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The Essential Theatre With Infotrac

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Edition:
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9780534577858

ISBN10:
0534577857
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Pub. Date:
6/27/2003
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

The Eighth Edition of THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE will help you get your students excited about theatre. The combined authorship of an authoritative theatre historian and his former student, an active theatre historian himself, make this the book perfect for your introductory theatre course. In the 35 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. Now in a new full color format with many representations of current and classic performances, this text will encourage your students to become active theatergoers and fans. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE works in tandem with its companion anthology, PLAYS FOR THEATRE. The scripts in PLAYS serve as a foundation for discussion of the various types of theatrical experience explored in the text.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Part One: Foundations
1(54)
The Nature of Theatre
3(18)
The Basic Elements of Theatre
4(3)
Theatre as a Form of Art
7(7)
Special Qualities of Theatre
14(2)
Art and Value
16(3)
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19(2)
Performance, Audience, and Critic
21(14)
Watching a Performance
22(2)
Who Is the Audience?
24(4)
The Audience and Critical Perspective
28(2)
The Basic Problems of Criticism
30(3)
Qualities Needed by the Critic
33(1)
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33(2)
The Playscript
35(20)
On Reading a Play
35(1)
Dramatic Action
36(1)
Methods of Organizing Dramatic Action
37(2)
Plot
39(2)
The Beginning
39(1)
The Middle
40(1)
The End
41(1)
Character and Characterization
41(2)
Thought
43(1)
Diction
44(1)
Music
45(1)
Spectacle
45(2)
Form in Drama
47(6)
Tragedy
49(1)
Comedy
49(1)
Other Forms
49(2)
Style in Drama
51(2)
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53(2)
Part Two: Varieties of Theatrical Experience
55(226)
Festival Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experiences
57(42)
The Theatre of Ancient Greece
57(3)
The Theatre of Dionysus
60(2)
The Performers
62(4)
Oedipus the King and Its Performance
66(6)
Greek Comedy
72(2)
The Roman Theatre Experience
74(2)
The Roman Theatrical Context
76(3)
The Menaechmi
79(2)
Other Roman Drama and Theatre
81(1)
The Revival of Drama in the Middle Ages
82(2)
Trade Guilds and the Corpus Christi Festival
84(2)
Conventions of Medieval Theatre
86(3)
The Wakefield Cycle
89(2)
Noah and His Sons
91(3)
Other Medieval Theatre and Drama
94(3)
Comparing Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre
97(1)
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97(2)
Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia dell'Arte, and Seventeenth-Century France
99(40)
Creating a Professional Theatre
99(2)
Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre
101(6)
Hamlet
107(5)
The Theatre Experience in Renaissance Italy
112(6)
Commedia dell'Arte
118(6)
The Servant of Two Masters
124(4)
The French Background
128(3)
Moliere and Seventeenth-Century French Theatre Practice
131(2)
Tartuffe
133(3)
The Elizabethan, Italian, and French Traditions
136(1)
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137(2)
From Romanticism to Realism
139(30)
The Emergence of Romanticism
140(2)
Melodrama
142(4)
Monte Cristo
146(6)
The Advent of Realism
152(2)
Realism and Naturalism
154(2)
A Doll's House
156(2)
Zola and Naturalism
158(1)
The Emergence of the Director
159(4)
The Independent Theatre Movement
163(4)
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167(2)
The Modernist Temperament: 1885--1940
169(26)
Symbolism
169(3)
Appia, Craig, and Reinhardt
172(3)
New Artistic Movements
175(4)
``The Hairy Ape''
179(2)
The Postwar Era
181(3)
The Federal Theatre and the Group Theatre
184(1)
Epic Theatre
185(3)
The Good Woman of Setzuan
188(2)
Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty
190(3)
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193(2)
Reevaluation, Decentralization, and Subsidization
195(32)
Postwar American Theatre
195(1)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
196(4)
The Musical in Postwar America
200(3)
Postwar Europe
203(1)
Absurdism
204(1)
Happy Days
205(2)
Decentralization and Subsidization
207(1)
The Postwar British Theatre
208(5)
Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway
213(3)
Regional Theatres
216(2)
Subsidization of the Arts in the United States
218(2)
