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Theatre : Collaborative Acts

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2nd
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9780205484782

ISBN10:
0205484786
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
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Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

"Theatre: Collaborative Acts" stimulates creative thinking and discussions of artistic, social, and ethical questions through its interwoven themes of theatre as culture, collaboration, spatial art, and a fusion of the past and present. This text emphasizes the diversity of purpose and effect of theatre and the collaborative nature of the theatrical process. "Exploring Collaboration" boxes include profiles of successful artistic teams and feature a variety of approaches to the artistic process; "Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives" boxes offer a window on specific theatrical events; "Artists of the Theatre" boxes feature colorful and influential theatrical figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Theatre history, race and gender diversity in theatre, play interpretation, play production, theatre collaboration, analyzing theatre, and the director, actor, playwright, designer. People interested in theatre as a profession or as entertainment.

Table of Contents

Preface xxiii
ACT ONE Theatre and Its Audience
1(155)
Cultural Collaboration Theatre and Society
2(22)
Theatre as Entertainment and Art
4(13)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Lure of Safe Conduct and Invisible Rabbits
5(2)
The Social Functions of Theatre
7(1)
Theatre and Religion
7(1)
Theatre and Socialization
8(1)
Theatre and Politics
9(1)
Theatre and Subversion
9(2)
Theatre and Coercion
11(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Antiwar Plays
12(1)
Theatre and Empowerment
13(1)
Exploring Collaboration: Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
14(1)
Theatre and Cultural Exploration
15(2)
Social Control of Theatre
17(4)
Theatre and the Threat to Morality
17(1)
Theatre Regulation
18(1)
Theatre Censorship
19(1)
Exploring Collaboration: Citizen Play Juries
20(1)
Cultural Context and Personal Experience
21(1)
Questions and Activities
22(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
22(1)
For Further Exploration
23(1)
Experiencing Theatre Collaboration of Actor, Audience, and Space
24(30)
The Audience
27(7)
Empathy and Aesthetic Distance
27(4)
Exploring Collaboration: Spatial Collaboration: Commune and Pinocchio
31(1)
Overall Effect on the Audience
32(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Brecht versus Wagner
33(1)
The Nature of Acting
34(3)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Hypokrites to Actor
35(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Makeup as Mask: Kathakali
36(1)
From Play to Production
37(2)
The Production Collaborators
37(1)
Front-of-House Personnel
37(1)
The Rewards of Collaboration
38(1)
Space
39(12)
Proscenium Space
39(3)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Drottningholm Court Theatre
42(1)
Thrust Space
43(1)
Arena Space
44(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Stratford Festival Theatre
45(1)
The Black Box
46(1)
Found Theatre Spaces
46(2)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Performing Garage
48(1)
Environmental Theatre
49(1)
Experimenting with Space
49(1)
Stage Directions
50(1)
Theatre and Transformation
51(1)
Questions and Activities
52(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
53(1)
For Further Exploration
53(1)
Analyzing Theatre Thinking and Writing about Live Performance
54(26)
Theatre, Film, and Television
56(2)
Active Participation
56(1)
The Nature of Live Performance
57(1)
Analyzing Production
58(1)
Thinking about Actor Performance
59(3)
Believability
60(1)
Actor Choices
60(1)
Character Interaction
61(1)
Thinking about Space and Design
62(6)
Seeing in Three Dimensions
62(1)
Examining Scenery
63(3)
Examining Costumes
66(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Effect of Audience Space on Angels in America
67(1)
Understanding Style
68(2)
Evaluating Production
70(3)
Considering Context and Artistic Intent
70(1)
Taste
71(1)
``I Don't Know Why I Like It... I Just Do''
72(1)
``I Just Don't Like It''
72(1)
The Role of the Critic
73(3)
The Critic and the Audience
73(1)
Exploring Collaboration: Effective Performance Criticism
74(1)
The Critic and the Artists
75(1)
The Critic and the Historical Recor
75(1)
A Second Look at Production
76(1)
Writing about Production
76(3)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Theatre or Theater? It Is More Than a Building
78(1)
When It All Works
79(1)
Questions and Activities
