Theatre: Its Art and Craft / Edition 5

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Theatre: Its Art and Craft is intended for use in theatre appreciation and introduction to theatre courses. This new edition features updated statistics and references that keep the text current. The first chapter of the text introduces readers to the broad issues of artistic practice, while the second chapter inspects the specific area of live theatre. The remainder of chapters examine in detail the various functionaries of the theatre (audience, critics, playwrights, directors, actors, designers, historians, and dramaturgs). As in previous volumes, readers are encouraged to examine the complex interaction of all theatrical elements. Just as in music some instruments supply the basic structure and some embellish that structure, so in the theatre the elements of script, directing, acting, and design interact in shifting configurations to offer a new work of art at every performance. Examining these relationships will enrich the theatrical experience. A Collegiate Press book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939693610
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: 5th Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Archer is Professor Emeritus of Theatre History at University of Missouri–Columbia. Among his published works are American Actors and Acting: A Guide to Information Sources, How Theatre Happens, and Junius Brutus Booth: Theatrical Prometheus. His articles and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre History Studies, and other journals. Cynthia M. Gendrich teaches acting, directing, introduction to theatre, and dramatic literature at Wake Forest University. Recent Wake Forest productions she's directed include Off the Map, A Lie of the Mind, and The Marriage of Bette & Boo. Interested in acting and directing history, theory, and practice, she publishes and directs regularly. Recent articles include, Noise and Nudity: Kyoto's dumb type in Theatre Forum, and several articles on the Madrid theatre scene. Woodrow B. Hood is associate professor of theatre arts at Catawba College.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Chapter 1: The Nature of Art Chapter 3 Evolution of the Arts Chapter 4 America's Involvement in the Arts Chapter 5 Toward a Definition of Art Chapter 6 The Bases of Criticism in the Arts Chapter 7 The Functions of Art: Entertainment; Edification; Exalation Part 8 Chapter 2: The Theatre as a Fine Art Chapter 9 Toward a Definition of Theatre Chapter 10 Theatre's Unique Relationship to the Other Fine Arts Chapter 11 The Complexities of Theatre Art Chapter 12 The Theatrical Spectrum: Broadway Theatre; The Road; Off-Broadway Theatre; Dinner Theatres; Regional Theatres; Alternative Theatre; Educational Theatre; Community Theatre; Children's Theatre and Creative Dramatics; Other Theatrical Activities Part 13 Chapter 3: The Audience and Critic Chapter 14 The Professional Critic Chapter 15 The Functions of Criticism Chapter 16 Requisites for Excellence in Criticism Chapter 17 Critical Preferences: Appreciation of Pleasure; Appreciation of Impact; Appreciation of Form Chapter 18 Types of Drama: Representational Theatre; Presentational Theatre; Genre; Tragedy and Melodrama; Comedy, Satire, and Farce Chapter 19 Theatrical Styles and Trends: Realism; Symbolism; Expressionism; Epic Theatre; Absurdism; Postmodernism Chapter 20 The Theatregoer as Critic Part 21 Chapter 4: The Playwright Chapter 22 The Narrative Form Chapter 23 Producing the Script Chapter 24 The Playwright's Alternatives and Restrictions Chapter 25 Requisites for Excellence in Playwriting Chapter 26 The Contemporary Situation for the Playwright Chapter 27 Creative Procedures fort the Playwright: Step One: Conception; Step Two: Execution; Step Three: Revision; Step Four: Production; Variations Chapter 28 Evaluating the Playwright's Contribution: Intention; Accomplishment; Worth Part 29 Chapter 5: The Director Chapter 30 The Director's Alternatives and Restrictions Chapter 31 Requisites for Excellence in Directing: The Desire for Excellence; Executive Ability and Leadership Qualities; Human Understanding; Imagination and Creativity; The Craft of Directing; Formal Training Chapter 32 The Contemporary Situation for the Director Chapter 33 Creative Procedures for the Director: Script Selection; Script Analysis; Casting; Design Conferences; Rehearsals Chapter 34 Evaluating the Director's Contribution Part 35 Chapter 6: The Actor Chapter 36 The Actor's Alternatives and Restrictions Chapter 37 Requisites for Excellence in Acting Chapter 38 The Contemporary Situation for the Actor: General Self-Improvement; Preparing for a Specific Role Chapter 39 Evaluating the Actor's Contribution: Truthfulness; The Demands of the Role; Flexibility; The Actor's Reputation; Attractiveness Part 40 Chapter 7: The Designers Chapter 41 The Design Process Chapter 42 The Scenic Designer: The Scenic Designer's Alternatives and Restrictions; Requisites for Excellence in Scenic Design; The Contemporary Situation for the Scenic Designer; Creative Procedures for the Scenic Designer; Evaluating the Scenic Designer's Contrib Chapter 43 The Lighting Designer: The Lighting Desinger's Alternatives and Restrictions; Requisities for Excellence in Lighting Design; The Contemporary Situation for the Lighting Designer; Evaluating the Lighting Designer's Contribution Chapter 44 The Costume Designer: The Costume Designer's Alternatives and Restrictions; Creative Procedures for the Costume Designer Chapter 45 Makeup Chapter 46 Sound Design Chapter 47 Stage Properties Chapter 48 New Technologies Part 49 Chapter 8: Theatre Scholarship Chapter 50 Theatre History: Ancient Theatrical Traditions; Western Theatre Since the Fall of Rome; The Development of American Theatre Chapter 51 Theory and Criticism Chapter 52 The Dramaturg Part 53 Glossary of People, Organization, and Terms Part 54 Index Part 55 Photo Credits

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