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The Essential Theatre

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9780155072299

ISBN10:
0155072293
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Pub. Date:
6/18/1999
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Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

This introductory text acquaints students with the theatre¨its artistic and social functions, its development, and how each of the theatre arts functions as a unit. In the thirty-five years since it was first published, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in academia. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE works in tandem with its companion anthology, PLAYS FOR THE THEATRE (7/e), edited by Oscar G. Brockett with Robert Ball. The scripts in PLAYS serve as the foundation for discussion of the various types of theatrical experience explored in THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE.

Table of Contents

Preface v
PART ONE FOUNDATIONS 2(56)
The Nature of Theatre
4(19)
The Basic Elements of Theatre
5(5)
Theatre as a Form of Art
10(7)
Special Qualities of Theatre
17(3)
Art and Value
20(3)
Performance, Audience, and Critic
23(14)
Watching a Performance
24(3)
Who Is the Audience?
27(10)
The Audience and Critical Perspective
30(3)
The Basic Problems of Criticism
33(3)
Qualities Needed by the Critic
36(1)
The Playscript
37(21)
On Reading a Play
38(1)
Dramatic Action
39(1)
Methods of Organizing Dramatic Action
40(2)
Plot
42(3)
The Beginning
42(2)
The Middle
44(1)
The End
44(1)
Character and Characterization
45(1)
Thought
46(1)
Diction
47(1)
Music
47(2)
Spectacle
49(2)
From in Drama
51(2)
Tragedy
51(1)
Comedy
51(1)
Other Forms
52(1)
Style in Drama
53(3)
Prologue
56(2)
PART TWO VARIETIES OF THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE 58(222)
Festival Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experiences
60(45)
The Theatre of Ancient Greece
61(2)
The Theatre of Dionysus
63(4)
The Performers
67(4)
Oedipus the King and Its Performance
71(6)
Greek Comedy
77(2)
The Roman Theatre Experience
79(2)
The Roman Theatrical Context
81(3)
The Menaechmi
84(2)
Other Roman Drama and Theatre
86(3)
The Revival of Drama in the Middle Ages
89(2)
Trade Guilds and the Corpus Christi Festival
91(2)
Conventions of Medieval Theatre
93(3)
The Wakefield Cycle
96(2)
Noah and His Sons
98(3)
Other Medieval Theatre and Drama
101(3)
Comparing Greek, Roman, and Medieval
104(1)
Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia dell'Arte, and Seventeenth-Century France
105(42)
Creating a Professional Theatre
106(2)
Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre
108(6)
Hamlet
114(5)
The Theatre Experience in Renaissance Italy
119(6)
Commedia dell'Arte
125(7)
The Servant of Two Masters
132(4)
The French Background
136(3)
Moliere and Seventeenth-Century French Theatre Practice
139(2)
Tartuffe
141(4)
The Elizabethan, Italian, and French Traditions
145(2)
From Melodrama to Realism
147(31)
The Emergence of Melodrama
148(8)
Monte Cristo
156(6)
The Advent of Realism
162(1)
Realism and Naturalism
163(3)
A Doll's House
166(3)
Zola and Naturalism
169(1)
The Emergence of the Director
170(4)
The Independent Theatre Movement
174(4)
The Modernist Temperament: 1885--1940
178(28)
Symbolism
179(2)
Appia, Craig, and Reinhardt
181(3)
New Artistic Movements
184(5)
``The Hairy Ape''
189(4)
The Postwar Era
193(2)
The Federal Theatre and the Group Theatre
195(2)
Epic Theatre
197(2)
The Good Woman of Setzuan
199(3)
Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty
202(4)
Reevaluation, Decentralization, and Subsidization
206(34)
Postwar American Theatre
207(1)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
208(4)
The Musical in Postwar America
212(3)
Postwar Europe
215(3)
Absurdism
218(1)
Happy Days
218(2)
Decentralization and Subsidization
220(2)
The Postwar British Theatre
222(4)
Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway
226(4)
Regional Theatres
230(2)
Subsidization of the Arts in the United States
232(2)
Broadway and Musicals after Subsidization
234(3)
American Playwrights after 1960
237(3)
Contemporary Diversity
240(40)
Alternative Theatre Groups
241(2)
Poor and Environmental Theatres
243(3)
Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art
246(5)
