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Stages of Drama: Classical to Contemporary Theater

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With a distinctive emphasis on performance and a comprehensive selection of classic and contemporary plays — Stages of Drama truly engages students by presenting plays not only as texts on the page, but also as works that come to life on the stage.

About the Author

CARL H. KLAUS, professor emeritus of English at the University of Iowa, is founder and former director of Iowa's nonfiction writing program. He is coauthor or coeditor of several college textbooks, most recently Fields of Reading, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), and Modern and Contemporary Drama (St. Martin's Press, 1994). He is also author of Weathering Winter: A Gardener's Daybook (1997) and My Vegetable Love: A Journal of a Growing Season.

MIRIAM GILBERT is professor of English at the University of Iowa. She is coauthor of Modern and Contemporary Drama (St. Martin's Press, 1994), and author of Shakespeare in Performance: Love's Labour's Lost (1993). She has written and taught widely on using performance strategies in the classroom.

BRADFORD S. FIELD JR. is professor of English at Wayne State University. He is coauthor of Modern and Contemporary Drama (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

Table of Contents

READING AND WITNESSING A PLAY

  Susan Glaspell, Trifles

    

CLASSICAL THEATER

  Aeschylus, Agamemnon

    Translated by Louis MacNeice

    Photographs of the Guthrie Theater Production, 1967-68

    Photographs of the National Theater Production of The Oresteia, 1981

    Review of the Guthrie Theater Production, 1967, by Roderick Nordell

    Peter Hall on Directing The Oresteia, 1981

  Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

    Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald

    Photographs of the Guthrie Theater Production, 1972

    Review of the Guthrie Theater Production, 1972, by Melvin Maddocks

    Anthony Burgess, Michael Langham, and Stanley Silverman, 1972, on Planning The Guthrie Theater Production

  Euripides, The Bacchae

    Translated by Kenneth Cavander

    Photographs of the Yale Repertory Theatre Production, 1969

    Photographs of the American Repertory Theatre Production, 1998

    Review of the Yale Repertory Theatre Production, 1969, by Jack Kroll

    Review of the American Repertory Theatre Production, 1998, by Scott Cummings

    Interview with Alvin Epstein on Acting in Two Productions of The Bacchae, 2002, by Emily Goodall

  Aristohphanes, Lysistrata

    Translated by Whitney Oates and Charles T. Murphy

    Photographs of the Peter Hall Company Production, 1993

    Review of the Peter Hall Company Production, 1993, by Michael Coveney

  Plautus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Wedding

    Translated by Richard C. Beacham

    Photographs of the J. Paul Getty Museum Production, 1994

    Review of the J. Paul Getty Museum Production, 1994, by Don Shirley

    

MEDIEVAL THEATER

  The Wakefield Master, The Second Shepherds' Play

    Modernized and Edited by Anthony Caputi

    Photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1978

    Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1978, by Ann Fitzgerald

  Anonymous, Everyman

    Modernized by Kate Franks

    Photographs of the University of Chicago Theater Production, 1973

    Photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1996

    Interview with Nicholas Rudall, Director of the University of Chicago Theater Introduction, 1973, by Bradford S. Field

    Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1996, by Charles Spencer

    

RENAISSANCE ENGLISH THEATER

  Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

    Notes by Irving Ribner

    Photographs of the Poculi Ludique Societas Production at the University of Toronto, 1984

    G.B. Shand on Directing the Poculi Ludique Societas Production of Doctor Faustus at the University of Toronto, 1984

  William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

    Notes by David L. Stevenson

    Photographs of the A.J. Antoon Production at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, 1972

    Review of the A.J. Antoon Production at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, 1972, by Mel Gussow

    Commentary on the Collaboration of Joseph Papp and A.J. Antoon by Stewart W. Little, from Enter Joseph Papp, 1974

  William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello

    Notes by Alvin Kernan

    Photographs of the National Theatre Production, 1964

    Photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Production, Directed by Trevor Nunn, 1989

    Interview with Laurence Olivier, 1964, by Kenneth Tynan

    Rehearsing Othello, 1964, by Kenneth Tynan

    Review of the National Theatre Production, 1964, by Ronald Bryden

    Interview with Imogen Stubbs, Marsha Hunt, and Zoe Wanamaker on Acting in Othello, 1989, by Gwyn Morgan

  Ben Jonson, Volpone

    Notes by Philip Brockbank

    Photographs of the Royal National Theatre Production, 1995

    Review of the Royal National Theatre Production, 1995, by Sarah Hemming

    

NEOCLASSICAL THEATER

  Molière, The Misanthrope

    Translated by Richard Wilbur

    Photographs of the A.P.A.-Phoenix Theatre Production, 1968

    Photographs from the Classic Stage Production, 1999

    Review of the A.P.A.-Phoenix Theatre Production. 1968, by Clive Barnes

    Review of the Classic Stage Company Production, 1999, by David Barbour

  Aphra Behn, The Rover

    Photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1986

    Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1986, by Benedict Nightingale

  Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal

    Notes by George Nettleton and Arthur Case

    Photographs of the Stratford Festival Production, 1970

    Interview with Michael Langham, Director of the Stratford Festival Production, 1970, by Bradford S. Field, Jr.

