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The Art of Theatre: Then And Now

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9780155063259

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0155063251
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Pub. Date:
2/7/2006
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

This invigorating new introductory text makes timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of Hollywood television and film to help students understand how the living art of theatre relates to, predates, and influences the screen entertainment they are used to watching. From theatre's ritual origins to modern musicals, from the controversies surrounding the NEA to the applicability of acting lessons in everyday life, this book is an important first step toward a deeper awareness of theatre's continuing and contemporary significance. Featuring strong coverage of current events in theatre, the reviewer-praised anecdotal narrative makes this book fun to read and one that students will want to keep long after the course is over. THE ART OF THEATRE is organized into three distinct sections, giving you the flexibility to organize your course your way. Adding to this flexibility is the book's availability in two versions. THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW contains 16 chapters with extensive coverage of the history of theatre. EXPERIENCING THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION features 13 chapters and a briefer treatment of theatre history.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
About the Authors xvii
PART 1 THEATRE LITERACY
Theatre, Art, and Entertainment
2(24)
Art, or Not Art: That Is the Question
4(9)
The Qualities of Art
6(3)
The Purpose of Art
9(2)
The Politics of Art
11(2)
This Wide and Universal Theatre: Theatre and Drama Defined
13(7)
What Is Theatre? What Is Drama?
13(2)
The Common Categories of Theatre
15(5)
Art versus Entertainment
20(3)
Curtain Call
23
Spotlight : Plato, Aristotle and the Theatre Arts
7(5)
Spotlight on Diversity : Artists, Entertainers, and Politics
12(6)
From Stage to Screen : Fair Is Foul: Setting for Horror and Tragedy in Macbeth
18(8)
Comparing the Living Stage, Silver Screen, and Home Theatre
26(24)
Audience: No Cell Phones, Please!
28(2)
Acting: I'm Ready for My Close-Up
30(2)
Directing: Direct and Indirect
32(1)
Funding: Follow the Money
33(7)
Funding the Screen
33(1)
Funding Theatre and the Arts
34(6)
Control: Who Pulls the Strings?
40(4)
The Big Picture
41(2)
The Theatre Next Door
43(1)
Ownership: Copyrights and Cash
44(2)
Curtain Call
46
Spotlights : A Brief History of Screen Entertainments
29(6)
Theatre Can Be Expensive
35(7)
Spotlight on Diversity : Exporting Entertainment and Culture
42(8)
Theatre and Cultural Diversity
50(28)
Critical Mirror: Art and Entertainment Reflect Culture
52(3)
Theatre Can Promote Cultural Awareness
55(14)
Theatre of Identity
56(6)
Theatre of Protest
62(4)
Cross-Cultural Theatre
66(3)
Theatre as a Way of Seeing through Another's Eyes
69(5)
Keeping the Theatre of the People Alive
74(1)
Curtain Call
74
Spotlights : Augusto Boal and The Theatre of the Oppressed
53(12)
Diverse Beliefs and Values: Karen Finley and the NEA
65
Spotlight on Diversity : Blackface, Redface, Yellowface
59(13)
From Stage to Screen : Real and Unreal: Angels in America
72(6)
The Audience, Criticism, and Free Speech
78(28)
The People Who Watch
80(4)
Group Dynamics
80(1)
Suspending Disbelief
81(1)
Distancing Yourself
82(2)
Levels of Participation
84(5)
Sitting Quietly in the Dark
85(1)
Audience Etiquette
85(1)
Not Sitting Quietly in the Dark
86(3)
Going to the Theatre
89(3)
Finding a Play
89(1)
Getting Your Tickets
89(1)
Saving Money
89(1)
Dress Codes
90(1)
Reading the Program
90(1)
After the Show
91(1)
Everyone Is a Critic
92(6)
Stating Opinions
92(1)
Offering Interpretation and Analysis
92(2)
Being More Than a Reviewer
94(4)
The Right to Speak: Freedom of Speech and the Arts
98(6)
You Can't Say That on Stage!
98(2)
The First Amendment: Rights and Restrictions
100(4)
Curtain Call
104
Spotlights : Audiences Behaving Badly: The Astor Place Riot
87(4)
Who Attends Performing Arts Events?
