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  • Copyright: 2010-06-16
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This lively introduction to theatre offers equal measures of appreciation of theatrical arts, history of performance, and descriptions of the collaborative theatrical crafts. The author's enthusiasm for and knowledge of the current theatre, highlighted by contemporary production shots from around the world, put the students in the front row. The text includes extensive excerpts from seven plays:Prometheus Bound, Oedipus Tyrannos, The York Cycle, Romeo and Juliet, The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Three Sisters,andHappy Days, as well as shorter excerpts fromThe RoverandA Doll's House.

Author Biography

ROBERT COHEN was the founding chair Drama at the University of California at Irvine, where he continues to serve as the department's Claire Trevor Professor of Drama. He has also been a resident acting teacher at the Actors Center in New York, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the Korean National Arts University, and the national theatre academies of Hungary, Finland, and Estonia. He is an accomplished stage director, scholar, playwright, drama critic, and teacher. A director by training (Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale Drama School), Cohen has staged thirteen professional productions at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, plus well over a hundred productions at Stages Theatre Center (Hollywood), Virginia Museum Theatre (Richmond), Theatre 40 (Beverly Hills), Image Theatre (Boston), Summer Repertory Theatre (Santa Rosa), the Medieval Drama Project (Irvine), the Manhattan Theatre Source, various universities, and several operas, videos and films. In addition to Theatre and Theatre: Brief Edition, he is also the author of many theatre books, including Acting One, Advanced Acting, Acting in Shakespeare, Acting Professionally, Acting Power, More Power to You, Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny, Creative Play Direction, and two dramatic anthologies. His essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Forum, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, Theater der Zeit, Essays in Theatre, On Stage Studies, The Drama Review, Contemporary Literature, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Slavic and East European Performance, Experiment and Innovation, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Cohen’s play, The Prince, published by Dramatic Publishing Company, has been professionally produced in Long Beach, Pittsburgh, Budapest, and in staged readings in New York and Los Angeles; his dramatic translations (The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Misanthrope, Clizia, Tibi’s Law) and opera translations (The Magic Flute, Carmen) have been both produced and published widely. For the past twenty years, Cohen has been the Southern California drama critic for Plays International, reviewing over two hundred plays. In 1999, he received the national Career Achievement award from ATHE - the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Table of Contents

