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El teatro como sistema

La primera parte del libro se dedica al teatro concebido como sistema. Ello facilita la consideración del texto literario, del drama, tanto en su ser independiente como en su relación con la puesta en escena, y de ésta en su evidente dependencia del primero. Drama y espectáculo son realizaciones con características propias que las hacen objeto de análisis necesariamente diferentes, se integran en series y sistemas distintos, pero también se enlazan dos a dos con condicionamientos latos aunque firmes.  A la vez existe la posibilidad de contemplar el drama como un registro de conservación del espectáculo de carácter apriorístico, lo que obliga a reflexionar sobre el teatro como sistema comunicativo o en relación con otros medios de comunicación. Todo ello conduce a las características de los nuevos públicos, formados en el mundo de la imagen en secuencia, y sobre el modo de hacerlos a la visión del espectáculo teatral. No se trata ya únicamente de formar actores o técnicos, sino de formar a los propios espectadores.

 

 

 

     
       

El gran teatro del mundo

Este Auto sacramental es una pieza crucial para entender el nihilismo Barroco, la sensación de que el mundo es una fantasmagoría que marcó el declive del imperio español. Esta obra destaca por su percepción del mundo como algo alucinante y su extraña religiosidad.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro

En este libro Juan Valera presenta obras de teatro, diálogos, dramas y zarzuela.

 

 

 

     
     

El teatro en el cine español

Este libro se adentra en dos aspectos concretos que son: la historia del cine y el teatro españoles. Este último ha estado presente en las películas de múltiples formas (adaptaciones, actores, técnicas, géneros…), pero también como tema central o secundario de algunas de ellas. La segunda parte de la presente obra, es el resultado de la experiencia docente y recopila los comentarios sobre algunas de las adaptaciones cinematográficas utilizadas en nuestras clases.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Mitos e identidades en el teatro español contemporáneo

En este volumen varios especialistas en la materia, procedentes del campo de la filología hispánica ofrecen un panorama sobre la manera en la que destacados autores dramáticos han recreado en lengua española algunos de estos mitos.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro para caníbales

Lo que Usigli vio como su vocación era ofrecer un teatro nacional, en el cual el público tendría la oportunidad de devorar imágenes de sí mismo en el escenario. El primer capítulo de este libro investiga las características generales de su misión. La mayor parte de los capítulos restantes se concentra en obras individuales en las que se muestran varias facetas de su imagen de México. El capítulo final adopta un enfoque menos detallado para arrojar algo de luz sobre las dimensiones más universales de su producción. El punto de partida fue el disfrute de las obras de Usigli y la curiosidad acerca del México que describen.

 

 

 

     
     

La idea del teatro y otros escritos sobre teatro

Ortega y Gasset fue un apasionado del teatro, al que dedicó numerosas páginas. De esa actividad, discontinua, pero constante desde 1904 a 19135, destaca Idea del teatro, famosa conferencia pronunciada en 1946. Los escritos de Ortega sobre las artes escénicas se editan aquí, por primera vez con criterio temático, y su lectura confirma que configuran un programa sobre el teatro, que hubiera sido muy útil para la teoría teatral de la España del siglo XX, y para la creación escénica. Son hoy aún fecundos y actuales planteamientos.

 

 

 

     
 

   

El teatro de Emilio Carballido : la teatralización de la realidad como enfoque ético

La sorprendente variedad estilística y la personal adaptación de géneros de Emilio Carballido se interpretan como articulación y reflejo de una preocupación ética que denuncia la mutilación de la autenticidad del individuo al que se imponen discursos o miradas ajenas. El análisis muestra cómo los elementos dramáticos establecen una nueva perspectiva sobre la vida de los personajes y sus espectadores. Así, el estilo convencional de las piezas costumbristas se ve contradicho por un metatexto poético que revela la profundidad de las vivencias cotidianas. Por otra parte, los recursos épicos y espectaculares aparecen cuando Carballido trata de expresar la mutilación de grupos sociales o de la nación entera. Finalmente, el entorno ritual de sus obras más antirrealistas permite al espectador adentrarse en cuestiones existenciales acerca de la naturaleza humana. 

 

 

 

     
 

   

El Tema De La Simulaction En El Teatro De Cinco Paises Hispano Americanos Del Siglo XX : The Theme of Imposters in Five Hispanic American/Caribbean Plays of the Twentieth Century

This book investigates the theme of imposters in three Hispanic American plays and two Caribbean plays from the early twentieth century. The author has selected each play from a different country so that the scholarship presents a broader perspective of Hispanic American and Caribbean themes. In these five plays, the main characters fabricate their own identities for various reasons. My focus is on analyzing those imposters and on presenting how the dramatists present these types of imposters in their works. Identity is one of the most prominent themes in Hispanic American and Caribbean literature because the history of these regions involves a long period of European colonization. As a result of this colonization the cultures of these regions imitated European culture for centuries. For this reason the act of constructing a distinct American identity has been a struggle for these writers. The five plays analyze this struggle by depicting main characters that pretend to be someone else and abandon their own identity. I have analyzed the imposters and incorporated findings from various studies that make a connection between the play and Hispanic American and Caribbean history.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro de cámara