91
Spotlight on Diversity : Let's Do the Time Warp Again
88(18)
PART 2 THE ARTS WITHIN THE ART
Creativity and the Ensemble
106(26)
A Creative Life
108(4)
Creativity and Technique
108(1)
Creativity and Talent
109(3)
Creative People
112(3)
A Burning Curiosity
112(1)
The Power of Concentration
112(1)
The Ability to Find Order
112(1)
Mental Agility and the Ability to Find Options
113(1)
The Willingness to Take Risks and Accept Failure
113(2)
Enhancing Your Creativity
115(3)
Get Enough Exercise and Sleep
115(1)
Consider Your Environment
115(1)
Make the Time
116(1)
Assess Your Motivation
116(1)
Temper Your Criticism
117(1)
Creative Solutions
118(2)
Theatre Is Teamwork
120(10)
Administrative Team
122(1)
Creative Team
123(1)
Construction Crews
124(1)
Production Crews
124(6)
Curtain Call
130
Spotlights : Identify Your Intelligences and Cultivate Your Creativity
110(16)
The Process of Putting on a Play
126
Spotlight on Diversity :Playfulness: The First Quality of Genius
114(14)
From Stage to Screen : Putting Offstage Action Onscreen: The Crucible
128(4)
The Playwright and the Script
132(26)
The Playwright's Life and Words
134(3)
The Art of Playwriting
137(10)
What Does It Mean? The Theme
137(2)
Characters in Action
139(1)
Conflict as Catalyst
139(2)
The Art of Language
141(4)
Plotting the Story
145(2)
Formula Plots
147(7)
In the Beginning
148(2)
In the Middle
150(1)
Where It All Ends
151(3)
Plots outside the Formula
154(2)
Curtain Call
156
Spotlights : Genre
146(7)
How Many Acts? How Many Intermissions?
153
Spotlight on Diversity : The Life of a Playwright: Rebecca Gilman
138(20)
The Art of Acting
158(26)
Training to Be an Actor
160(3)
Training the Body
160(1)
Training the Voice
160(3)
Training the Mind
163(1)
Gurus and Mentors: Acting Teachers
163(1)
Acting Techniques We All Can Use
164(8)
Changing How You Feel: Outside/In and Inside/Out
165(3)
Empathy and the Magic If: Sympathy Transformed
168(1)
Substitution: It's All Yiddish to Me
168(4)
Understanding a Character
172(4)
Circumstances and Objectives
173(1)
Public and Personal Images
174(1)
Inner Conflicts and Character Flaws
175(1)
Motivation: Thinking in Positives
176(1)
The Actor's Life
176(5)
Pursuing the Part: Perpetual Auditions
178(1)
Perfecting the Part: Rehearsals
179(1)
Playing the Part: Performances
180(1)
Curtain Call
181
Spotlights : The Life of an Actor: Don Cheadle
161(17)
Synthespians versus a ``Poor Theatre''
178
Spotlight on Diversity : Tadashi Suzuki
165(5)
From Stage to Screen : Confinement, Close-Ups, and Clues: Alfred Hitchcock's Rope
170(14)
The Art of Directing
184(26)
The Birth of Directors
187(3)
Before Rehearsals Begin
190(6)
It All Starts with a Script: Script Analysis
190(1)
Studying Even the Smallest Elements: Structural Analysis
191(3)
Meetings and More Meetings: Realizing the Production Concept
194(1)
Don't Call Us; We'll Call You: Casting the Right Actors
195(1)
The Director's Role during Rehearsals
196(7)
Directing the Audience's Eye
196(6)
Reinforcing the Story with Pictures
202(1)
The Director's Collaboration with Others
203(1)
Different Types of Directors
203(2)
Interpretive Directors
203(1)
Creative Directors
204(1)
Contemporary Trends
205(2)
Curtain Call
207
Spotlights : The Life of a Director: Tisa Chang
186(20)
Playwright versus Director
206
Spotlight on Diversity : Color-Blind Casting
197(13)
The Art of Design
210(28)
From Page to Stage
212(8)
Doing the Homework
212(4)
Design Team Meetings
216(4)
Filling the Empty Space
220(14)
Designing the Set
220(4)
Designing the Lights
224(4)
Designing the Sound
228(1)
Designing the Costumes
228(2)
Preparing Makeup, Wigs, and False Noses
230(4)
Now It's Got to Be Built
