What Is Dramaturgy?

ISBN-10: 0820421774
ISBN-13: 9780820421773
Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Bert Cardullo
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Description: What Is Dramaturgy? attempts to document, by way of articles, statements, and bibliographies, the dramaturg's profession, which began with Lessing in Germany in the second half of the eighteenth century and was instituted in the United States two  More...

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List price: $42.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Peter Lang
Publication date: 12/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What Is Dramaturgy? attempts to document, by way of articles, statements, and bibliographies, the dramaturg's profession, which began with Lessing in Germany in the second half of the eighteenth century and was instituted in the United States two hundred years later during the rise of the regional theatre movement. As critics-in-residence (also known as literary managers), dramaturgs perform a variety of tasks: broadly speaking, they select and prepare playtexts for performance, advise directors, and educate the audience; they are translators, theatre historians, public lecturers, even artistic consciences. Dramaturgy literally means the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition considered collectively, and in a sense the dramaturg is the dramatist's representative or advocate in the theatre. That is, he is the guardian of the text - new as well as old - and therefore a person whose work is necessary for the revival of dramatic art in our time. What Is Dramaturgy? is dedicated in the end not only to promoting the dramaturg's function, but also to anticipating his creation of an intellectually illumined American theatre.

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Enter Dramaturgs
The Compleat Dramaturg
Ten Dramaturgical Myths
Lessing, Jugglers, and Dramaturgs
The Role of the Dramaturg in European Theater
Dramaturgy In Stuttgart: An Interview with Hermann Beil
Bertolt Brecht as Dramaturg
American Dramaturgy: A Critical Re-Appraisal
The American View: The Future for Dramaturgs on U.S. Campuses
Dramaturgs in America: Two Interviews and Six Statements
Dramaturgy at The Guthrie: An Interview with Mark Bly
The Literary Manager As "Resident Highbrow": An Interview with Russell Vandenbroucke at the Mark Taper Forum
Dramaturgy in Two Senses: Towards a Theory and Some Working Principles of New-Play Dramaturgy
The Ghost Lights of Our Theaters: The Fate of Contemporary American Dramaturgs
The Critic Comes Full Circle: An Interview with Kenneth Tynan
Literary Management at the National Theatre, London: An Interview with John Russell Brown
Directors, Dramaturgs, and War in Poland: An Interview with Jan Kott
The Dramaturg in Yugoslavia
The Program as Performance Text
A Dramaturgy Bibliography

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