Esta antología comprende algunas de las principales obras de Teatro de cámara de Agustín Moreto.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro breve de la Edad Media y del Siglo de Oro

Se trata de una antología de breves piezas teatrales españolas de la Edad Media y del Siglo de Oro, que incluye un profuso aparato de notas, la ortografía modernizada, una introducción, un glosario de nombres, actividades diversas, un comentario de texto y un cuaderno-guía del profesorado con una bibliografía más amplia y especializada, textos complementarios y un solucionario.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Resistencia y sumisión en el teatro norteamericano del s. XX : a literary analysis of 20th century American drama

A unique and original viewpoint of how the dream of success is still a vital part of the American mentality and how this is clearly reflected in its drama. The American struggle against repression and exploitation, the rebellion and civil rights victories against all odds are hallmarks of American life and drama.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro de palabras : didascalias en la escena española del siglo XVI


 

 

 

 

     
 

   

Risas y sonrisas en el teatro de los siglos XVIII y XIX

 

 

 

 

     
     

Teatro y fascismo en España : el itinerario de Felipe Lluch

Estudio completo de Felipe Lluch, pionero de la dirección escénica en España, que supone también un análisis sociocultural del tránsito de la España republicana a la fascista y del papel de los intelectuales en el proceso.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro vasco: historia, reseñas y entrevistas, antología bilingüe, catálogo e ilustraciones

El autor nos muestra una historia del teatro vasco, las reseñas más relevantes encontradas en la prensa desde finales del s. XIX, una selección de textos de teatro; un catálogo bastante completo de las obras creadas en euskara, una lista de piezas teatrales traducidas, así como una bibliografía y unas ilustraciones básicas para dar una idea de las imágenes y los textos que se han producido a través de la historia literaria dramática y del espectáculo en el País Vasco.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Cien años de teatro argentino : desde 1910 a nuestros días

Este libro brinda un conjunto de observaciones y herramientas para leer la fecunda historia del teatro argentino entre aproximadamente 1910 y 2010. Parte de la idea de que no hay un teatro argentino sino teatro(s) argentino(s), según el fenómeno que se focalice geográficamente. Por la naturaleza de su acontecer, el teatro no se deja desterritorializar a través de la mediación tecnológica y exige la presencia de los cuerpos de quienes lo hacen: actores, técnicos, espectadores. Jorge Dubatti organiza siete períodos en los que el lector puede observar la coexistencia de diversas formas de producir y concebir el teatro (comercial, profesional de arte, oficial, independiente, filodramática, de variedades, etc.), es decir, el 'espesor' inabarcable de la historia teatral, así como los procesos que asumen ciertas tendencias, constantes y cambios teatrales que se van reformulando y que trascienden los límites de las unidades de periodización.

Otro aspecto que se aborda es el del  desarrollo de un campo teatral que se mide por un conjunto concertado de factores: el teatro propio que gesta y estrena, el teatro argentino y extranjero que recibe, el comportamiento de su público, el funcionamiento de su crítica, el grado de institucionalización de la actividad (a través de asociaciones, gremios, organismos, leyes, etc.), el desarrollo de su pedagogía, la infraestructura de salas y equipamiento, y también, no menos centralmente, la investigación que produce.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro militante : radicalización artística y política en los años 70

Obra que intenta reconstruir tramos olvidados del campo cultural argentino. Con una perspectiva más ampliamente histórica que las obras tradicionales de historia del teatro, y con admirable soltura, Verzero se mueve entre relatos, documentos, bibliografía histórica y teórica, para delinear los trazos borroneados de un período de gran ebullición artística y militante. La autora inicia ese camino claramente movilizada por la pasión y curiosidad necesaria para reunir un conjunto de pequeños restos documentales y testimoniales con el fin de rearmar algunos itinerarios poco conocidos de la historia teatral argentina.

 

 

 

     
     

Teatro y estética comunitaria : miradas desde la filosofía y la política

Este libro hace un recorrido histórico sobre el teatro comunitario y sus progresivos cambios desde 1983 a la actualidad. El libro se divide en tres partes (Teatro y supervivencia, Resistir desde el presente, recordar para el futuro y Estética, utopía y derechos humanos) que permiten visualizar el fenómeno del teatro comunitario desde el punto de vista histórico, político y filosófico.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Espacios urbanos en el teatro español de los siglos XX y XXI

El volumen editado por Cerstin Bauer-Funke sobre Espacios urbanos en el teatro español de los siglos XX y XXI abarca una vasta aproximación a la creación dramática en torno a los espacios urbanos y sus formas más diversas. Lo urbano debe entenderse como configuración de una red de espacios y seres que lo habitan, y como acicate de formas comunicativas definidas como urbanas, definición que en su conjunto corresponde a una categoría cultural y estética central que permite enfocar el drama y teatro españoles de los siglos XX y XXI de una manera radicalmente innovadora. El libro contiene 26 contribuciones de destacados especialistas del teatro español leídas durante el coloquio internacional Espacios urbanos en el teatro español de los siglos XX y XXI, celebrado en junio de 2014 en la Universidad de Münster. Como broche de oro, los dramaturgos Jesús Campos García, Carmen Resino, José Manuel Corredoira Viñuela y Diana de Paco Serrano han escrito para el presente libro cada uno de ellos una pieza teatral consagrada al tema del coloquio celebrado en Münster.