234(1)
Curtain Call
235
Spotlights : Theatre Spaces
214(4)
Theatrical Styles
218(7)
Spotlight on Diversity : The Life of a Designer: Ming Cho Lee
225(7)
From Stage to Screen : A Mad, Mad World Inside and Out: Louis Nowra's Cosi
232(6)
PART 3 A CONCISE HISTORY
Non-Western Theatre
238(30)
African Theatre: Myths, Rituals, Rites, and Celebrations
241(5)
A Circle of Participants: Precolonial Forms
242(2)
Invaders: Colonial Forms
244(1)
Total Theatre: Postcolonial Forms
244(2)
Indian Theatre: A Delight for the Gods and a Solace for the Afflicted
246(4)
Happy Endings and Flying Princes: Sanskrit Drama
246(2)
Story Plays: Kathakali
248(1)
The British Invasion
248(2)
Chinese Theatre: Children of the Pear Garden
250(3)
The Opera of Peking
250(3)
Western Influences on Chinese Theatre
253(1)
Japanese Theatre: Simplicity and Restraint
253(8)
Inexpressible Beauty of Doing Nothing: Noh Theatre
254(3)
Theatre for Samurais and the Rest of Us: Kabuki Theatre
257(3)
The Japanese Shakespeare: Chikamatsu
260(1)
Western Influences on Japanese Theatre
261(1)
Islamic Theatre: The Spirit of the Shadows
261(3)
East Meets West
264(1)
Curtain Call
265
Spotlights : Masks and Theatre
243(16)
Bunraku Puppets
259
Spotlight on Diversity : Women on Stage
258(10)
The Greeks to the Rise of Christianity
268(28)
Wine and Fertility: The Birth of Tragedy
270(7)
Before Acts and Intermissions
272(1)
Tragedies That Weren't All That Tragic
273(2)
Tragic Trilogies and Satyr Plays
275(2)
Playwrights of the Golden Age
277(2)
Aeschylus: The Warrior Playwright
277(1)
Sophocles: The Wise and Honored One
277(1)
Euripides: Never Afraid to Speak His Mind
278(1)
Greek Comedies: Political Satire and Dirty Jokes
279(1)
Aristotle, Alexander, and the Spread of Greek Theatre
280(3)
Roman Entertainment: Obscene Spectacle
283(11)
Rome: The Las Vegas of Ancient Times
283(4)
Roman Mimes
287(2)
2,000-Year-Old Sitcoms
289(2)
The Singing, Acting Emperor
291(3)
Curtain Call
294
Spotlights : The Cradle of Western Civilization
270(4)
Oedipus Rex
274(15)
Spotlight on Diversity : Theodora: The Mime Who Became an Empress
289
Timeline : Theatre's Beginnings
284(8)
From Stage to Screen : Funny Then and Funny Now: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
292(4)
The Dark Ages to the Dawn of the Renaissance
296(22)
A Dark Age for Theatre
298(3)
Theatre Makes a Comeback in the Middle Ages
301(1)
Plays Move from the Church to the Streets
302(4)
The Fall of Lucifer and Other Entertainments
303(2)
Pride, Lust, Sloth, and Gluttony: Allegories Tell the Story
305(1)
A Mini-Renaissance: Aristotle Returns
306(3)
Toward a More Secular Theatre
309(1)
The Flood Gates Open: The Renaissance Begins
309(6)
The Invention of the Printing Press Spreads the Word
311(1)
Humanism: Nothing Human Is Alien to Me
311(2)
The Demise of Religious Theatre
313(2)
Curtain Call
315
Spotlights : The Black Death Takes Center Stage
308(2)
Professional Actors
310
Spotlight on Diversity : Hroswitha: The Nun Who Wrote Plays
300(14)
Timeline : Theatre through the Middle Ages
314(4)
The Renaissance
318(32)
The Italian Influence
320(4)
The Rebirth of Slapstick
320(1)
Aristotle: Classical Correctness
321(1)
Italian Perspective Scenery
322(2)
Spanish Dreams
324(2)
Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's Heyday
326(8)
The World of the Globe Theatre
328(2)
Rogues and Vagabonds (Also Known as Actors)
330(4)
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
334(5)
Christopher Marlowe: A University Man
334(1)
Ben Jonson: The First Poet Laureate
335(1)
William Shakespeare: The Bard
336(3)
From Extravagant Masques to Puritan Abstinence
339(2)
French Theatre: Tennis Anyone?
