CART

(0) items

Experiencing the Art of Theatre : A Concise Introduction,9780495001805
This item qualifies for
FREE SHIPPING!

FREE SHIPPING OVER $59!

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

Experiencing the Art of Theatre : A Concise Introduction

by
Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780495001805

ISBN10:
0495001805
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/3/2006
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

Related Products


  • The Art of Theatre A Concise Introduction
    The Art of Theatre A Concise Introduction
  • The Art of Theatre A Concise Introduction
    The Art of Theatre A Concise Introduction
  • WebTutor ToolBox for Blackboard Instant Access Code
    WebTutor ToolBox for Blackboard Instant Access Code
  • WebTutor ToolBox for WebCT Instant Access Code
    WebTutor ToolBox for WebCT Instant Access Code





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(13)
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(6)
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(1)
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(4)
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
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(4)
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(11)
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(11)
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
Theatre's Beginnings
238(34)
Wine and Fertility: The Birth of Tragedy
241(6)
Tragedies That Weren't All That Tragic
242(1)
Tragic Trilogies and Satyr Plays
243(3)
Playwrights of the Golden Age
246(1)
Greek Comedies: Political Satire and Dirty Jokes
247(1)
Aristotle, Alexander, and the Spread of Greek Theatre
248(2)
Classical Theatre of India: The Believable and the Unbelievable
250(2)
Roman Entertainment: Obscene Spectacle
252(4)
Roman Mimes
252(1)
2,000-Year-Old Sitcoms
253(3)
The Singing, Acting Emperor
256(1)
The Rise of Christianity
256(2)
Peking Opera Is Not Opera
258(2)
The Japanese Say Yes to Theatre
260(5)
Noh
260(3)
Kabuki
263(2)
Meanwhile, Back in Medieval Europe
265(2)
Theatre in the Shadows
267(1)
Curtain Call
268
Spotlights Oedipus Rex
244(20)
Masks and Theatre
262(2)
Spotlight on Diversity Women on Stage
264
Timeline Theatre's Beginnings through the Middle Ages
254(18)
Theatre's Revival in Europe
272(34)
The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Return of Secular Theatre
274(7)
Aristotle: The Comeback Kid
275(1)
The Italian Perspective
276(1)
Spanish Dreams
277(4)
Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's Heyday
281(13)
The World of the Globe Theatre
283(1)
Rogues and Vagabonds (Also Known as Actors)
284(2)
Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
286(4)
Masques: Entertaining in High Places
290(4)
The Restoration and the Acceptance of Women in Theatre
294(2)
French Theatre: Tennis, Anyone?
296(1)
A New Light: Theatre in the Age of Reason
297(7)
Revolutionary Theatre
299(3)
Romanticism and the Birth of Melodrama
302(2)
Curtain Call
304
Spotlights Women on the Elizabethan Stage
285(6)
Puritans, Pilgrims, and the Beginning of Theatre in America
301
Spotlight on Diversity Multiculturalism Gets Off to a Rocky Start: The Masque of Blackness
291
Timeline The Renaissance through Romanticism
278(14)
From Stage to Screen A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Film Versions of Hamlet
292(14)
Modern Theatre
306(34)
Western Influence on World Theatre
308(1)
Let's Get Real: The Advent of Realism
309(7)
Box Sets and Fourth Walls
311(1)
Local Flavor and Real People
312(4)
Naturalism: A Slice of Life
316(1)
The Rise of the Avant-Garde
317(12)
Symbolic Acts, Hairy Apes, and the Theatre of Cruelty
318(5)
Life Is Absurdism
323(2)
Bertolt Brecht: Appealing to the Intellect, Not the Emotions
325(1)
American Post-War Theatre
326(3)
Off the Beaten Broadway Path: 1960s U.S. Theatre
329(1)
Contemporary Theatre: It's Alive!
330(5)
Theatre: Will It Survive?
335(2)
Curtain Call
337
Spotlights Chekhov, Stanislavsky, and the Birth of Modern Acting
315
McCarthyism, Lillian Hellman, and the Theatre
326
Spotlight on Diversity Oscar Wilde
313
Timelines The 1800s
310(30)
The 1900s and Beyond
320(20)
The Musical
340(24)
Something for Everyone: What Makes a Musical?
342(6)
Good Things Come in Threes: The Scripts of Musicals
343(1)
From Ballads to Showstoppers: The Music of Musicals
344(4)
Musicals: Then and Now
348(11)
Opera: High Art and Comic Relief
348(1)
Early American Musicals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
349(3)
African American Musicals: Opening New Doors
352(2)
The Railroad, the War, and All That Jazz
354(1)
The Show Boat Revolution
354(2)
Thoroughly Modern Musicals
356(3)
The End or a New Beginning?
359(1)
Curtain Call
360
Spotlights Stephen Sondheim
345(13)
Unsung Heroines of the American Musical
353(7)
The American Musical and the Movies
360
Spotlight on Diversity Hooray for Bollywood!
358
From Stage to Screen Filming All That Jazz: Chicago on Screen
346(18)
Glossary 364(13)
Index 377


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...