 

 

 

     
     

El telon de la memoria : la Guerra Civil y el franquismo en el teatro español actual

Desde el comienzo del nuevo milenio, el boom de la memoria ha asaltado a la sociedad española. En la transición y en los primeros años de la democracia, la política del consenso y de la reconciliación –que trajo como consecuencia el famoso ‘pacto de silencio'– impidió en gran parte una discusión crítica en la opinión pública, tanto de la Guerra Civil como del franquismo. Sin embargo, la literatura y la cultura nunca tabuizaron el tema del pasado nacional reciente. El teatro también ha contribuido a este ‘pacto de memoria' de la cultura, aportando más de 70 obras sobre el pasado bélico y dictatorial que serán el objeto del presente estudio. En este trabajo se combinan cuestiones y enfoques procedentes de los estudios literarios, de la teoría de los géneros literarios y la de las memorias. La primera parte lleva a cabo una perfilación teórico-terminológica de lo que denominamos el teatro de la memoria. En la segunda parte no sólo se ofrece una presentación panorámica de su evolución a partir de 1975 sino también el análisis y la interpretación de ocho obras representativas.

 

 

 

     
 

   

La Piedra de Rosetta del teatro comercial europeo : el Teatro Cervantes de Alcalá de Henares

Narra los avatares de uno de los espacios clave de la historia del teatro comercial español, el Cervantes de Alcalá de Henares, cuyos primeros cimientos se remontan a las últimas décadas del siglo XVI y que, tras su restauración en la década de 1990, aún sigue en funcionamiento.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Teatro! : Hispanic Plays for Young People

Consists of fourteen scripts for classroom use based upon Hispanic culture and traditions of the American Southwest.

 

 

 

     
       

Choreography Observed

In Choreography Observed, Jack Anderson has selected writings that focus most directly on choreographers and choreography in order to illuminate the delights and problems of dance and to reveal the nature of this nonverbal but intensely expressive art form. His essays and reviews deal with individual choreographers from Bournonville, Petipa, and Fokine to Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Meredith Monk, and Pina Bausch; individual works are also discussed in detail, such as Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun,Antony Tudor's Pillar of Fire, Alvin Ailey's Flowers, and Kei Takei's Light. Other pieces focus on the Baroque dance revival, contemporary multimedia dance theatre, choreography for men, the complex relationship between ballet and modern dance, and how—and how not—to revive the classics...

 

 

 

   

 

     

American Theater of the 1960s

In this book you can find the history of United States theater, the experimental theater of the 20th century, the American drama, history and criticism.

 

 

 

   

 

     

 Approaching Theatre

The present volume attempts to provide an overview of some of the most promising recent work in this area. Its assumption is that so complex a phenomenon as theatre is best approached from a variety of directions, differing methodologies offering insights that will both complement and supplement each other. This is therefore a multinational and multidisciplinary endeavor, assembled by some of Europe's leading theatre scholars, and offering a general introduction to theatre study by combining recent insights from a variety of methodologies. It has a general orientation toward semiotic analysis, but complementary approaches__historical, sociological, and anthropological, for example__are utilized as well. The central concern is with analysis of the theatrical event as constructed on the stage and in the auditorium, with attention to the contributing elements of this event__the text, the actor, the space, the spectator, the social circumstances, and so on.

 

 

 

   

 

       

 Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater

The history of drama is typically viewed as a series of inert'styles.'Tracing British and American stage drama from the 1880s onward, W. B. Worthen instead sees drama as the interplay of text, stage production, and audience. How are audiences manipulated? What makes drama meaningful? Worthen identifies three rhetorical strategies that distinguish an O'Neill play from a Yeats, or these two from a Brecht. Where realistic theater relies on the'natural'qualities of the stage scene, poetic theater uses the poet's word, the text, to control performance. Modern political theater, by contrast, openly places the audience at the center of its rhetorical designs, and the drama of the postwar period is shown to develop a range of post-Brechtian practices that make the audience the subject of the play.Worthen's book deserves the attention of any literary critic or serious theatergoer interested in the relationship between modern drama and the spectator.

 

 

 

   

 

     

Performing Processes : Creating Live Performance

Live performance continues to be created every time it is performed. This book explores the dynamic relationship between creative process, presentation and spectator response to provide students and scholars in Drama with new insights on performance from poetry to pantomime. These essays make parallels between areas of performance that are rarely, if ever, compared. They present the basis for an overall theory of how 'conception', 'development', 'presentation'and'reception' are fused together to make up the overall' performance'. This study investigates the relationship between the process of creating performance and spectator response, and how this exchange is embedded into the product itself. The authors draw on theoretical approaches from a range of sources, and examine the work of contemporary dramatists, choreographers, poets and performers. Its construction of a new, wide-ranging approach to performance research makes this book a valuable resource for the student as well as the broader academic community. It has application both as a textbook and for supplementary research on drama courses nationwide.

