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Plays for the Theatre 7TH Editionby Oscar Gros Brockett
Synopses & Reviews
PLAYS FOR THEATRE continues its rich tradition of providing engaging plays for the contemporary stage. The plays provide historical and contemporary drama. PLAYS FOR THEATRE is a great companion to THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE, EIGHTH EDITION, which places selections from plays within historical and cultural context, providing a richer and more rewarding exploration of the people and ideas that have shaped today's theatre.
Plays for the Theatre, Seventh Edition, continues its rich tradition of providing insightful and absorbing plays for the contemporary stage. The goal of this edition has been to select plays that typify a wide range of cultural diversity and dramatic power, including recent plays written by an African American, an Asian American, a Latino, and an American female of Jewish heritage. Plays for the Theatre, edited by Oscar G. Brockett with Robert Ball, is a companion to The Essential Theatre, Seventh Edition, in which selections from Plays are placed within historical and cultural context, providing a richer and more rewarding exploration of the people and ideas that have shaped today's theatre.
About the Author
Oscar G. Brockett enjoys an international reputation as a theatre historian. A Distinguished Scholar honoree of the American Society of Theatre Research, he has received career achievement awards from both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is a recipient of the Robert Lewis Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Research. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, he taught at several major American universities and at the University of Bristol in England. He has also served as President of the American Theatre Association, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, Editor of Theatre Journal, and on the editorial board of the "Asian Theatre Journal." He held the prestigious University of Texas Z.T. Scott Family Chair in Drama and was the Director of the Center for Dramatic and Performance Studies for several years. Dr. Brockett is the author of many articles in leading journals and has written several books, including "History of the Theatre" and "The Essential Theatre." He is currently a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Dean of the Fellows of the American Theatre.Robert J. Ball has ample experience as a successful teacher of Introduction to Theatre and Theatre Appreciation courses at a number of large and small universities, including Trinity University, the University of Texas, and Vanderbilt University. He is also a practicing actor and director with numerous professional credits in American regional theatres, as well as credits for national and international touring productions. Dr. Ball received his Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas and is currently the Chair and Artistic Director of the Theatre Arts program at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Table of Contents
Oedipus Rex / Sophocles — Noah and his sons / Anonymous — Hamlet, Prince of Denmark / William Shakespeare — The servant of two masters / Carlo Goldoni — Tartuffe / Moliáere — A doll's house / Henrik Ibsen — "The hairy ape" / Eugene O'Neill — The good woman of Setzuan / Bertolt Brecht, revised by Eric Bentley — Cat on a hot tin roof / Tennessee Williams — Happy days / Samual Beckett — The colored museum / George C. Wolfe — Roosters / Milcha Sanchez-Scott — Yankee dawg you die / Philip Kan Gotanda — An American daughter / Wendy Wasserstein.
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