79(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
79(1)
For Further Exploration
79(1)
Understanding the Play A Theatrical Blueprint
80(28)
Plot
82(13)
Causal Structure
82(6)
Variations on Linear, Causal Structure
88(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Elmer Rice's On Trial
89(1)
Situational Structure
90(1)
Structure by Idea, Character, and Image
91(1)
Repetition as Structure
92(1)
Poststructuralism
93(1)
Structure in the Twenty-First Century
94(1)
Character
95(4)
Character Credibility
95(1)
Levels of Characterization
96(3)
Understanding Character Relationships
99(1)
Thought
99(2)
Use of Imagery to Create Thought
100(1)
Contribution of Plot to Thought
101(1)
Use of Allusion
101(1)
Language
101(4)
Contribution to Character
102(1)
Exploring Collaboration: Improvised Text
103(1)
Establishing Mood and Environment
104(1)
Music
105(1)
Spectacle
106(1)
Questions and Activities
107(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
107(1)
For Further Exploration
107(1)
Interpreting the Play Understanding Genre, Reading, and Writing
108(22)
Dramatic Genre
110(12)
Tragedy
110(3)
Comedy
113(5)
Tragicomedy
118(1)
Melodrama
119(2)
Departures from Traditional Genre
121(1)
Reading a Play
122(5)
Visualizing the Action
122(2)
Understanding Cultural and Historical Differences
124(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: ``Exit, Pursued by a Bear'': Those Problematic Stage Directions
125(1)
Exploring Collaboration: East and West: Death of a Salesman in China
126(1)
Research
127(1)
Writing about a Play
127(2)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Juliet Was a Guy in Drag? Changing Theatrical Conventions
128(1)
Questions and Activities
129(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
129(1)
For Further Exploration
129(1)
Producing the Play Connecting Theatre and Audience
130(26)
Theatrical Choice in North America
132(6)
Professional Theatre
133(2)
Exploring Collaboration: New Audience Initiatives: The Cleveland Play House
135(1)
Amateur Theatre
135
Hybrid Theatres
131(7)
The Role of the Producer
138(3)
Producing in Commercial Theatre
138(1)
Producing in Nonprofit Theatre
139(1)
Artists of the Theatre: Harold Prince
140(1)
Producing in Amateur Theatre
140(1)
The Economics of Theatre
141(6)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Federal Theatre Project
142(1)
Production Costs
143(1)
Effect on Types of Plays Produced
144(1)
Exploring Collaboration: The New 42nd Street
145(1)
Theatre Funding
145(1)
Effect on the Audience
146(1)
Theatre and the Community
146(1)
Questions and Activities
147(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
147(1)
For Further Exploration
147(9)
Photo Gallery: Theatre of Diversity
148(8)
ACTTWO Collaboration in Art and Practice
156(114)
The Director Vision and Leadership
158(30)
Has Someone Always Been in Charge?
160(3)
Actor-Playwrights and Company Leaders
160(1)
Medieval Play Masters
161(1)
Actor-Managers
161(1)
The Emergence of the Modern Director
162(1)
Interpretation
163(2)
Developing Concept
165(4)
Artists of the Theatre: Peter Brook
168(1)
Communicating and Managing the Artistic Vision
169(2)
Collaborating with the Playwright
171(4)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Who Owns the Work?
174(1)
Directors and Absent Playwrights
175(1)
Collaborating with Designers
176(1)
Successful Collaborations
176(1)
Seeing in Three Dimensions
177(1)
Collaborating with Actors
177(4)
Casting the Show
177(1)
Exploring Collaboration: Metamorphoses
178(1)
Developing Character and Ensemble
179(1)
Artists of the Theatre: George C. Wolfe
180(1)
Collaborating with Stage Management
181(1)
The Rehearsal Process
182(2)
Read-Through and Analysis
182(1)
Staging Rehearsals
182(2)
Development Rehearsals
184(1)
Technical and Dress Rehearsals
184(1)
Opening the Production
184(1)
The Artistic Director
185(1)
Questions and Activities
186(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
186(1)
For Further Exploration
187(1)
The Actor From Mask to Contemporary Performance
188(22)
Development of the Actor
190(6)
Masks
191(1)
The Actor's Face
192(1)
The Actress Enters
193(1)
The Tradition of Cross-Dressing
193(1)
Artists of the Theatre: Bernadette Peters
194(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Women as Ancient Mimes
195(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Contemporary Cross-Dressing
196(1)
Acting Styles and Methods
196(7)
The Rhetorical Tradition
197(1)
Contemporary Realistic Performance
198(1)
Artists of the Theatre: James Earl Jones
199(2)
Contemporary Presentational Performance
201(2)
The Actor's Work
203(6)
Actor Training
203(1)
The Actor in Rehearsal
204(2)
Exploring Collaboration: Actors as Collaborators
206(1)
Stage versus Film Acting
206(2)
The Professional Actor
208(1)