 

 

 

     
     

 Theatre and Everyday Life

Alan Read asserts that there is no split between the practice and theory of theatre, but a divide between the written and the unwritten. In this revealing book, he sets out to retrieve the theatre of spontaneity and tactics, which grows out of the experience of everyday life. It is a theatre which defines itself in terms of people and places rather than the idealised empty space of avant garde performance. Read examines the relationship between an ethics of performance, a politics of place and a poetics of the urban environment. His book is a persuasive demand for a critical theory of theatre which is as mentally supple as theatre is physically versatile.

 

 

 

   

 

     

 Drama/Theatre/Performance

What is implied when we refer to the study of performing arts as'drama','theatre'or'performance'? Each term identifies a different tradition of thought and offers different possibilities to the student or practitioner. This book examines the history and use of the terms and investigates the different philosophies, politics, languages and institutions with which they are associated. Simon Shepherd and Mick Wallis: analyze attitudes to drama, theatre and performance at different historical junctures trace a range of political interventions into the field(s) explore and contextualise the institutionalisation of drama and theatre as university subjects, then the emergence of'performance'as practice, theory and academic disciplines guide readers through major approaches to drama, theatre and performance, from theatre history, through theories of ritual or play, to the idea of performance as paradigm for a postmodern age discuss crucial terms such as action, alienation, catharsis, character, empathy, interculturalism, mimesis, presence or representation in a substantial'keywords'section. Continually linking their analysis to wider cultural concerns, the authors here offer the most wide-ranging and authoritative guide available to a vibrant, fast-moving field and vigorous debates about its nature, purpose and place in the academy.

 

 

 

     
       

 The Theater of Transformation

This book includes the postmodern condition of drama, the aspects of transformation in postmodern drama, the mediatized culture and the postmodern self, the transformation and postmodern feminism and the “Rep & Rev” postmodernism.

 

 

 

     
       

Teatro Chicana : A Collective Memoir and Selected Plays

This volume is in fact two documents: It comprises a collective retrospective memoir, embracing the historias/lives of seventeen women who created a performance collective as they formed their own lives and organized to struggle for a new society. It is also a collection of performances (actos/plays) from that era of civil rights. The two parts of the book shed light on one another. Each individual woman’s voice is preserved, and they all weave into one another to create a Movimiento women’s tapestry. The collective was in constant change, and so was its name.

 

 

 

     
       

New Deal Theater : The Vernacular Tradition in American Political Theater

New Deal Theater recovers a much ignored model of political theater for cultural criticism.While considered to be less radical in its aesthetics and politics than its celebrated Weimar and Soviet cousins, it nonetheless proved to be highly effective in asserting cultural critique. In this regard it offers a vital alternative to the dominant modernist paradigm developed in Europe. Rather than radicalizing content and form, New Deal theater insisted that the political had to be made commensurable with the language of a mass audience steeped in consumer culture.The resulting vernacular praxis emphasized empathy over alienation, verisimilitude over abstraction. By examining the cultural vectors that shaped this theater, Saal shows why it was more successful on the American stage than its European counterpart and develops a theory of vernacular political theater which can help us think of the political in art in other than modernist terms.

 

 

 

     
        Making Theatre : From Text to Performance

The reality of a play is in its performance. Making Theatre focuses on the processes by which performance is realized, analyzing three major areas:'Words'and the interpretation of text;'Vision'including scenery, costume and lighting; and'Music'which illustrates the importance of music in all stage action.The forms of theater covered include straight drama, the musical and opera. Taking productions well-known on both sides of the Atlantic, Peter Mudford examines plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pirandello, Beckett, Pinter, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and David Mamet; musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim; and operas by Verdi, Wagner and Berg.This account of what makes theater important and how it works will be invaluable to teachers and students of drama and performance, as well as all those interested in theater as art.

 

 

 

     
       

Theatre Histories : An Introduction

This new edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods and interpretive approaches used by today's theatre historians. Completely revised and renewed in color, enhancements and new material include: a full-color text design with added timelines to each opening section a wealth of new color illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances described new case studies on African, Asian, and Western subjects a new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductions fuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossary a re-designed support website offering links to new audio-visual resources, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, discussion questions relating to case studies and an online glossary.

 

 

 

     
     

Drama : Between Poetry and Performance

An engaging book spanning the fields of drama, literary criticism, genre, and performance studies, Drama: Between Poetry and Performance teaches students how to read drama by exploring the threshold between text and performance. Draws on examples from major playwrights including Shakespeare, Ibsen, Beckett, and Parks Explores the critical terms and controversies that animate the performance and study of drama, such as the status of language, the function of character and plot, and uses of writing Engages in a theoretical, disciplinary, and cultural repositioning of drama, by exploring and contesting its position at the threshold between text and performance.

