Theatre: Collaborative Acts stimulates creative thinking through its interwoven themes of theatre as culture, collaboration, spatial art, and a dynamic fusion of past and present. The central premise of Theatre: Collaborative Acts is that theatre is entertainment and art. It allows us to escape, relax, and refocus. Theatre also stimulates creative thinking and provokes discussion of artistic, social and ethical questions. Through their study of theatre, students develop lifelong tools to help them enjoy, analyze, understand, read, visualize, and get the most out of many different types of theatre experiences. The text emphasizes the diversity of purpose and effect of theatre, and the collaborative nature of the theatrical process. It requires the efforts of many people with different skills to create theatre.
Every chapter contains “For Further Exploration,” “Questions and Activities,” and “Key Terms and Concepts.”
ACT I. THEATRE AND ITS AUDIENCE.
1. Cultural Colaboration: Theatre and Society.
Theatre as Entertainment and Art.
The Social Functions of Theatre.
Social Control of Theatre.
Cultural Context and Personal Experience.
2. Experiencing Theatre: Collaboration of Actor, Audience, and Space.
The Nature of Acting.
From Play to Production.
Theatre and Transformation.
3. Analyzing Theatre: Thinking and Writing About Live Performance.
Theatre, Film, and Television.
Thinking About Actor Performances.
Thinking About Space and Design.
The Role of the Critic.
Writing About Production.
When It All Works.
4. Understanding the Play: A Theatrical Blueprint.
5. Interpreting the Play: Understanding Genre, Reading, and Writing.
Reading a Play.
Writing About a Play.
6. Producing the Play: Connecting Theatre and Audience.
Theatrical Choice in North America.
The Role of the Producer.
The Economics of Theatre.
Photo Essay: Theatrical Diversity.
ACT II. THEATRE: COLLABORATION IN HISTORY.
7. Foundations: Classical Theatrical Forms.
8. Reinterpretations: Europe Rediscovers the Western Classics.
The Italian Renaissance.
The Spanish Golden Age.
Eighteenth-Century Europe and the Americas.
9. Revolutions: Romanticism to Postmodern.
Nineteenth-Century Realism and Naturalism.
The Avant-Garde from the Late Nineteenth Century to the 1960s.
Twentieth-Century Popular Theatre.
The Recent Avant-Garde and Postmodern Experiment.
ACT III. COLLABORATION IN ART AND PRACTICE.
10. The Director: Vision and Leadership.
Has Someone Always Been in Charge?
Communicating and Managing the Artistic Vision.
Collaborating with the Playwright.
Collaborating with Actors.
Collaborating with Stage Management.
The Rehearsal Process.
Opening the Production.
The Artistic Director.
11. The Actor: From Mask to Contemporary Performance.
Development of the Actor.
The Actor's Work.
12. The Playwright: Imagination and Expression.
The Changing Position of the Playwright.
The Playwright and Production.
Development of New Plays.
13. The Designer: Materializing Conception and the World of the Play.
The Development of the Designer.
The Designers' Choices.
Artists of the Theatre: Ming Cho Lee.
The Scenic Designer's Work.
The Lighting Designer's Work.
The Costumer Designer's Work.
The Sound Designer's Work.
Integrating All the Designs.
Photo Gallery: Interpreting Space and Design.