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Focusing on the collaborative process, The Creative Spirit 6e introduces students to theatre through the plays themselves and the playwrights, directors, actors, and designers who combine their talents to create the theatre event. The Creative Spirit provides a rich context for each play included, with a discussion of the playwright's biography and sources, historical and cultural timelines, and a case study of a particular production of the play so that students can experience theatre from the inside. All of the materials for a complete course are presented together in one volume.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Nature of Theatre 1 The Impulse to Perform: Origins 2 Theatre as a Mirror of Society
Part 2 The Nature of Performance: The Theatre Practitioners 3 The Playwright's Vision Looking at Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson 4 The Art of the Actor 5 The Director 6 The Designers
Part 3 The Nature of Style: Realism and Theatricalism 7 Understanding Style: Realism 8 Expressing a Worldview through Realism Looking at And the Soul Shall Dance by Wakako Yamauchi 9 Understanding Style: Theatricalism 10 Expressing a Worldview through Theatricalism Looking at Angels in America: Millenium Approaches by Tony Kushner 11 The Musical Theatre
Part 4 The Nature of Drama: Structure and Genre 12 The Elements of Drama and Dramatic Structure 13 Innovations in Dramatic Structure Looking at Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes 14 Genre 15 The Project