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In its outstanding eighth edition, Theatre: The Lively Artremains the best-selling Introductory Theatre text for Theatre Appreciation courses. It incorporates a number of elements in one volume: An introduction to the audience's experience of theatre An investigation of the elements of theatre: the audience; the text; theatre artists, including actors, directors, theatrical space; and scenic, costume, lighting and sound design A study of the important developments in the history of theatre Several qualities set Theatre: The Lively Artapart from other introductory texts. A particularly important element is our emphasis on the audience. All students reading the book are potential theatregoers, not just during their college years but throughout their lives. We have therefore attempted to make Theatre: The Lively Artan ideal one-volume text to prepare students as future audience members. It will give them a grasp of how theatre functions, of how it should be viewed and judged, and of the tradition behind any performance they may attend. In addition to serving as an ideal text for non-majors, Theatre: The Lively Artwill also prepare students who wish to continue studies in theatre, as majors, minors, or students from other disciplines who take advanced courses.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Theatre: Diverse, Global, Multicultural
Chapter 1. Theatre: The Art Form
Chapter 2. The Audience: Spectators and Participants
Part 2. Creating Theatre: The Playwright
Chapter 3. Creating the Dramatic Script
Chapter 4. Theatrical Genres
Part 3. Creating Theatre: The Production
Chapter 5. Acting for the Stage
Chapter 6. The Director and the Producer
Chapter 7. Theatre Spaces
Chapter 8. The Designers: Scenery and Costumes
Chapter 9. The Designers: Lighting and Sound
Part 4. Global Theatre: Past and Present
Chapter 10. Early Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval
Chapter 11. Early Theatre: Asian
Chapter 12. Renaissance Theatres
Chapter 13. Theatre from the Restoration through Romanticism