 

 

 

     
       

Technical Design Solutions for Theatre : The Technical Brief Collection Volume 2

The Technical Brief is a collection of single-focus articles on technical production solutions, published three times a year by the prestigious Yale School of Drama. The primary objective of the publication is to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theatre technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new challenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, electrics, sound and costumes. The articles each describe an approach, device, or technique that has been tested on stage or in a shop by students and professionals. Some articles included are: Building Authentic Elizabethan Ruffs; Simple and Inexpensive Stained Glass; A Quick-Load Floor Pulley Design; A Simple Approach to Stretching Drops; Flexi-Pitch Escape Stairs; Spot-Welding Scrim with Sobo; Handrail Armatures for a Grand Staircase; The Triscuit-Studwall Deck System; A Frameless Turntable; Stand on Stage: Minimum Weight, Maximum Effect; A Self-Paging Cable Tray; Roller Chain Turntable Drives; A Bench-Built XLR Cable Tester

 

 

 

     
         

A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology : The Secret Art of the Performer

It’s a study of transcultural acting techniques and performance theory that includes essays with extensive illustration through photographs, diagrams and paintings. This book is  essential for every drama and theatre studies student

 

 

 

     
       

Theatre History Studies 2011, Vol. 31

Theatre History Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of theatre history and scholarship published annually since 1981 by the Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC), a regional body devoted to theatre scholarship and practice. The conference encompasses the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The purpose of the conference is to unite persons and organizations within the region with an interest in theatre and to promote the growth and development of all forms of theatre. THS is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and is included in the MLA Directory of Periodicals. THS is indexed in Humanities Index, Humanities Abstracts, Book Review Index, MLA International Bibliography, International Bibliography of Theatre, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, IBZ International Bibliography of Periodical Literature, and IBR International Bibliography of Book Reviews. Full texts of essays appear in the databases of both Humanities Abstracts Full Text as well as SIRS From published reviews “This established annual is a major contribution to the scholarly analysis and historical documentation of international drama. Refereed, immaculately printed and illustrated.... The subject coverage ranges from the London season of 1883 to the influence of David Belasco on Eugene O'Neill.”—CHOICE “International in scope but with an emphasis on American, British, and Continental theater, this fine academic journal includes seven to nine scholarly articles dealing with everything from Filipino theater during the Japanese occupation to numerous articles on Shakespearean production to American children's theater.... an excellent addition for academic, university, and large public libraries.”—Magazines for Libraries, 6th Edition.

 

 

 

     
       

An Introduction to Theatre Design

This introduction to theatre design explains the theories, strategies, and tools of practical design work for the undergraduate student. Through its numerous illustrated case studies and analysis of key terms, students will build an understanding of the design process and be able to: identify the fundamentals of theatre design and scenography recognize the role of individual design areas such as scenery, costume, lighting and sound develop both conceptual and analytical thinking Communicate their own understanding of complex design work trace the traditions of stage design, from Sebastiano Serlio to Julie Taymor. Demonstrating the dynamics of good design through the work of influential designers, Stephen Di Benedetto also looks in depth at script analysis, stylistic considerations and the importance of collaboration to the designer's craft. This is an essential guide for students and teachers of theatre design. Readers will form not only a strong ability to explain and understand the process of design, but also the basic skills required to conceive and realise designs of their own.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Applied Theatre : Bewilderment and Beyond

Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond explores the practice of theatre in communities and social institutions with marginalised groups. It shifts between contexts and countries to examine different ways that theatre has been applied to a wide range of social issues. Theatre projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom are analysed to argue for a complex and questioning view of the practice. Initiatives in prisons, developing countries, war situations and participatory research projects become the sites to interrogate the claims that applied theatre can be a theatre for social change. Many practitioners and researchers have witnessed powerful applied theatre projects but nonetheless struggled to articulate the reasons for the projects'success. This book uses the questions inspired by that perplexity to create a case for applied theatre as a major area of contemporary theatre practice.

 

 

 

     
     

Plays : And How to Produce Them

Plays...And How to Produce Them provides a basic introduction for all individuals and groups wishing to undertake the production of a play. It is aimed at the amateur enthusiast and anyone intending to pursue their interest further and undertake professional training. The author, who has over 30 years of experience in drama, takes the reader through the production of a play step by step, from setting up a drama group to the first night and entire run. The book can be read straight through or consulted as a handy reference work.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Theatre of the Real

This book proposes a new way to consider theatre and performance that claims a special relationship to reality, truth and authenticity. It documents innovations in devising and staging theatre and performance that takes reality as its subject, cultural shifts that have generated theatre of the real, some of its problems and some possibilities.

 

 

 

     
       

Quantum Theatre : Science and Contemporary Performance

Quantum Theatre uses the science of quantum mechanics to construct a rigorous framework for examining performance practice and the theatrical event, and live performance as a means of exploring the implications of quantum mechanics. Key ideas from physics are used to develop an interdisciplinary approach to writing about the work of a number of British theatre practitioners in terms of identity, observation and play. What this type of analysis does is enable an examination of aspects of performance that can remain hidden and so cast new light on the performance event.This is the first study of its kind that develops such a framework for analysis of contemporary performance, and provides a coherent alternative to postmodernism as a theoretical framework for writing about performance. As such, this book develops a methodology that can be applied to a wide range of performance practices. Furthermore, it presents an analysis of the work of a number of contemporary performance makers, including Vincent Dance Theatre and Triangle Theatre.