The Theatre: Its Elements
What Is the Theatre?
The Theatre Building
The Company, or Troupe, of Players
The Occupation of Theatre
Live Performance
Scripted and Rehearsed Performance
What Is a Play?
Classifying Plays
Comedy and Other Genres
Dramaturgy: The Construction of Drama and Dramatic Performance
Drama’s Components: The Vertical Axis
Drama's Timeline: The Horizontal Axis
Non-Aristotelian Theatre Events
The Past
The Ancients
Shamanism, Trance, and Magic
The Beginnings of Traditional Drama
Traditional Drama in Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigerian Masquerade
Egyptian Drama
The Greek Theatre
Origins and Evolution
The Birth of the Dithyramb
The Classic Period
The Theatron
The Spectacle
The City Dionysia
The Greek Plays
Prometheus Bound
Oedipus Tyrannos
The Roman Theatre
The Middle Ages
The Quem Queritis: From Trope to Drama
Out of the Church
The Corpus Christi Plays at York
The York Cycle
Medieval Morality Plays
The Renaissance
The Shakespearean Era
The Theatres
The Players
The Plays
The Plays of Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet
Renaissance Theatre in Italy and Spain
Italy: Machiaveli and the Commedia dell'Arte
Spain's Golden Age
The Theatre of Asia
Theatre in Asia
The Drama of IndiaSanskrit Dance-TheatreKathakali
Chinese Opera: XiquXiqu’s OriginsStaging of Xiqu
The Drama of Japan
Kabuki's Origins
Visualizing Kabuki
Kabuki Plays
Kabuki Theatres
Kabuki Scenery
Kabuki Music
Kabuki Actor Families
Kabuki Acting Style
Kabuki Costumes and Wigs
Kabuki Actor-Training and Rehearsals
Kabuki Actors' Assistants
Kabuki Acting Moments
The Kabuki Audience
Kabuki and Artistic Creativity
Kabuki Today
Bunraku: Japan's Puppet Theatre
Asian Theatre Today
The Royal Era
A Theatre for Courts and Kings
Staging Practices
The French Theatre
The Royal Court and the Tennis Court
The Public Theatre Audience
The Bourgeois Gentleman
England: The Restoration Theatre
The Rover
The Modern and the Now
The Modern Theatre: Realism
Romantic Beginnings
Realism: Likeness to Life
A Laboratory
Henrik Ibsen: The Pioneer of Realism
A Doll's House
The Spread of Realism
Anton Chekhov: The High Point of Realism
The Three Sisters
American Realism
Eugene O’Neill
Clifford Odets
Arthur Miller
Tennessee Williams
August Wilson
Realism and the American Cinema
The Modern Theatre: Antirealism
Symbolist Beginnings
The Era of "Isms"
Early Isms and Stylizations: A Sampling of Five Plays
The French Avant-Garde: Ubu Roi
Intellectual Comedy: Man and Superman
Expressionism: The Hairy Ape
Metatheatre: Six Characters in Search of an Author
Theatre of Cruelty: Jet of Blood
Postwar Alienation and Absurdity
Theatre of Alienation: Bertolt Brecht
Theatre of the Absurd: Samuel Beckett
Happy Days
Future Directions in Antirealistic Theatre
The Musical Theatre
The Role of Music in Theatre History
The Development of the Broadway Musical: America's Contribution
Musical Comedy: Gershwin, Kern, Darktown Follies, and Rodgers and Hart
A Golden Age
The Contemporary Musical
The Emergence of Choreographer-Directors
Stephen Sondheim
Black Musicals
Foreign Invasions: British, French, Swedish, and Disney
Musicals of the Twenty-first Century
Theatre Today
What's Happening?
A Theatre of Postmodern Experiment
A Nonlinear Theatre
An Open Theatre
A Diverse Theatre
Photo Essay: Theatre in the Borderlands
A Global Theatre
A Macaronic Theatre
A Theatre of Difference
A Theatre of Nontraditional Casting
Spectacular Theatre
Verbatim Theatre
A Dangerous Theatre
A Theatre of Community
Movement Art and Dance-Theatre
Solo Performance
Three Theatre-Makers in the Theatre Today
Peter Brook
Robert Wilson
Julie Taymor
Theatre Today: Where Can You Find It?
New York City
Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway
Regional American Theatre: Not for Profit
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
Shakespeare Festivals
Summer and Dinner Theatres
Amateur Theatre: Academic and Community
International Theatre
Beyond North America
Conclusions about Theatre Today?
The Practioners
The Actor
What Is Acting?
The Paradox of Acting - from Socrates to Stanislavsky
Acting Today
Acting from the Inside: The Stanislavsky Legacy
Emotion Memory
Acting from the Outside
The Actor as Virtuoso
Putting It Together
Becoming an Actor
The Approach
The Actor's Instrument
Voice and Speech
The Psychological Instrument
Photo Essay: Actor Patrick Stewart
The Actor's Routine
The Actor in Life
The Playwright
We Are All Playwrights
Literary and Nonliterary Aspects of Playwrighting
Playwrighting as Event Writing
The Qualities of a Fine Play
Credibility and Intrigue
Speakability, Stageability, and Flow
Depth of Characterization
Gravity and Pertinence
Compression, Economy, and Intensity
The Playwright's Process
The Playwright's Rewards
A Sampling of Current American Playwrights
David Mamet
Tony Kushner
David Henry Hwang
Neil LaBute
Lynn Nottage
Photo Essay: Playwright Neil LaBute
Designers and Technicians
The Design Process
What Design Does
Scenic Materials
The Scene Designer at Work
Photo Essay: Scene Designer Tony Walton
The Scene Designer at Work
Modern Lighting Design
The Lighting Designer at Work
Photo Essay: Lighting Designer Don Holder
The Functions of Costume
The Costume Designer at Work
Photo Essay: Costume Designer Catherine Zuber
Sound Design
Photo Essay: Sound Designer Scott Lehrer
Projection Design
Special Effects
Digital Technologies in Theatre Design
The Technical Production Team
Photo Essay: Stage Manager Michael McGoff
The Director
The Arrival of the Director: A Historical Overview
Realistic Directors
Stylizing Directors
The Contemporary Director
Photo Essay: Director Susan Stroman
Director and Producer
Vision and Leadership
Play Selection
Designer Selection
Director-Designer Collaboration
Photo Essay: The School for Wives
The Training of a Director
The Critic and the Dramaturg
Critical and Dramaturgical Perspectives
Social Significance
Human Significance
Artistic Quality
Relationship to the Theatre Itself
Entertainment Value
Critical and Dramaturgical Focus
Professional Criticism
Professional Dramaturgy
Student Criticism and Dramaturgy
We Are the Critics
Selected Bibliography
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