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Theatre: The Lively Art / Edition 8

Theatre: The Lively Art / Edition 8

by Edwin Wilson
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Created for Theater Appreciation courses that cover both history and elements, the new fourth edition of 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900073514207
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 01/13/2012
Edition description: NE
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edwin Wilson, City University of New York.

Alvin Goldfarb, Illinois State University.

Table of Contents

Experiencing Theater
Theater as an Art Form
What is Art?/The Art of Theater

Part 1: Creating Theatre

Chapter 1: Audiences and Critics
The Theater Audience
The "Audience Factor"/ How the Audience
Participates/ Diversity of Audiences
African American Theater
Asian American Theater
Hispanic Theater
Native American Theater
Feminist Theater
Gay and Lesbian Theater
The Theater Critic
What Is Criticism?/ Critics and Reviewers/ Preparing for Criticism/ Criteria for Criticism/ Descriptive versus Prescriptive Criticism

Chapter 2: Stage Performers A Historical Perspective: Demands of Classical Acting Three Challenges of Acting Mastering the Craft of Acting/ Making Characters Believable/ Synthesis and Integration Judging Performances Summary

Chapter 3: Directors and Producers
The Director
Evolution of the Director/ The Auteur Director/ The Director at Work/ The Director's Collaborators
The Producer or Manager
Producers in Commercial Theater/Noncommercial Theaters

Chapter 4: Theater Spaces
Proscenium or Picture-Frame Stage: History and Characteristics
Thrust Stage: History and Characteristics
Arena Stage: History and Characteristics
Created or Found Spaces
Multifocus Environments
All-Purpose and Experimental Spaces

Chapter 5: Designers: Secenery and Costumes
Scene Design
The Scene Designer's Objectives/ Physical Aspects of Scene Design/ The Process of Scene Design
Costume Design
The Costume Designer's Responsibilities/ The Costume Designer's Objectives/ Elements of Costume Design/ The Costume Designer's Collaborators

Chapter 6: Lighting and Sound
Stage Lighting
Lighting in Theater History/ Objectives of Lighting Design/ Qualities of Stage Lighting/ The Lighting Designer's Resources/ The Lighting Designer's Collaborators
Sound Design
Sound Reproduction and Sound Reinforcement/ Sound Technology
Special Effects in Lighting and Sound

The Playwright's Centrality
The Playwright's Tasks
Focus and Emphasis
Dramatic Purpose
Point of View: Dramatic Genres
What is Genre?/ Tragedy/ Comedy/ Heroic Drama/ Melodrama/ Domestic or Bourgeois Drama/ Tragicomedy

Chapter 8: The Text: Dramatic Genres
Structure in Drama
Essentials of Dramatic Structure/ Creating a Dramatic Structure/ Two Basic Structures: Climactic and Episodic/ Other Dramatic Structures
Creating Dramatic Characters
Types of Dramatic Characters/ Juxtaposition of Characters

Chapter 9: Profile of Production

Part 2: Theater Tradition and Theater Today

Chapter 10: Greek and Roman Theater
Origins of Theater G
Background: The Golden Age of Greece/ Theater and Culture: Greek Theater Emerges/ Greek Tragedy/ Greek Comedy/ Theater Production in Greece/ Dramatic Criticism in Greece: Aristotle/ Later Greek Theater
Background: Rome and Its Civilization/Theater and Culture in Rome/Popular Entertainment in Rome/Roman Comedy: Plautus and Terence/Roman Tragedy: Seneca/Dramatic Criticism in Rome: Horace/Theater Production in Rome/Decline of Roman Theater

Chapter 11: Asian and Medieval Theater
The Middle Ages
Background: Medieval Europe/Theater and Culture in the Middle Ages/Medieval Drama: Mystery, Miracle, and Morality Plays/Medieval Theater Production
Background: Asian Theater/Theater in India/Theater in China/Theater in Japan

Chapter 12: Renaissance Theater
Background: The Renaissance Era/Italian Theater: Commedia dell'Arte/ Italian Dramatic Rules: The Neoclassical Ideals/Theater Production in Italy
Background: Elizabethan England/Elizabethan Drama/Elizabethan Theater Production/Theater After Elizabeth's Reign
Background: The Spanish Golden Age/Spanish Drama/Theater Production in Spain
France Background: France in the Seventeenth Century/French Drama: The Neoclassical Era/Theater
Production in France

Chapter 13: Theater from 1660 TO 1875
The English Restoration
Background: England in the Seventeenth Century/Restoration Drama: Comedies of Manners/Theater
Production in the Restoration
The Eighteenth Century
Background: A More Complex World/Eighteenth-Century Drama: New Dramatic Forms/Theater Production in the Eighteenth Century
The Nineteenth Century
Background: A Time of Social Change/Theater in Nineteenth-Century Life/Nineteenth-Century Dramatic
Forms/Theater Production in the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 14: Modern Theater: 1875 TO 1945
The Birth of Realism
Background: The Modern Era/Theatrical Realism/Realistic Playwrights /Realism and Naturalism/Producers of Realism: Independent Theaters/Realistic Theater between 1915 and 1945 De
Partures from Realism
Antirealist Playwrights: Ibsen, Strindberg, and Wedekind/ Symbolism/ Antirealist Designers: Appia and Craig/Russian Theatricalism: Meyerhold/Early Eclectics/De
Parture From Realism: 1915-1945
Totalitarianism, the Second World War, and Theater

Chapter 15: Modern Theater: 1945 TO 1990
Postwar Realistic Theater
Background: The Postwar Era/American Selective Realism/The "Angry Young Men" in England and Documentary Drama in Germany
Experimentation and De
Partures from Realism: 1945 to 1980
Existentialism and Theater of the Absurd/Experimental Theater /Postwar Eclectics
Developments in Postwar American Theater
African American Theater/Musical Theater/Alternatives to Commercial Theater

Chapter 16: Contemporary Trends
The End of the Century
Today's Theater: Diversity and Eclecticism
Feminist Theater/ Performance Art/ Postmodernism/ International Trends
Today and Tomorrow: A Look Ahead


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