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“The multifaceted, multicultural, international focus of the book is fantastic and a vast, ambitious undertaking. Placing theatre in a broader context, expanding the definition of theatre beyond a narrow western focus, is long overdue. The breadth of the book and wealth of examples from all over the world are astonishing.”
Susan Mason, California State University—Los Angeles
“This is a highly readable and engaging book. The individual chapter contents nicely cross-reference with each other, and the book never ‘bogs down’ in history. The very breadth of the subject matter remains outstanding, articulate, and engaging.”
Richard Hansen, Middle Tennessee State University
“The author’s approach is innovative and applaudable, and a welcome addition to the more traditional textbooks in this field that focus primarily on Western theatrical forms with a separate chapter or two on non-Western forms.”
Nina LeNoir, Minnesota State University—Mankato
“The textbook is worthwhile, and becomes more apparent as the chapters evolve. The author is careful to return to the focus of the text in each chapter, which leads to student awareness and understanding. . .and awakens the potential for creating and meeting the challenges of theatre in an ever changing world.”
Marilyn DeSimone, Florida Community College at Jacksonville—Kent Campus
I. NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF THE THEATRE.
1. THEATRE: A GLOBAL EXPERIENCE.
2. THE AUDIENCE—PARTNERS IN PERFORMANCE.
II. ENCOUNTERING TRADITIONS.
3. UNDERSTANDING PLAYS.
4. THE EUROPEAN WRITTEN TRADITION AND ITS GENRES.
5. PERFORMANCE TRADITIONS: LEGACY AND RENEWAL.
6. ALTERNATIVE FORMS: OTHER AUTHORS, OTHER TEXTS.
III. SHAPING THE PERFORMANCE.
7. THE ACTOR: THEATRE’S LIVING PRESENCE.
8. THE DIRECTOR: THE INVISIBLE PRESENCE.
9. THEATRE SPACES AND ENVIRONMENTS: THE SILENT CHARACTER.
IV. DESIGN FOR THE THEATRE: ART AND TECHNOLOGY.
10. APPROACHES TO DESIGN.
11. SET TING THE STAGE.
12. DRESSING THE CHARACTER.
13. LIGHTING AND SOUND DESIGN.
14. TECHNOLOGY AND THEATRICAL INNOVATION.
V. UNDERSTANDING TODAY’S THEATRE.
15. THE CRITICAL RESPONSE.
16. MAKING THEATRE HAPPEN.