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What is Theatre? : An Introduction and Exploration

What is Theatre? : An Introduction and Exploration - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0240802329

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ISBN13: 978-0240802329
ISBN10: 0240802322
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Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Focal Press, Inc.
Published: 1997
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What is Theatre? : An Introduction and Exploration - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0240802329

John R. Brown

ISBN13: 978-0240802329
ISBN10: 0240802322
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Focal Press, Inc.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

While the main focus is on present-day theatre in North America, history is used to illuminate current practice. Theatres in Europe and Asia also feature in the discussion. A view is given of all contributors to performance, with special emphasis placed on actors and the plays they perform. This textbook is not tied to a few specific play-texts, but designed to be effective regardless of which play a student sees or reads.

In Part Two, leading practitioners of different generations and cultural backgrounds describe their own work, providing a variety of perspectives on the contemporary theatre. All this is supplemented by nearly 100 black and white and color illustrations from productions, working drawings, and plans.

This new text engages its readers in the realities of the theatre; it is up-to-date, comprehensive, and packed with practical advice for understanding how theatre works and how plays come alive in performance.

Author Bio

Brown, John Russell : University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

John Russell Brown is Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has taught in the past at a variety of colleges including New York University and Stanford University. For fifteen years he was an Associate Director of the National Theatre in London. He has directed plays in many theatres including Cincinnati Playhouse, the Empty Space in Seattle, and the Clurman Theatre in New York. His productions have also toured Poland and India. He is also the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre (0-19-212997-X). Professor Brown has written extensively about theatre, especially Shakespeare and contemporary theatre. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI and East Sussex, England.


Table of Contents

Introduction


Part I. What is Theatre?

The Power of the Theatre
Plays
Theatres
Audiences
Audience
Actors
Stage Design
Production
Thinking about Theatre

Part II. Theatre-Making

Dramatists and Plays
Actors and Performance
Directors and Production
Scenography : Stages and Audiences
Administrators and Finance
The Public
Suggestions for Further Reading


Index

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