World of Theatre Tradition and Innovation

ISBN-10: 0205360637
ISBN-13: 9780205360635
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $170.60
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

The World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation is the first introduction to theatre text to fully focus on diversity and globalism, integrating coverage of multicultural, international, and experimental theatre throughout. This text sets itself apart from the competition in asserting that theatre is a multifaceted and evolving form that must be studied in all of its variety in order to be fully understood. It reflects the changing and increasingly diverse student population as no other text does. Book jacket.

Features at a Glance
Preface
Navigating the World of Theatre
Theatre: A Global Experience
Theatrical Conventions and Culture
Universals of the Theatre
Tradition and Innovation
Photo Essay Multiculturalism
Theatre in Changing Times
Key Ideas
The Audience: Partners in Performance
The Audience and the Actor: The Invisible Bond
The Audience Is a Community
Audience Members Construct Meaning as Individuals
Audience Members Choose Focus
Conventions of Audience Response
Audience Conventions in Western Theatre History
Political Theatre: Moving the Audience to Action
From Provocation to Mainstream: The Evolution of a Convention
Meeting Theatre's Challenges
Key Ideas
Encountering Traditions
Understanding Plays
Storytelling and Cultural Tradition
The Playwright Shapes the Story
Dramatic Structure
Dramatic Characters
Dramatic Language
Form and Innovation
Key Ideas
The European Written Tradition and Its Genres
Tragedy
Comedy
Tragicomedy
Melodrama
Genre Today
Key Ideas
Performance Traditions: Legacy and Renewal
Indian Sanskrit Theatre
Mime and the Commedia dell' Arte Tradition
Japanese Traditions
Chinese Opera
Carnival Tradition
Puppet Traditions around the Globe
Traditions Evolve
Key Ideas
Alternative Paths to Performance
Other Authors, Other Texts, Other Forms
Creating through Improvisation
The Performance Ensemble and Collaborative Creation
Mime and Movement Theatre
The Variety Entertainer
The Storyteller
The Journalist and Social Historian: Documentary Theatre
Music and Dance Theatre
The American Musical
The Designer and the Theatre of Images
The Diversity of Theatrical Forms
Key Ideas
Shaping the Performance
The Actor: Theatre's Living Presence
The Thrill of Simulation
To Act Is Human
The Universal Qualities of Acting in the Theatre
What Does an Actor Do?
The Actor's Dual Consciousness
Acting Reflects Culture
Acting Conventions in the European Tradition
The Development of Actor Training
The Acting Profession Today
Acting in Performance Traditions
Freedom within Constraint; Constraint within Freedom
Key Ideas
The Director: The Invisible Presence
Directors Mold the Theatrical Experience
Directing, a Recent Art
The Director's Process: A Multiplicity of Approaches
The Director as Interpreter of a Dramatic Text
The Director as Acting Guru
The Director as Auteur
The Director's Personal Qualities
Key Ideas
Theatre Spaces and Environments: The Silent Character
Space Creates Meaning
Cultural Meanings of Theatre Spaces
Theatre Spaces and Environments
Traditional Theatre Spaces
Flexible and Found Spaces
The Actor in Space
Key Ideas
Art and Technology: Design for the Theatre
Approaches to Design
Design in Performance Traditions
PHOTO ESSAY Clowns
Western Design before the Interpretive Model
Realistic Design
PHOTO ESSAY Illusions of Reality
Abstract Design
PHOTO ESSAY Modernism in Design
Contemporary Design: Collaboration and Evolution
Key Ideas
Setting the Stage
Goals of Set Design
PHOTO ESSAY Designing the Character's World
The Set Designer's Process: Collaboration, Discussion, Evolution
Principles of Composition
The Visual Elements of Set Design
The Set Designer's Materials
Key Ideas
Dressing the Character
Costuming and the Actor
Goals of Costume Design
The Costume Designer's Process
Principles of Composition
Visual Elements of Costume Design
The Costume Designer's Materials
Key Ideas
Lighting and Sound Design
Stage Lighting
Goals of Stage Lighting
The Lighting Designer's Process
The Visual Elements of Light
Composing with Light
Conceiving a Design: Control and Flexibility
The Lighting Designer's Tools
Sound Design
Sound Practices in the Past
Goals of Sound Design
The Sound Designer's Process
The Sound Designer's Tools
Key Ideas
Technology and Theatrical Innovation
What Is Technology?
The Impact of Technology
Technology and Culture
Competition with Other Media
New Technologies in the Theatre Today
Concerns about Theatre and Technology
Key Ideas
Understanding Today's Theatre
The Critical Response
Criticism and Culture
The Many Faces of the Critic
The Dramaturg
The Reviewer
Experiencing Theatre as a Critic
Writing a Review
Key Ideas
Making Theatre Happen
Where Theatre Happens
Commercial and Not-for-Profit Theatre in the United States
Producing Theatre
Behind the Scenes: The Unsung Heroes of the Theatre
Methods of Collaboration
Closing the Show
Key Ideas
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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