    Review of the Stratford Festival Production, 1970, by Clive Barnes

   

MODERN THEATER

  Georg Büchner, Woyzeck

    Translated by Henry J. Schmidt

    Photographs of the New York Shakespeare Festival Production, 1992

    Review of the New York Shakespeare Festival Production, 1992, by Mel Gussow

  Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

    Translated by Michael Meyer

    Photographs of the Playhouse Production, 1971

    Photographs of the Belasco Theater Production, 1997

    Review of the Playhouse Production, 1971, by Walter Kerr

    Review of the Belasco Theater Production, 1997, by Ben Brantley

    Interview with Janet McTeer by Peter Marks

  August Strindberg, Miss Julie

    Translated by Elizabeth Sprigge

    Photographs of the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden Production, 1991

    Review of the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden Production,1991, by Mel Gussow

  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

    Photographs of the Globe Theatre Production, 1939

    Photographs of the National Theatre Production, 1982

    Review of the National Theatre Production, 1982, by Michael Billington

  John Millington Synge, In the Shadow of the Glen

    Photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1998

    John Millington Synge on the Source of the Play, 1904

    Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company production, 1998, by Alastair Macaulay

  Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

    Translated by David Magarshack

    Photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production, 1995

    Penelope Wilton on Playing Madame Ranevskaya

  Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

    Photographs of the London Production, 1974

    Review of the London Production, 1974, by Ronald Bryden

  Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of An Author

    Translated by Frederick May

    Photographs of the Young Vic Production, 2001

    a=Review of the Young Vic Production, 2001, by John Peter

  Eugene O'Neill, Homecoming

    (Part One of the Trilogy Mourning Becomes Electra)

    Photographs of the Shakespeare Theatre Production of Mourning Becomes Electra, 1997

    Designers Lee and Greenwood on Collaborating with O'Neill, 1997

  Federico García Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba

    Translated by James Graham-Luján and Richard L. O'Connell

    Photographs of the Lyric Hammersmith Production, 1986

    Review of the Lyric Hammersmith Production, 1986 by Michael Billington

  Bertolt Brecht, Galileo

    Translated by Charles Laughton

    Photographs of the New York Production, 1947

    Review of the New York Production, 1947, by Irwin Shaw

  Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

    Photograph of the original Broadway Production, 1949

    Photographs of the Goodman Theatre Production, 1998

    Making Willy Loman: A Look at Miller's Notebooks, by John Lahr, 1999

  Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Photographs of the American Shakespeare Theater Production, 1974

    Elizabeth Ashley on playing Maggie in the American Shakespeare Theater Production, 1974

    Review of the American Shakespeare Theater Production, 1974, by Clive Barnes

    

CONTEMPORARY THEATER

  Eugene Ionesco, The Lesson

    Translated by Donald Allen

    Photographs of the Phoenix Theatre Production, 1958

    Review of the Phoenix Theatre Production, 1958, by Walter Kerr

  Samuel Beckett, Endgame

    Photographs of the Studio des Champs-Élysées Production, 1957

    Photographs of the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T). Production, 1984

    Photographs of the Donmar Warehouse Production, 1996

    Review of the A.R.T. Production, 1984, by Mei Gusson

    Review of the Donmar Warehouse Production, 1996

  Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

    Photographs of the New York Production, 1959

    Sidney Poitier on playing Walter Lee Younger in the New York Production

    Interview with Lloyd Richards on directing the New York Production by Arthur Bartow