 

 

 

     
     

Theatre Studies: The Basics

Is a fully updated guide to the wonderful world of theatre. The practical and theoretical dimensions of theatre – from acting to audience – are woven together throughout to provide an integrated introduction to the study of drama, theatre and performance. Topics covered include: dramatic genres, from tragedy to political documentary theories of performance the history of the theatre in the West acting, directing and scenography With a glossary, chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading throughout, Theatre Studies: the Basics remains the ideal starting point for anyone new to the subject.

 

 

 

     
     

Theatre-Making : Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21st Century

Theatre-Making explores modes of authorship in contemporary theatre seeking to transcend the heritage of binaries from the Twentieth century such as text-based vs. devised theatre, East vs. West, theatre vs. performance - with reference to genealogies though which these categories have been constructed in the English-speaking world.

 

 

 

     
     

Popular Theatre : A Sourcebook

Bertolt Brecht turned to cabaret; Ariane Mnouchkine went to the circus; Joan Littlewood wanted to open a palace of fun. These were a few of the directors who turned to popular theatre forms in the last century, and this sourcebook accounts for their attraction.Popular theatre forms introduced in this sourcebook include cabaret, circus, puppetry, vaudeville, Indian jatra, political satire, and physical comedy. These entertainments are highly visual, itinerant, and readily understood by audiences. Popular Theatre: A Sourcebook follows them around the world, from the bunraku puppetry of Japan to the masked topeng theatre of Bali to South African political satire, the San Francisco Mime Troupe's comic melodramas, and a'Fun Palace'proposed for London.The book features essays from the archives of The Drama Review and other research. Contributions by Roland Barthes, Hovey Burgess, Marvin Carlson, John Emigh, Dario Fo, Ron Jenkins, Joan Littlewood, Brooks McNamara, Richard Schechner, and others, offer some of the most important, informative, and lively writing available on popular theatre. Introducing both Western and non-Western popular theatre practices, the sourcebook provides access to theatrical forms which have delighted audiences and attracted stage artists around the world.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Shakespeare Monologues for Men

Full of fresh speeches from Shakespeare's plays, this is the ideal guide for actors of all ages and experience. As an actor at any level you are likely to be called upon to perform a speech from Shakespeare. A great deal will depend on your coming up with something fresh that is suited both to your particular performing skills and to the purposes of the audition. This is where this volume of The Good Audition Guides comes in.Drawing on his extensive experience as a theatre director and in drama training, Luke Dixon has chosen fifty monologues for male actors from across the whole of Shakespeare's canon. Featured here are some of the very best-loved works (such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V and Hamlet) alongside many less well-known (and often more intriguing) speeches from plays like Love's Labour's Lost, King John and Titus Andronicus. Each monologue is prefaced with a neat summary of the vital information you need to place the piece in context and to perform it to maximum effect and in your own unique way. The volume also features a user-friendly introduction on the whole process of selecting your speech, tackling Shakespeare's language and approaching the audition itself.‘Sound practical advice for anyone attending an audition'Teaching Drama Magazine on The Good Audition Guides.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Theatre and Adaptation : Return, Rewrite, Repeat

Contemporary theatrical productions as diverse in form as experimental performance, new writing, West End drama, musicals and live art demonstrate a recurring fascination with adapting existing works by other artists, writers, filmmakers and stage practitioners. Featuring seventeen interviews with internationally-renowned theatre and performance artists, Theatre and Adaptation provides an exceptionally rich study of the variety of work developed in recent years. First-hand accounts illuminate a diverse range of approaches to stage adaptation, ranging from playwriting to directing, Javanese puppetry to British children's theatre, and feminist performance to Japanese Noh. The transition of an existing source to the stage is not a smooth one: this collection examines the practices and the complex set of negotiations each work of transition and appropriation involves. Including interviews with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Handspring Puppet Company, Katie Mitchell, Rimini Protokoll, Elevator Repair Service, Simon Stephens, Ong Keng Sen and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the volume reveals performance's enduring desire to return, rewrite and repeat.

 

 

 

     
 

   

The Languages of Theatre : Problems in the Translation and Transposition of Drama

This book focuses on the various problems in the verbal and nonverbal translation and tranposition of drama from one language and cultural background into another and from the text on to the stage. It covers a range of previously unpublished essays specifically written on translation problems unique to drama, by playwrights and literary translators as well as theorists, scholars and teachers of drama and translation studies.

 

 

 

     
 

 

   

 Applied Theatre: Development

At once both guide book and provocation, this is an indispensable companion for students and practitioners of applied theatre. It addresses all key aspects: principles, origins, politics and aesthetics in a concise and accessible style designed to appeal both to those who have recently discovered this sub-discipline and to experienced practitioners and academics.Part 1 is divided into two chapters. The first introduces the sub-discipline of Theatre for Development, covering its origins, principles and history, and providing an overview of theatre for development in Western contexts as well as in Africa, Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Latin America. The second focuses upon theoretical and philosophical issues confronting the discipline and its relationship to contemporary politics, as well as considering its future role.Part 2 consists of seven chapters contributed by leading figures and current practitioners from around the world and covering a diverse range of themes, methodologies and aesthetic approaches. One chapter offers a series of case studies concerned with sexual health education and HIV prevention, drawn from practitioners working in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Southern Africa, and China. Other chapters include studies of intercultural theatre in the Peruvian Amazon; a programme of applied theatre conducted in schools in Canterbury, New Zealand, following the 2010 earthquake; an attempt to reinvigorate a community theatre group in South Brazil; and an exchange between a Guatemalan arts collective and a Dutch youth theatre company, besides others.