341(6)
Pierre Corneille: The Rule Breaker
341(2)
Jean Racine: The Rule Advocate
343(1)
Moliere: The Risk Taker
344(3)
Curtain Call
347
Spotlights : The Anti-Stratfordians
337(5)
Puritans, Pilgrims, and the Beginning of Theatre in America
342
Spotlight on Diversity : Multiculturalism Gets Off to a Rocky Start: The Masque of Blackness
340(6)
Timeline : The Renaissance
346
From Stage to Screen : A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Film Versions of Hamlet
332(18)
The Restoration, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism
350(26)
The Restoration: Bawdiness, Women Playwrights, and Conspicuous Consumption
352(4)
A New Light: Revolutionary Thought during the Enlightenment
356(4)
Academia: No Longer ``An Asinine Feast''
357(1)
Philosophy: Embracing Doubt
358(1)
Religion: Is Nothing Sacred?
358(2)
Government: The Greatest Happiness for the Greatest Number
360(1)
Theatre during the Enlightenment
360(7)
Diderot: The Playwright Who Wrote the Encyclopedia
362(1)
Lessing: The Philosopher of the Three Rings
363(2)
Beaumarchais: The Barber Who Started a Revolution
365(1)
Voltaire: ``Honored Philosopher Who Teaches Men to Think!''
366(1)
Isn't It Romantic?
367(4)
The Night Romanticism Won
370(1)
Goethe: The Bard of Berlin
370(1)
Melodrama: From The Count of Monte Cristo to Star Wars
371(1)
Curtain Call
372
Spotlights : Theatre Survives the French Revolution
361(3)
Mlle. Clairon and the Beginnings of Realistic Acting
364(8)
Spotlight on Diversity : Traveling Stars and Ira Aldridge
372
Timeline : The Restoration, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism
368(8)
Modern Theatre
376(36)
Let's Get Real: The Advent of Realism
378(2)
Critical Thinkers Influence How Reality Is Perceived
378(2)
Box Sets and Fourth Walls
380(1)
Local Flavor and Real People
380(6)
Henrik Ibsen: The Father of Realism
384(1)
George Bernard Shaw: Cerebral and Socially Relevant
385(1)
Anton Chekhov: The Lazy Chaos of Life
385(1)
Naturalism: A Slice of Life
386(3)
The Rise of the Avant-Garde
389(9)
Symbolic Acts, Hairy Apes, and the Theatre of Cruelty
389(3)
Life Is Absurdism
392(2)
Jean-Paul Sartre: Accepting Complete Responsibility
394(1)
Bertolt Brecht: Appealing to the Intellect, Not the Emotions
394(4)
Post-War Theatre in the United States
398(1)
Off the Beaten Broadway Path: 1960s U.S. Theatre
398(3)
Contemporary Theatre: It's Alive!
401(6)
Theatre: Will It Survive?
407(2)
Curtain Call
409
Spotlight : Chekhov, Stanislavsky, and the Birth of Modern Acting
387(9)
McCarthyism, Lillian Hellman, and the Theatre
396
Spotlight on Diversity : Oscar Wilde
383
Timelines : The 1800s
382(20)
The 1900s and Beyond
402(10)
The Musical
412(24)
Something for Everyone: What Makes a Musical?
414(6)
Good Things Come in Threes: The Scripts of Musicals
415(1)
From Ballads to Showstoppers: The Music of Musicals
416(4)
Musicals: Then and Now
420(11)
Opera: High Art and Comic Relief
420(1)
Early American Musicals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
421(3)
African American Musicals: Opening New Doors
424(2)
The Railroad, the War, and All That Jazz
426(1)
The Show Boat Revolution
426(2)
Thoroughly Modern Musicals
428(3)
The End or a New Beginning?
431(1)
Curtain Call
432
Spotlights : Stephen Sondheim
417(8)
Unsung Heroines of the American Musical
425(7)
The American Musical and the Movies
432
Spotlight on Diversity : Hooray for Bollywood!
430
From Stage to Screen : Filming All That Jazz: Chicago on Screen
418(18)
Glossary 436(13)
Index 449


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