    Review of the New York Production, 1959, by Brooks Atkinson

  Edward Albee, The Zoo Story

    Photographs of the Provincetown Playhouse Production, 1960

    Review of the Provincetown Playhouse Production, 1960, by Henry Hewes

  Amiri Baraka, Dutchman

    Photograph of the Cherry Lane Theater Production, 1964

    Review of the Cherry Lane Theater Production, 1964, by Harold Clurman

    Review of the Cherry Lane Theater Production, 1964 by Howard Taubman

  Harold Pinter, Landscape

    Photographs of the National Theatre Production, 1994

    Review of the National Theatre Production, 1994, by Nick Curtis

    Review of the National Theatre Production, 1994, by Alistair Macaulay

  Alan Ayckbourn, Absurd Person Singular

    Photographs of the Lander Production, 1973

    Alan Ayckbourn on Absurd Person Singular

  Wole Soyinka, Death and the King's Horseman

    Photographs of the Terrace Theatre Production, 1979

    Review of the Terrace Theatre Production by James Lardner, 1979

  Derek Walcott, Pantomime

    Photographs of the Arena Stage Production, 1981

    Photographs of the Round House Theatre Production, 1998

    Interview with Derek Walcott on Staging Pantomime, 2002, by Andrew Wilson

  Brian Friel, Translations

    Photographs of the Donmar Warehouse Production, 1993

    Review of the Donmar Warehouse Production, 1993, by Nicholas de Jongh

  Athol Fugard, "Master Harold" . . . and the Boys

    Photographs of the Yale Repertory Theatre Production, 1982

    Review of the Yale Repertory Theatre Production, 1982, by Frank Rich

  Caryl Churchill, Top Girls

    Photographs of the Royal Court Theatre Production, 1982

    Review of the Royal Court Theatre Production, 1982, by Robert Cushman

  Marsha Norman,'night, Mother

    Photographs of the John Golden Theater Production, 1983

    Review of the John Golden Theater Production, 1983 by Douglas Watt

    Review of the John Golden Theater Production, 1983 by Frank Rich

  August Wilson, Fences

    Photographs of the Yale Repertory Theater Production, 1985

    Interview with Mary Alice and James Earl Jones, 1985, by Heather Henderson

  David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly

    Photographs of the New York Production, 1988

    Eiko Ishiaka on Designing the 1988 production

  Cherríe Moraga, Shadow of a Man

    Translated by María Elena Gaitán

    Photographs of the Eureka Theatre/Brava! Production, 1990

    Review of of the Eureka Theatre/Brava! Production, 1990

  David Mamet, Oleanna

    Photographs of the Orpheum Theatre Production, 1992

    Review of the Orpheum Theatre Production, 1992, by John Lahr

    Interview with David Mamet, 1995, by Geoffrey Norman and John Rezek (for Playboy)

  Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

    Photographs of the Walter Kerr Theater Production, 1993

    Review of the Walter Kerr Theater Production, 1993, by Stefan Kanfer

  Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

    Photographs of the National Theatre Production, 1993

    Review of the National Theatre Production, 1993, by Paul Taylor

  Yasmina Reza, "Art"

    Translated by Christopher Hampton

    Photographs of the Wyndham's Theatre Production, 1996

    Review of Wyndham's Theatre Production, 1996, by Sarah Hemming

    Review of Wyndham's Theatre Production, 1996, by Tom Lubbock

  Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive

    Photographs of the Vineyard Theatre Production, 1997

    Interview with Paula Vogel, 1998, by Arthur Holbert

  Suzan-Lori Parks, In the Blood

    Photographs of the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival Production, 1999

    Review of the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Festival Production, 1999, by Margo Jefferson

   

IDEAS OF DRAMA: CLASSICAL TO CONTEMPORARY

  Aristotle, On the Nature and Elements of Tragedy

  Sir Philip Sidney, On Time and Place; on Comedy and Tragedy

  Oliver Goldsmith, A Comparison Between Sentimental and Laughing Comedy

  August Strindberg, Preface to Miss Julie

  William Butler Yeats, First Principles

  George Bernard Shaw, The Technical Novelty in Ibsen's Plays

  Constantin Stanislavski, Direction and Acting

  Bertolt Brecht, Theater for Pleasure or Theater for Instruction

  Antonin Artaud, No More Masterpieces

  Arthur Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man

  Martin Esslin, Theater of the Absurd

  Amiri Baraka, What is Black Theater?

  Marsha Norman, Ten Golden Rules for Playwrights

  Suzan-Lori Parks, Tradition and Individual Talent

    

APPENDICES

    Appendix A: Analyzing a Play

    Appendix B: Film and Video Productions of Plays in Stages of Drama

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312397333
Subtitle:
Classical to Contemporary Theater
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Author:
Klaus Gilbert Field
Author:
Bradford S. Field, Jr.
Author:
Klaus, Carl H.
Author:
Gilbert, Miriam
Author:
Field, Bradford S.
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Drama-Play Anthologies
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Fifth Edition
Series Volume:
274
Publication Date:
20021225
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
1731
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.50 in

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