamic fusion of past and present: it represents a unique opportunity to see how the past and present

are interrelated.

Boxed features:

o “Exploring Collaboration” boxes include profiles of successful artistic teams and feature a variety of approaches to the

artistic process.

o “Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives” boxes offer a window on specific theatrical events.

o “Artists of the Theatre” boxes feature colorful and influential theatrical figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Special features:

o “Interpreting Space and Design” photo essay demonstrates ways in which spaces and characters have been redefined

by directors and designers and examines the human figure in space and the dynamics of three-dimensional performance.

o "Key Theatrical Events" timeline of selective theatrical, social, and artistic events allows readers to place their

explorations in a wider context.

o “Theatre of Diversityphoto essay demonstrates diversity in types of theatre and theatrical experiences.


o “For Further Exploration” provides a reference list of articles, books, videos, and websites.

o “Questions and Activities” provide springboards for class discussions and outside projects.

o “Key Terms and Concepts” (in boldface in the chapter) are arranged by topic and followed by page reference number.

o A Bibliography brings together all the major sources included in the “Further Exploration” sections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205625697
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/6/2009
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Communication Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Theatre and Its Audience

1. Cultural Collaboration: Theatre and Society

Theatre as Entertainment and Art

Exploring Cultural and Historical Perspectives: The Lure of Safe Conduct and Invisible Rabbits

The Social Functions of Theatre

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Theatre of War

Exploring Artists of the Theatre: National Theatre of the Deaf

Social Control of Theatre

Exploring Collaboration: Citizen Play Juries

Theatrical Choice in North America

Cultural Context and Personal Experience

2. Experiencing Theatre: Collaboration of Actor, Audience, and Space

The Audience

Exploring Collaboration: Spatial Collaboration: Commune and Pinocchio

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Brecht versus Wagner

The Nature of Acting

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Hypokrites to Actor

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Makeup as Mask: Kathakali

From Play to Production


Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Drottningholm Court Theatre

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Stratford Festival Theatre

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Performing Garage

Theatre and Transformation

3. Analyzing Theatre: Thinking and Writing about Live Performance

Theatre, Film, and Television

Analyzing Production

Thinking about Actor Performances

Thinking about Space and Design

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Effect of Audience Space on Angels in America

Understanding Style

Evaluating Production

The Role of the Critic

Writing about Production

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Theatre or Theater? It Is More Than a Building

When It All Works

4. Understanding the Play: A Theatrical Blueprint


Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Deus ex Machina




Exploring Collaboration: Improvised Text



5. Interpreting the Play: Understanding Genre, Reading, and Writing

Dramatic Genre

Reading a Play

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: “Exit, Pursued by a Bear”: Those Problematic Stage Directions

Writing about a Play

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Juliet Was a Guy in Drag? Changing Theatrical Conventions

Photo Gallery: Theatrical Diversity


6. The Director: Vision and Leadership

Has Someone Always Been in Charge?


Developing Concept

Artists of the Theatre: Peter Brook

Communicating and Managing the Artistic Vision

Collaborating with the Playwright

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: “Who Owns the Work?”

Directors and Absent Playwrights

Collaborating with Designers

Collaborating with Actors

Exploring Collaboration: Metamorphoses

Artists of the Theatre: George C. Wolfe

Collaborating with the Stage Manager

The Rehearsal Process

Opening the Production

7. The Actor: From Mask to Contemporary Performance

Development of the Actor

Artists of the Theatre: Bernadette Peters

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Contemporary Cross-Dressing

Acting Styles and Methods

Artists of the Theatre: James Earl Jones

The Actor’s Work

Exploring Collaboration: Actors as Collaborators

8. The Playwright: Imagination and Expression

The Changing Position of the Playwright

Artists of the Theatre: Suzan-Lori Parks

The Playwright and Production

Exploring Collaboration: The Sondheim/Lapine Collaboration

Artists of the Theatre: Michael Frayn

Development of New Plays

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Exploring Collaboration: The Rent Controversy

9. The Designer: Materializing Conception and the World of the Play

The Development of the Designer

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Development of the Revolve

The Designers’ Choices

Artists of the Theatre: Ming Cho Lee

The Scenic Designer’s Work

Exploring Collaboration: Robert Edmund Jones with Arthur Hopkins

The Lighting Designer’s Work

Artists of the Theatre: Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer

The Costumer Designer’s Work

Artists of the Theatre: William Ivey Long

The Sound Designer’s Work

Integrating All the Designs

10. The Producer: Coordination, Promotion, Economics

Early Producers

The Role of the Producer

Artists of the Theatre: Harold Prince

The Economics of Theatre

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Stagehands Union 2007 Strike

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Federal Theatre Project

Photo Gallery: Interpreting Space and Design


11. Foundations: Classical Theatrical Forms

Classical Greece

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Rediscovering Menander

Classical Rome

Medieval Europe

Exploring Collaboration: The Community, the Church, and the Feast of Corpus Christi

Classical India

Classical China

Classical Japan

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Kabuki Cross-Dressing: The Onnagata

12. Reinterpretations: Europe Rediscovers the Western Classics

The Italian Renaissance

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Renaissance Court Entertainment

Elizabethan England

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Rediscovery of the Rose and Globe Theatres

The Spanish Golden Age

Seventeenth-Century France

Restoration England

Eighteenth-Century Europe and the Americas

Exploring Collaboration: The Hallam Company in the American Colonies: A Family Affair

13. Revolutions: Romanticism to Postmodern Experiment


Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Audience Has Its Say: Theatre Riots and Demonstrations

Nineteenth-Century Melodrama

Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Nineteenth-Century Women Theatre Managers in Britain and the United States

Nineteenth-Century Realism and Naturalism

The Avant-Garde from the Late Nineteenth Century to the 1960s

Exploring Collaboration: Founding an Alternative Theatre: The Provincetown Players

Modern and Contemporary Popular Theatre

The Recent Avant-Garde and Postmodern Experiment

Key Theatrical Events Glossary

Notes Bibliography Index

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