Broadway and Musicals after Subsidization
220(3)
American Playwrights after 1960
223(2)
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225(2)
Contemporary Theatre and Its Diversity
227(36)
Alternative Theatre Groups
227(3)
Poor and Environmental Theatres
230(3)
Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art
233(5)
Postmodernism
238(2)
Trends in Directing
240(2)
Cultural Diversity
242(1)
African American Theatre
243(3)
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
246(2)
Latino Theatre
248(1)
Roosters
249(3)
Asian American Theatre
252(2)
Native American Theatre
254(2)
Theatre by and for Women
256(1)
How I Learned to Drive
257(3)
Gay and Lesbian Theatre
260(1)
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261(2)
Asian and African Theatre
263(18)
Theatre in Japan
263(1)
Noh Theatre
264(3)
The Shrine in the Fields (Nonomiya)
267(2)
Other Japanese Theatre Forms
269(4)
Theatre in Africa
273(2)
Performance in Nigeria
275(1)
The Strong Breed
276(2)
Theatre Elsewhere in Africa
278(1)
Epilogue
278(1)
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279(2)
Part Three: Theatrical Production
281(148)
Theatrical Space and Production Design
283(16)
The Influence of Theatrical Space
283(1)
The Proscenium-Arch Stage
284(1)
The Thrust Stage
285(1)
The Arena Stage
286(1)
Flexible Space
287(2)
Auxiliary Spaces
289(2)
Using the Theatrical Space
291(1)
Collaborative Production Design
292(5)
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297(2)
Playwriting and Dramaturgy
299(16)
The Playwright
299(7)
The Dramaturg
306(1)
Dramaturgy and Literary Management
307(4)
Production Dramaturgy
311(2)
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313(2)
Directing and Producing
315(28)
The Producer
315(4)
The Director
319(11)
Analyzing and Studying the Script
319(3)
Approaches to Directing
322(3)
The Director and the Designers
325(2)
Auditions and Casting
327(1)
Working with the Actors
327(3)
The Director's Means
330(6)
Stage Images
330(2)
Movement, Gesture, and Business
332(2)
Voice and Speech
334(2)
Rehearsing the Play
336(4)
The Director's Assistants
339(1)
Thinking about the Director's Work
340(1)
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341(2)
Acting
343(18)
The Actor's Training and Means
344(14)
The Actor's Instrument
345(2)
Observation and Imagination
347(1)
Concentration
347(1)
Stage Vocabulary
348(2)
Scene Study
350(1)
From Training to Performing
350(1)
Creating a Role
351(2)
Psychological and Emotional Preparation
353(1)
Movement, Gesture, and Business
353(1)
Vocal Characterization
354(2)
Memorization and Line Readings
356(1)
Refining a Role
356(1)
Dress Rehearsals and Performance
357(1)
Thinking about the Actor's Work
358(1)
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359(2)
Scene Design
361(22)
The Functions of Scene Design
361(2)
The Scene Designer's Skills
363(2)
Working Plans and Procedures
365(3)
Basic Scene Elements
368(6)
Soft-Scenery Units
369(1)
Framed Units
370(1)
Three-Dimensional Units
371(1)
Innovative Materials and Methods
371(3)
Assembling and Painting Scenery
374(1)
Shifting Scenery on Stage
375(3)
Set Decoration and Properties
378(1)
Technical Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals, and Performances
379(1)
The Scene Designer's Assistants and Coworkers
380(1)
Thinking about the Scene Designer's Work
380(1)
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381(2)
Costume Design and Makeup
383(22)
The Functions of Costume Design
383(3)
The Costume Designer's Skills
386(2)
Working Plans and Procedures
388(3)
Realizing the Designs
391(2)
The Costume Designer and the Actor
393(2)
Makeup
395(6)
The Functions of Makeup
395(1)
The Makeup Plot
396(1)
Types of Makeup
396(2)
Makeup Materials
398(3)
The Costume Parade, Dress Rehearsals, and Performances
401(1)
The Costume Designer's Assistants
402(1)
Thinking about Costume and Makeup
402(1)
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403(2)
Lighting and Sound Design
405(24)
The Controllable Qualities of Light
405(2)
The Functions of Stage Lighting
407(2)
The Lighting Designer's Skills
409(2)
The Lighting Designer's Working Procedures
411(2)
Organizing the Distribution of Light
413(5)
Setting the Lights, Rehearsals, and Performances
418(2)
The Lighting Designer's Employment and Assistants
420(1)
The Increasing Role of Sound Design
421(1)
The Functions of Sound Design
421(1)
The Sound Designer's Working Methods and Resources
422(2)
Mixed-Media Productions
424(2)
Thinking about Stage Lighting and Sound
426(1)
Afterword
427(1)
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427(2)
Glossary 429(10)
Bibliography 439(14)
Index 453


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