Enjoyment of Theatre

ISBN-10: 0205734618
ISBN-13: 9780205734610
Edition: 8th 2011
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Book details

List price: $42.99
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 1/17/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Updated in a new 8th edition, this book offers a balance of history and performance that brings theatre to life for readers by showing the relationship and relevance of the performing arts to their everyday lives. This book covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history as well as performance/production topics such as playwriting, acting, directing, and the theatre industry. This updated edition is presented in full-color for the first time.

Jim Patterson, the author of Stage Directing (Allyn & Bacon), spent three decades at the University of South Carolina, where he headed the MFA program in directing and taught its secondary theater-methods course. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Patterson has been recognized for his work by the South Carolina Speech Communication Association and the South Carolina Theatre Association, and was awarded the state's Order of the Silver Crescent.

Jim Hunter is the author of three studies of Stoppard including About Stoppard and The Faber Critical Guide to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties and Arcadia, as well as of other critical works and novels. A former teacher and headmaster, he is now an associate lecturer with the Open University.

Preface
Locating Theatre, Experiencing Plays: Theory and Criticism
Theatre: Performance and Art
Why Theatre
Theatre as Performance
Theatre as Art
Theatre as Performing Art
Key Terms
Theatre: the Performing Audience: Three Roles
Window on the World
Theatre as Art: the Role of the Audience
Theatre as Cultural Expression: the Role of the Audience
Theatre as Business: the Role of the Audience
Key Terms
How to Read a Play
Seeing versus Reading
Preliminary Work
Play Analysis Using the Parts of the Play
Organizing a Response
Key Terms
How to See a Play
Experiencing the Performance
Preliminary Work
Performance Analysis
Organizing a Response
Key Terms
Mediating the Art and Business of Theatre
Mediators of Theatre Art
Mediators of Theatre Business
Key Terms
Today's Theatre and Its Makers: Theatre Practice
Making Theatre Today: the Context
Theatre Spaces
Theatrical Venues in the United States
Amateur Theatre
Theatre Funding
Key Terms
Playwrights
The Nature of Playwrights and Playwriting
Sources of Plays and Playwrights
Playwrights and their Culture
The Playwright's Career
Training Playwrights
From Page to Stage: Professional Issues
What Is Good Playwriting?
Key Terms
Actors
The Nature of Acting
Training Actors
Audition, Rehearsal, and Performance
What Is Good Acting?
Key Terms
Directors
The Nature of Directing
The Director at Work
Training Directors
What Is Good Directing?
Key Terms
Designers and Technicians
The Nature of Design
Designers at Work
Training Designers
What Is Good Design?
Key Terms
Theatre of Other Times and Places: Theatre History
Facade Stages (534 B.C.E. - c.550 C.E.)
The Theatre of Greece
Background
Traits of Greek Theatre
Plays and Playwrights
Theatre Buildings and Practices
The End of Athens' Golden Age
Key Terms
The Theatre of Rome
Background
Roman Festivals and Theatre
Theatre Buildings, Scenery, Costumes, and Masks
Audiences
The Empire and the End of Roman Drama
The Breakup of the Empire
The Eastern (Byzantine) Empire and Theatre
Key Terms
Emblem, Environment, and Simultaneity (c. 950 - c. 1650)
Theatre in the Middle Ages
Background
Early Medieval Drama and Theatre
Medieval Culture and Theatre, c.1200 c. 1550
The End of Medieval Religious Theatre: the Transformation of Medieval Secular Theatre
Key Terms
The Golden Ages of England and Spain
Background
The Renaissance in the North: the Age of Shakespeare
The Closing of English Theatres
The Spanish Golden Age
Theatres in the East
Key Terms
Illusionism (c. 1550 - 1960)
The Italian Renaissance
Mainstream Theatre
An Alternative Theatre: Commedia dell'Arte
Ital: Eclipse
Key Terms
The Triumph and Decline of Neoclassicism
French Theatre
English Restoration Theatre and Beyond (1660���c. 1750)
English Theatre in America
Key Terms
Successful Failure: Theatre and Reform, 1750 the 1950s
Context
Three Countries, Two Experiences
First Wave: Romanticism, 1750���1850
Second Wave: Realism, 1850���1950
Realism and Naturalism: Three Important Leaders
Third Wave: Avant-Gardism, 1890���1950
Avant-Garde Theatres and Movements
Key Terms
The Rise and Triumph of Commercialism: 1750 - 1950s
Context
Commercial Theatre
Drama in the Commercial Theatre
Theatres and Production Practices
The Decline of Commercial Theatre
Responses to Commercial Theatre
Key Terms
Eclectic Theatre, c. 1950-c.2000
Context
Avant-garde Theatre
The Influence of the Avant-garde
Professional Theatre
The decline and Cultural Displacement of Theatre
Key Terms
U.S. Theatre, 2000-2010
Context
Theatrical Changes
A Faded Avant-garde
Commercial and Not-for-Profit Theatres
Theatre Trends in the New Millennium
Key Terms
Global Theatre
Context
The East
The Islamic World
Africa
Key Terms
Glossary
Index

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