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Essential Theatre

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ISBN-10: 0534577857

ISBN-13: 9780534577858

Edition: 8th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Oscar G. Brockett, Robert J. Ball

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The Eighth Edition of THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE will help you get your students excited about theatre. The combined authorship of an authoritative theatre historian and his former student, an active theatre historian himself, make this the book perfect for your introductory theatre course. In the 35 years since it was first published, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in academia. Now in a new full color format with many representations of current and classic performances, this text will encourage your students to become active theatergoers and fans. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE works in tandem with its companion…    
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Book details

List price: $164.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Preface
Foundations
The Nature of Theatre
The Basic Elements of Theatre
Theatre as a Form of Art
Special Qualities of Theatre
Art and Value
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Performance, Audience, and Critic
Watching a Performance
Who Is the Audience?
The Audience and Critical Perspective
The Basic Problems of Criticism
Qualities Needed by the Critic
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The Playscript
On Reading a Play
Dramatic Action
Methods of Organizing Dramatic Action
Plot
The Beginning
The Middle
The End
Character and Characterization
Thought
Diction
Music
Spectacle
Form in Drama
Tragedy
Comedy
Other Forms
Style in Drama
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Varieties of Theatrical Experience
Festival Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experiences
The Theatre of Ancient Greece
The Theatre of Dionysus
The Performers
Oedipus the King and Its Performance
Greek Comedy
The Roman Theatre Experience
The Roman Theatrical Context
The Menaechmi
Other Roman Drama and Theatre
The Revival of Drama in the Middle Ages
Trade Guilds and the Corpus Christi Festival
Conventions of Medieval Theatre
The Wakefield Cycle
Noah and His Sons
Other Medieval Theatre and Drama
Comparing Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre
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Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia dell'Arte, and Seventeenth-Century France
Creating a Professional Theatre
Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre
Hamlet
The Theatre Experience in Renaissance Italy
Commedia dell'Arte
The Servant of Two Masters
The French Background
Moliere and Seventeenth-Century French Theatre Practice
Tartuffe
The Elizabethan, Italian, and French Traditions
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From Romanticism to Realism
The Emergence of Romanticism
Melodrama
Monte Cristo
The Advent of Realism
Realism and Naturalism
A Doll's House
Zola and Naturalism
The Emergence of the Director
The Independent Theatre Movement
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The Modernist Temperament: 1885-1940
Symbolism
Appia, Craig, and Reinhardt
New Artistic Movements
"The Hairy Ape"
The Postwar Era
The Federal Theatre and the Group Theatre
Epic Theatre
The Good Woman of Setzuan
Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty
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Reevaluation, Decentralization, and Subsidization
Postwar American Theatre
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Musical in Postwar America
Postwar Europe
Absurdism
Happy Days
Decentralization and Subsidization
The Postwar British Theatre
Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway
Regional Theatres
Subsidization of the Arts in the United States
Broadway and Musicals after Subsidization
American Playwrights after 1960
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Contemporary Theatre and Its Diversity
Alternative Theatre Groups
Poor and Environmental Theatres
Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art
Postmodernism
Trends in Directing
Cultural Diversity
African American Theatre
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Latino Theatre
Roosters
Asian American Theatre
Native American Theatre
Theatre by and for Women
How I Learned to Drive
Gay and Lesbian Theatre
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Asian and African Theatre
Theatre in Japan
Noh Theatre
The Shrine in the Fields (Nonomiya)
Other Japanese Theatre Forms
Theatre in Africa
Performance in Nigeria
The Strong Breed
Theatre Elsewhere in Africa
Epilogue
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Theatrical Production
Theatrical Space and Production Design
The Influence of Theatrical Space
The Proscenium-Arch Stage
The Thrust Stage
The Arena Stage
Flexible Space
Auxiliary Spaces
Using the Theatrical Space
Collaborative Production Design
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Playwriting and Dramaturgy
The Playwright
The Dramaturg
Dramaturgy and Literary Management
Production Dramaturgy
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Directing and Producing
The Producer
The Director
Analyzing and Studying the Script
Approaches to Directing
The Director and the Designers
Auditions and Casting
Working with the Actors
The Director's Means
Stage Images
Movement, Gesture, and Business
Voice and Speech
Rehearsing the Play
The Director's Assistants
Thinking about the Director's Work
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Acting
The Actor's Training and Means
The Actor's Instrument
Observation and Imagination
Concentration
Stage Vocabulary
Scene Study
From Training to Performing
Creating a Role
Psychological and Emotional Preparation
Movement, Gesture, and Business
Vocal Characterization
Memorization and Line Readings
Refining a Role
Dress Rehearsals and Performance
Thinking about the Actor's Work
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Scene Design
The Functions of Scene Design
The Scene Designer's Skills
Working Plans and Procedures
Basic Scene Elements
Soft-Scenery Units
Framed Units
Three-Dimensional Units
Innovative Materials and Methods
Assembling and Painting Scenery
Shifting Scenery on Stage
Set Decoration and Properties
Technical Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsals, and Performances
The Scene Designer's Assistants and Coworkers
Thinking about the Scene Designer's Work
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Costume Design and Makeup
The Functions of Costume Design
The Costume Designer's Skills
Working Plans and Procedures
Realizing the Designs
The Costume Designer and the Actor
Makeup
The Functions of Makeup
The Makeup Plot
Types of Makeup
Makeup Materials
The Costume Parade, Dress Rehearsals, and Performances
The Costume Designer's Assistants
Thinking about Costume and Makeup
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Lighting and Sound Design
The Controllable Qualities of Light
The Functions of Stage Lighting
The Lighting Designer's Skills
The Lighting Designer's Working Procedures
Organizing the Distribution of Light
Setting the Lights, Rehearsals, and Performances
The Lighting Designer's Employment and Assistants
The Increasing Role of Sound Design
The Functions of Sound Design
The Sound Designer's Working Methods and Resources
Mixed-Media Productions
Thinking about Stage Lighting and Sound
Afterword
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Glossary
Bibliography
Index