 

 

 

     
 

 

   

Disabled Theater

Jérôme Bel's Disabled Theater, a dance piece featuring eleven actors with cognitive disabilities from Zurich's Theater Hora, has polarized audiences worldwide. Some have celebrated the performance as an outstanding exploration of presence and representation; others have criticized it as a contemporary freak show. This impassioned reception provokes important questions about the role of people with cognitive disabilities within theater and dance—and within society writ large. Using Disabled Theater as the basis for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion of performance and disability, this volume explores the intersections of politics and aesthetics, inclusion and exclusion, and identity and empowerment. Can the stage serve as a place of emancipation for people with disabilities? To what extent are performers with disabilities able to challenge and subvert the rules of society? What would a performance look like without an ideology of ability? The book includes contributions by Jérôme Bel, Kai van Eikels, Kati Kroß, André Lepecki, Lars Nowak, Yvonne Rainer, Gerald Siegmund, Yvonne Schmidt, Sandra Umathum, Scott Wallin, Benjamin Wihstutz, and the actors of Theater Hora.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Theatre As Human Action : An Introduction to Theatre Arts

Most introductory theatre textbooks are written for theatre majors and assume the student already has a considerable amount of knowledge on the subject. However, such textbooks may be counterproductive, because they reference several works that may be unfamiliar to students with limited exposure to theatre. Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts, Second Edition is designed for the college student who may be unacquainted with many plays and has seen a limited number of theatre productions. Focusing primarily on four plays, this textbook aims to inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in the art form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare the student to be a more informed and critical theatregoer.In addition to looking at both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts—from the nature of theatre and drama to how it reflects society—the author also explains the processes that playwrights, actors, designers, directors, producers, and critics go through. The four plays central to this book are the tragedy Macbeth, the landmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, the contemporary rock musical Rent, and—new to this edition—the American comedy classic You Can't Take It with You. At the beginning of the text, each play is described with plot synopses (and suggested video versions), and then these four representative works are referred to throughout the book.This second edition also features revised chapters throughout, including expanded and updated material on the technical aspects of theatre, the role of the audience and critic,and the diversity of theatre today. Structured into nine chapters, each looking at a major area or artist—and concluding with the audience and the students themselves—the unique approach of Theatre as Human Action thoroughly addresses all of the major topics to be found in an introduction to theatre text.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Theatre, Performance and Cognition introduces readers to the key debates, areas of research, and applications of the cognitive sciences to the humanities, and to theatre and performance in particular. It features the most exciting work being done at the intersection of theatre and cognitive science, containing both selected scientific studies that have been influential in the field, each introduced and contextualised by the editors, together with related scholarship from the field of theatre and performance that demonstrates some of the applications of the cognitive sciences to actor training, the rehearsal room and the realm of performance more generally. The three sections consider the principal areas of research and application in this interdisciplinary field, starting with a focus on language and meaning-making in which Shakespeare's work and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia are considered. In the second part which focuses on the body, chapters consider applications for actor and dance training, while the third part focuses on dynamic ecologies, of which the body is a part.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Theatre Histories : An Introduction

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers a critical overview of global theatre and drama, spanning a broad wealth of world cultures and periods. Bringing together a group of scholars from a diverse range of backgrounds to add fresh perspectives on the history of global theatre, the book illustrates historiographical theories with case studies demonstrating various methods and interpretive approaches. Subtly restructured sections place the chapters within new thematic contexts to offer a clear overview of each period, while a revised chapter structure offers accessibility for students and instructors. Further new features and key updates to this third edition include: A dedicated chapter on historiography New, up to date, case studies Enhanced and reworked historical, cultural and political timelines, helping students to place each chapter within the historical context of the section Pronunciation guidance, both in the text and as an online audio guide, to aid the reader in accessing and internalizing unfamiliar terminology A new and updated companion website with further insights, activities and resources to enable students to further their knowledge and understanding of the theatre.

 

 

 

     
 

   

In Defence of Theatre : Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions

Why theatre now? Reflecting on the mix of challenges and opportunities that face theatre in communities that are necessarily becoming global in scope and technologically driven, In Defence of Theatre offers a range of passionate reflections on this important question.Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman bring together nineteen playwrights, actors, directors, scholars, and educators who discuss the role that theatre can – and must – play in professional, community, and educational venues. Stepping back from their daily work, they offer scholarly research, artists'reflections, interviews, and creative texts that argue for theatre as a response to the political and cultural challenges emerging in the twenty-first century. Contributors address theatre's contribution to local and global politics of place, its power as an antidote to various modern social ailments, and its pursuit of equality. Of equal concern are the systematic and practical challenges that confront those involved in realizing theatre's full potential.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Nikolai Demidov

At the time of his death, Stanislavsky considered Nikolai Demidov to be ‘his only student, who understands the System'. Demidov's incredibly forward-thinking processes not only continued his teacher's pioneering work, but also solved the problems of an actor's creativity that Stanislavsky never conquered. This book brings together Demidov's five volumes on actor training. Supplementary materials, including transcriptions of Demidov's classes, and notes and correspondence from the author make this the definitive collection on one of Russian theatre's most important figures.