Postmodernism
251(2)
Trends in Directing
253(2)
Cultural Diversity
255(1)
African American Theatre
256(3)
The Colored Museum
259(2)
Latino Theatre
261(3)
Roosters
264(2)
Asian American Theatre
266(1)
Yankee Dawg You Die
267(4)
Native American Theatre
271(2)
Women's Theatre
273(1)
An American Daughter
274(2)
Gay and Lesbian Theatre
276(2)
Epilogue
278(2)
PART THREE THEATRICAL PRODUCTION 280(163)
Theatrical Space and Production Design
282(21)
The Influence of Theatrical Space
283(2)
The Proscenium-Arch Theatre
285(1)
The Thrust Stage
285(1)
The Arena Stage
286(2)
Flexible Space
288(2)
Auxiliary Spaces
290(1)
Using the Theatrical Space
291(1)
Production Design
292(2)
The Elements of Visual Design
294(2)
The Principles of Design
296(4)
Sound in Design
300(2)
The Integrated Production Design
302(1)
Playwriting and Dramaturgy
303(15)
The Playwright
304(7)
The Dramaturg
311(1)
Dramaturgy and Literary Management
311(4)
Production Dramaturgy
315(3)
Directing and Producing
318(29)
The Producer
319(3)
The Director
322(12)
Analyzing and Studying the Script
323(1)
Approaches to Directing
324(4)
The Director and the Designers
328(2)
Auditions and Casting
330(4)
Working with the Actors
334(1)
The Director's Means
334(6)
Stage Images
335(1)
Movement, Gesture, and Business
336(2)
Voice and Speech
338(2)
Rehearsing the Play
340(5)
The Director's Assistants
345(1)
Thinking about the Director's Work
345(2)
Acting
347(21)
The Actor's Training and Means
349(17)
The Actor's Instrument
349(3)
Observation and Imagination
352(1)
Concentration
352(1)
Stage Vocabulary
353(2)
Scene Study
355(1)
From Training to Performing
355(2)
Creating a Role
357(1)
Psychological and Emotional Preparation
358(1)
Movement, Gesture, and Business
358(3)
Vocal Characterization
361(1)
Memorization and Line Readings
362(1)
Refining the Role
363(1)
Dress Rehearsals and Performance
363(3)
Thinking about the Actor's Work
366(2)
Scenic Design
368(24)
The Functions of Scenic Design
369(2)
The Scene Designer's Skills
371(2)
Working Plans and Procedures
373(5)
Basic Scenic Elements
378(4)
Soft-Scenery Units
378(1)
Framed Units
379(1)
Three-Dimensional Units
380(1)
Innovative Materials and Methods
380(2)
Assembling Scenery
382(1)
Painting Scenery
383(2)
Shifting Scenery Onstage
385(3)
Set Decoration and Properties
388(1)
Technical Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals, and Performances
389(1)
The Scene Designer's Assistants and Coworkers
390(1)
Thinking about the Scene Designer's Work
390(2)
Costume Design and Makeup
392(23)
The Functions of Costume Design
393(3)
The Costume Designer's Skills
396(2)
Working Plans and Procedures
398(3)
Realizing the Designs
401(4)
The Costume Designer and the Actor
405(2)
Makeup
407(5)
The Function of Makeup
407(1)
The Makeup Plot
407(1)
Types of Makeup
407(2)
Makeup Materials
409(3)
The Costume Parade, Dress Rehearsals, and Performances
412(1)
The Costume Designer's Assistants
412(1)
Thinking about Costume and Makeup
413(2)
Lighting Design, Sound, and Multimedia
415(28)
The Controllable Qualities of Light
416(1)
The Functions of Stage Lighting
417(2)
The Lighting Designer's Skills
419(2)
The Lighting Designer's Working Procedures
421(2)
Organizing the Distribution of Light
423(3)
Lighting Instruments, Accessories, and Controlboards
426(6)
Lighting Instruments
427(3)
Accessories
430(1)
Connecting Panels and Controlboards
431(1)
Setting the Lights, Rehearsals, and Performances
432(2)
The Lighting Designer's Employment and Assistants
434(1)
Sound
435(3)
Mixed-Media Productions
438(1)
Thinking about Stage Lighting and Sound
439(3)
Afterword
442(1)
Appendix Opportunities to Work in the Theatre 443(10)
Theatre as an Avocation
444(1)
Theatre in Education
444(3)
Theatre for Children and Youth
444(2)
Secondary School Theatre
446(1)
Undergraduate Colleges and Universities
446(1)
Graduate Schools
446(1)
University Resident Theatres
446(1)
The Community Theatre
447(1)
Summer Theatres
447(1)
Not-for-Profit Professional Companies
448(1)
For-Profit Professional Theatres
449(2)
Directors
449(1)
Actors
449(1)
Stage Managers
449(1)
Designers
450(1)
Scenery, Costume, Lighting, and Property Crews
450(1)
Others
450(1)
Special Employment Opportunities
451(2)
Glossary 453(12)
Bibliography 465(16)
Index 481


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