Theatre As Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts

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  • Copyright: 2005-12-30
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Pr
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This introductory theatre textbook is designed for the general education student in college--one who may not be familiar with very many plays and has only seen a limited number of theatre productions. Through the use of four model plays--Macbeth,

Author Biography

Thomas S. Hischak is professor of theatre at State University of New York at Cortland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Credits ix
Introduction xi
The Theatre
Theatre vs. Drama
The Theatre Experience
Theatre as Change
Theatre Conventions
Theatre Is Plural
Four Theatre Events
The Play
The Script
About Four Scripts
The Elements of Drama
Types of Drama
Dramatic Structure
The Playwright
The Blueprint
Meet the Playwrights
The Germinal Idea
The Playwright's Process
Evaluating the Playwright's Work
The Business of Playwriting
Meet Twelve American Playwrights
The Play Performers: The Actors
Acting vs. Role Playing
Acting as an Art and a Craft
A Brief History of Acting
Theories of Acting
An Actor's Tools
The Actor's Process
The Business of Acting
Evaluating the Actor
The Play Makers: The Director and the Producer
Behind the Scenes
The Art of Directing
Theatre Styles
A Brief History of Directing
The Directing Process
The Business of Directing
Evaluating the Director and Choreographer
The Producer
The Business of Producing
The Play Builders: The Designers
Theatre Architecture
Scenic Design
The Scenic Designer's Process
Costume Design
The Costume Designer's Process
Lighting Design
A Brief History of Theatre Lighting
The Function and Elements of Theatre Lighting
The Lighting Designer's Process
Sound Design
Theatre Properties
Makeup in the Theatre
New Technology
The Business of Theatre Design
Evaluating Theatre Design
The Playgoers: The Audience and the Critic
Theatre Today
Where Theatre Happens
Alternative Theatre
Theatre of Diversity
Foreign Influences
Theatre Criticism
The Student as Critic
Parting Thoughts
Glossary of Terms 227(12)
Websites to Visit 239(4)
Film and Video Versions of the Plays 243(4)
Index 247(10)
About the Author 257

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