Theatre : Collaborative Acts

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 1/7/2009
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Theatre: Collaborative Actsstimulates 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.The central premise ofTheatre: Collaborative Actsis that theatre is entertainment and art. It allows us to escape, relax, and refocus. Through their study of theatre, readers develop lifelong tools to help them enjoy, analyze, understand, read, visualize, and get the most out of many different types of theatre experiences. This Third Edition continues to emphasize the diversity of purpose and effect of theatre, and the collaborative nature of the theatrical process.

Table of Contents

Theatre and Its Audience
Cultural Collaboration: Theatre and Society
Theatre as Entertainment and Art
Exploring Cultural and Historical Perspectives: The Lure of Safe Conduct and Invisible Rabbits
The Social Functions of Theatre
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Theatre of War
Exploring Artists of the Theatre: National Theatre of the Deaf
Social Control of Theatre
Exploring Collaboration: Citizen Play Juries
Theatrical Choice in North America
Cultural Context and Personal Experience
Experiencing Theatre: Collaboration of Actor, Audience, and Space
The Audience
Exploring Collaboration: Spatial Collaboration: Commune and Pinocchio
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Brecht versus Wagner
The Nature of Acting
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Hypokrites to Actor
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Makeup as Mask: Kathakali
From Play to Production
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Drottningholm Court Theatre
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Stratford Festival Theatre
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:The Performing Garage
Theatre and Transformation
Analyzing Theatre: Thinking and Writing about Live Performance
Theatre, Film, and Television
Analyzing Production
Thinking about Actor Performances
Thinking about Space and Design
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:The Effect of Audience Space on Angels in America
Understanding Style
Evaluating Production
The Role of the Critic
Writing about Production
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Theatre or Theater?
It Is More Than a Building
When It All Works
Understanding the Play: A Theatrical Blueprint Plot
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Deus ex Machina
Exploring Collaboration: Improvised Text
Interpreting the Play: Understanding Genre, Reading, and Writing
Dramatic Genre
Reading a Play
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:Exit, Pursued by a Bea;: Those Problematic Stage Directions
Writing about a Play
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Juliet Was a Guy in Drag? Changing Theatrical Conventions
Photo Gallery: Theatrical Diversity
Collaboration In Art And Practice
The Director: Vision and Leadership
Has Someone Always Been in Charge?
Developing Concept
Artists of the Theatre: Peter Brook
Communicating and Managing the Artistic Vision
Collaborating with the Playwright
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Who Owns the Work
Directors and Absent Playwrights
Collaborating with Designers
Collaborating with Actors
Exploring Collaboration: Metamorphoses
Artists of the Theatre: George C. Wolfe
Collaborating with the Stage Manager
The Rehearsal Process
Opening the Production
The Actor: From Mask to Contemporary Performance
Development of the Actor
Artists of the Theatre: Bernadette Peters
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Contemporary Cross-Dressing
Acting Styles and Methods
Artists of the Theatre: James Earl Jones
The Actor's Work
Exploring Collaboration: Actors as Collaborators
The Playwright: Imagination and Expression
The Changing Position of the Playwright
Artists of the Theatre: Suzan-Lori Parks
The Playwright and Production
Exploring Collaboration: The Sondheim/Lapine Collaboration
Artists of the Theatre: Michael Frayn
Development of New Plays
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:The Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Exploring Collaboration: The Rent Controversy
The Designer: Materializing Conception and the World of the Play
The Development of the Designer
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:Development of the Revolve
The Designers'
Artists of the Theatre: Ming Cho Lee
The Scenic Designer's Work
Exploring Collaboration: Robert Edmund Jones with Arthur Hopkins
The Lighting Designer's Work
Artists of the Theatre: Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
The Costumer Designer's Work
Artists of the Theatre: William Ivey Long
The Sound Designer's Work
Integrating All the Designs
The Producer: Coordination, Promotion, Economics
Early Producers
The Role of the Producer
Artists of the Theatre: Harold Prince
The Economics of Theatre
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives: Stagehands Union 2007 Strike
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:The Federal Theatre Project
Photo Gallery: Interpreting Space and Design
Collaboration In History
Foundations: Classical Theatrical Forms
Classical Greece
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:Rediscovering Menander
Classical Rome
Medieval Europe
Exploring Collaboration: The Community, the Church, and the Feast of Corpus Christi
Classical India
Classical China
Classical Japan
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:Kabuki Cross-Dressing: The Onnagata
Reinterpretations: Europe Rediscovers the Western Classics
The Italian Renaissance
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:Renaissance Court Entertainment
Elizabethan England
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:The Rediscovery of the Rose and Globe Theatres
The Spanish Golden Age
Seventeenth-Century France
Restoration England
Eighteenth-Century Europe and the Americas
Exploring Collaboration: The Hallam Company in the American Colonies: A Family Affair
Revolutions: Romanticism to Postmodern Experiment
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:The Audience Has Its Say: Theatre Riots and Demonstrations
Nineteenth-Century Melodrama
Exploring Historical and Cultural Perspectives:Nineteenth-Century Women Theatre Managers in Britain and the United States
Nineteenth-Century Realism and Naturalism
The Avant-Garde from the Late Nineteenth Century to the 1960s
Exploring Collaboration: Founding an Alternative Theatre: The Provincetown Players
Modern and Contemporary Popular Theatre
The Recent Avant-Garde and Postmodern Experiment
Key Theatrical Events
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