 

 

 

     
     

International Theatre Olympics : The Artistic and Intercultural Power of Olympism

This pivot examines how the Theatre Olympics, born in 1995, have served to enrich each host country's culture, community, and foreign relations. Looking at the host country's political, social, and cultural circumstances, it considers how the festival expands the notion of Olympism beyond its application to the Olympic Games, expressing the spirit of Olympism and interculturalism in each country's distinct cultural language. It also emphasizes the festival's development over the twenty years of its existence and how each festival's staging has reflected the national identity, theatre tradition, and cultural interest of the hosting country at that time, as well as how each festival director's artistic principle has attempted to accomplish cultural exchange through their productions.

 

 

 

     
     

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The American Shakespeare Center

The original Blackfriars closed its doors in the 1640s, ending over half-a-century of performances by men and boys. In 2001, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it opened once again. The reconstructed Blackfriars, home to the American Shakespeare Center, represents an old playhouse for the new millennium and therefore symbolically registers the permanent revolution in the performance of Shakespeare. Time and again, the industry refreshes its practices by rediscovering its own history. This book assesses how one American company has capitalised on history and in so doing has forged one of its own to become a major influence in contemporary Shakespearean theatre.

 

 

 

     
     

Research-based Theatre: An Artistic Methodology

Research-based Theatre aims to present research in a way that is compelling and captivating, connecting with viewers on imaginative and intellectual levels at the same time. The editors bring together scholars and practitioners of research-based theatre to construct a theoretical analysis of the field and offer critical reflections on how the methodology can now be applied. It shares twelve examples of contemporary research-based theatre scripts and commentaries from an international group of artists and researchers, selected with an eye toward representing different approaches that come from a variety of Disciplinary areas.

 

 

 

     
       

History of the Theatre: Pearson New International Edition

Known as the 'bible' of theatre history, Brockett and Hildy's History of the Theatre is the most comprehensive and widely used survey of theatre history in the market. This 40th Anniversary Edition retains all of the traditional features that have made History of the Theatre the most successful text of its kind including worldwide coverage, more than 530 photos and illustrations, useful maps, and the expertise of Oscar G. Brockett and Franklin J. Hildy, two of the most widely respected theatre historians in the field. This tenth edition provides the most thorough and accurate assessment of theatre history available and includes contemporary milestones in theatre history.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Theatre : Its Art and Craft

Successful theatre relies on a complex interaction of all theatrical elements: script, direction, acting, and design interact in shifting configurations to offer a new work of art at every performance. Examining these relationships often enriches the theatrical experience. Theatre: Its Art and Craft is an introductory theatre text that focuses on the practitioners and their processes. Using an accessible tone and a focused exploration of how theatre artists work, the book covers every aspect of this art form: from writing, directing, and acting to the designing of sets and costumes, as well as the use of props, lights, sound, and new technology. This book also examines the varying roles of scholars, critics, and dramaturgs. This seventh edition has been thoroughly revised and features new statistics, new photos, and updated references. New sidebars have been added throughout, including one on cultural appropriation, another on lighting technology, and more and better discussions of what carpenters, technical directors, stage managers, and theatre artists do. Accessible to students who have little or no theatrical background, this book helps readers understand how theatre happens by explaining who makes it happen and what they do. Reflecting a commitment to explore how all theatre practitioners work, Theatre: Its Art and Craft is a useful text for beginning theatre majors, minors, and non-majors alike.

 

 

 

     
     

Essential Dramaturgy : The Mindset and Skillset

Essential Dramaturgy: The Mindset and Skillset provides a concrete way to approach the work of a dramaturg. It explores ways to refine the process of defining, evaluating, and communicating that is essential to effective dramaturgical work. It then looks at how this outlook enhances the practical skills of production and new play dramaturgy. The book explains what a dramaturg does, what the role can be, and how best to refine and teach the skillset and mindset.

 

 

 

     
     

World Theatre : The Basics

World Theatre: The Basics presents a well-rounded introduction to non-Western theatre, exploring the history and current practice of theatrical traditions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the non-English-speaking cultures of the Americas. Featuring a selection of case studies and examples from each region, it helps the reader to understand the key issues surrounding world theatre scholarship and global, postcolonial, and transnational performance practices. An essential read for anyone seeking to learn more about world theatre. World Theatre: The Basics provides a clear, accessible roadmap for approaching non-Western theatre.

 

 

 

     
       

The History of Theatre

This bold undertaking covers Western theatre from ancient Greece to the present day. It traces the development of dramatic art through the miracle plays, the great Shakespearean period, Molière and Racine in France, Goethe in Germany, through the nineteenth century and the main movements in the twentieth century. It is illustrated by numerous examples of differing styles, with some historical recordings as well and excerpts from nearly fifty plays – a fascinating journey. It is written by David Timson, the British actor and director who features extensively on Naxos AudioBooks in both roles.

 

 

 

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