Theater Experience

ISBN-10: 0072831820

ISBN-13: 9780072831825

Edition: 9th 2003

Authors: Edwin Wilson

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This text encourages readers to be more active theatre-goers as they learn about the elements at work in a production. Changes to this edition reflect new directions in theatre practice and scholarship, and the diversity of today's theatre.
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Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Binding: Paperback
Language: English

Edwin Wilson, as a teacher, author, critic, and director, has worked in many aspects of theatre. Educated at Vanderbilt University, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by the Yale Drama School. He has taught at Yale, Hofstra, Vanderbilt, Hunter College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. At Hunter he served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Film and head of the graduate theatre pro- gram. At CUNY he was the Executive Director of the Segal Theatre Center. He was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal for 22 years and edited and wrote the introduction for Shaw on Shakespeare. He is the author of The Theatre Experience and a coauthor, with Alvin Goldfarb, of Living Theatre, Theatre: The Lively Art, and as coeditor of The Anthology of Living Theatre, all published by McGraw-Hill. He has served as president of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, as well as a member of the selection committees of the Pulitzer Prize in drama and the Tony awards. He is currently on the board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the John Golden Fund, and for many years was on the board of the Theatre Development Fund, of which he served as president. Wilson served as assistant to the producer for the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook and the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish directed by John Gielgud, was resident director for a season at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and the executive producer of the film The Nashville Sound. He co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You, directed by George Abbott.

– The Audience
The Audience: Its Role and Imagination
Background and Expectations of the Audience
The Critic and the Audience
Stage Spaces
The Performers And The Director
Acting: Offstage and in the Past
Stage Acting Today
The Director and the Producer
The Playwright And The Play
– Creating the World of the Play
Dramatic Structure: Climactic, Episodic, and Other Forms
Dramatic Characters
Tragedy and Other Serious Drama
Comedy and Tragicomedy
The Designers
Lighting and Sound
– The Theater Landscape Today
– Contemporary American Theater
Musical Theater
– Contemporary World Theater
Epilogue: Integrating the Elements: Predicting the Future
– Play Synopses
The Cherry Orchard
A Streetcar Named Desire
Death of a Salesman
Waiting for Godot
Historical Outline
Major Theatrical Forms and Movements
Technical Terms
Select Bibliography
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