Questions and Activities
209(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
209(1)
For Further Exploration
209(1)
The Playwright Imagination and Expression
210(18)
The Changing Position of the Playwright
213(4)
Playwriting as Civic Contribution
213(1)
The Play as Commodity
213(1)
Artists of the Theatre: Suzan-Lori Parks
214(1)
Social Position of the Playwright
215(1)
Copyright Regulations
216(1)
The Playwright and Production
217(6)
Writing with Actors in Mind
217(1)
Writing with a Theatre in the Head
218(1)
Collaborating with Actors, Directors, and Dramaturgy
219(1)
Text or Pretext?
219(1)
Exploring Collaboration: The Sondheim/Lapine Collaboration
220(1)
Revision in Rehearsal
221(1)
Artists of the Theatre: Michael Frayn
222(1)
When the Playwright Is an Actor or Director
223(1)
Development of New Plays
223(4)
Nontraditional Play Development
224(1)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville
225(1)
Issues of Ownership
225(1)
Exploring Collaboration: The Rent Controversy
226(1)
Freedom and Limitations
227(1)
Questions and Activities
227(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
227(1)
For Further Exploration
227(1)
The Designer Materializing Conception and the World of the Play
228(42)
The Development of the Designer
230(6)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Development of the Revolve
235(1)
The Designers' Choices
236(6)
Representational and Presentational
236(2)
Historical versus Imaginary
238(1)
Interpreting Space
238(1)
Artists of the Theatre: Ming Cho Lee
239(1)
Collaborating with Space
240(1)
Seeing beyond the Playwright and Director
241(1)
The Scenic Designer's Work
242(4)
What Does the Play Demand?
242(1)
Communicating with the Production Team
242(2)
Exploring Collaboration: Robert Edmond Jones with Arthur Hopkins
244(1)
Executing the Scenic Design
245(1)
The Lighting Designer's Work
246(7)
Changing Space with Lighting
247(1)
Creating Movement and Mood with Lighting
247(1)
Artists of the Theatre: Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
248(2)
The Lighting Designer's Tools
250(1)
Communicating and Executing the Lighting Design
251(2)
The Costume Designer's Work
253(5)
The Costume in Space
254(1)
Communicating and Executing the Costume Design
254(3)
Artists of the Theatre: William Ivey Long
257(1)
Meeting the Challenge
257(1)
The Sound Designer's Work
258(1)
Integrating All the Designs
259(2)
Questions and Activities
261(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
261(1)
For Further Exploration
261(9)
Photo Gallery: Interpreting Space and Design
262(8)
ACTTHREE Collaboration in History
270(87)
Foundations Classical Theatrical Forms
272(22)
Classical Greece
274(6)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Rediscovering Menander
278(2)
Classical Rome
280(2)
Medieval Europe
282(4)
Exploring Collaboration: The Community, the Church, and the Feast of Corpus Christi
285(1)
Classical India
286(1)
Classical China
287(2)
Classical Japan
289(4)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Kabuki Cross-Dressing: The Onnagata
291(2)
Questions and Activities
293(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
293(1)
For Further Exploration
293(1)
Reinterpretations Europe Rediscovers the Western Classics
294(20)
The Italian Renaissance
296(4)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Renaissance Court Entertainment
298(2)
Elizabethan England
300(4)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Rediscovery of the Rose and Globe Theatres
303(1)
The Spanish Golden Age
304(2)
Seventeenth-Century France
306(1)
Restoration England
307(3)
Eighteenth-Century Europe and the Americas
310(2)
Exploring Collaboration: The Hallam Company in the American Colonies: A Family Affair
312(1)
Questions and Activities
312(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
313(1)
For Further Exploration
313(1)
Revolitions Romanticism to Postmodern Experiment
314(43)
Romanticism
316(5)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: The Audience Has Its Say: Theatre Riots and Demonstrations
318(3)
Nineteenth-Century Melodrama
321(2)
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Nineteenth-Century Women Theatre Managers in Britain and the United States
322(1)
Nineteenth-Century Realism and Naturalism
323(2)
The Avant-Garde from the Late Nineteenth Century to the 1960s
325(5)
Exploring Collaboration: Founding an Alternative Theatre: The Provincetown Players
330(1)
Modern and Contemporary Popular Theatre
330(4)
The Recent Avant-Garde and Postmodern Experiment
334(2)
Questions and Activities
336(1)
Key Terms and Concepts
337(1)
For Further Exploration
337(20)
Key Theatrical Events
338(19)
Glossary 357(10)
Notes 367(2)
Bibliography 369(4)
Index 373


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