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Art of Theatre : Then and Now (07 - Old Edition)by William Missouri Downs
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This invigorating new introductory text makes timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of Hollywood television and film to help students understand how the living art of theatre relates to, predates, and influences the screen entertainment they are used to watching. From theatre's ritual origins to modern musicals, from the controversies surrounding the NEA to the applicability of acting lessons in everyday life, this book is an important first step toward a deeper awareness of theatre's continuing and contemporary significance. Featuring strong coverage of current events in theatre, the reviewer-praised anecdotal narrative makes this book fun to read and one that students will want to keep long after the course is over. THE ART OF THEATRE is organized into three distinct sections, giving you the flexibility to organize your course your way. Adding to this flexibility is the book's availability in two versions. THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW contains 16 chapters with extensive coverage of the history of theatre. EXPERIENCING THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION features 13 chapters and a briefer treatment of theatre history.
Book News Annotation:
Downs, Wright (both: theater, U. of Wyoming), and Ramsey (playwriting, Ohio U.) provide an introduction to the theater, using comparisons to film and television throughout the book. They discuss theater as art and entertainment, cultural diversity, the audience and criticism, creativity, playwriting, acting, directing, and design. They also provide a concise history from the Greeks to contemporary plays and musicals, including non-Western traditions. There is no bibliography.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
Downs, Wright (both: theater, U. of Wyoming), and Ramsey (playwriting, Ohio U.) provide an introduction to the theater, using comparisons to film and television throughout the book. They discuss theater as art and entertainment, cultural diversity, the audience and criticism, creativity, playwriting, acting, directing, and design. They also provide a concise history from the Greeks to contemporary plays and musicals, including non-Western traditions. There is no bibliography. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW, Second Edition, explores issues of diversity and creativity, presents a full day-in-the-life of theatre, and offers comprehensive coverage of theatre history. The authors make timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of television and film to help students understand how the living art of theatre relates to and influences today's screen entertainment. For flexibility in the way you teach, THE ART OF THEATRE is available in two versions. THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW contains 17 chapters, 7 of which cover theatre history in both Western and non-Western contexts. THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION features 12 chapters and a briefer treatment of theatre's key movements.
About the Author
William Missouri Downs holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from U.C.L.A. He studied playwriting under Lanford Wilson and Milan Stitt at the Circle Rep. in New York and was a member of the Denver Center Playwright's Unit. In addition to writing plays, Bill is the author of books on playwriting and screenwriting and has written teleplays for NBC sitcoms. As director/dramaturge he has staged three original productions that were selected as region VII finalists in the American College Theatre Festival.Lou Anne Wright holds an MFA in Voice, Speech and Dialects from the National Theatre Conservatory. She is a Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. As a voice and dialect coach, she has worked with many professional and regional repertory companies. Lou Anne has won several awards for the plays she was written. She is co-author of the book PLAYWRITING: FROM FORMULA TO FORM published by Thomson Wadsworth. Her screenwriting credits include the film adaptation of Eudora Welty's The Hitch-Hikers, which featured Patty Duke and Richard Hatch (and for which she was nominated for the Directors Guild of America's Lillian Gish award).Erik Ramsey holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied under noted playwright Julie Jensen and director Davey Marlin-Jones. He currently shares duties with playwright Charles Smith running the Ohio University MFA Playwriting Program and he is also Head of the BFA Playwriting Program there. His plays have been workshopped and produced around the country. He is a past winner of the John Cauble Award, which included production at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and a number of his plays have been published by Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing.
Table of Contents
Part I: THEATRE LITERACY. 1. Theatre, Art, and Entertainment. 2. Comparing the Living Stage, the Silver Screen, and Home Theatre. 3. Theatre and Cultural Diversity. 4. The Audience, Criticism, and Free Speech. Part II: THE ARTS WITHIN THE ART. 5. Creativity and the Ensemble. 6. The Playwright and the Script. 7. The Art of Acting. 8. The Art of Directing. 9. The Art of Design. Part III: A CONCISE HISTORY. 10. Non-Western Theatre. 11. The Greeks to the Rise of Christianity. 12. The Dark Ages to the Dawn of the Renaissance. 13. The Renaissance. 14. The Restoration, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism. 15. Modern Theatre. 16. The Musical.
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