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Towards a Poor Theatre (Theatre Arts)
Towards a Poor Theatre (Theatre Arts)
by Jerzy Grotowski
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In 1968, Jerzy Grotowski published his groundbreaking "Towards a Poor Theatre", a record of the theatrical investigations conducted at his experimental theater in Poland. This classic work on acting and performance is now available once again. In his... (read more)

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Theater and Its Double (58 Edition)
Theater and Its Double (58 Edition)
by Antonin Artaud
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A collection of manifestos originally published in 1938, The Theater and Its Double is the fullest statement of the ideas of Antonin Artaud. & #8220; We cannot go on prostituting the idea of the theater, the only value of which is in its... (read more)

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The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre (Oxford Handbooks)
The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre (Oxford Handbooks)
by Richard Dutton
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There was no single 'Elizabethan stage'. Early modern actors exploited various opportunities for patronage and profit between the 1570s and 1642, whether touring, or performing at inns, in country houses, in purpose-built theatres, at court, at the... (read more)

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Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic
Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic
by Bertolt Brecht
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This volume offers a major selection of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking critical writing. Here, arranged in chronological order, are essays from 1918 to 1956, in which Brecht explores his definition of the Epic Theatre and his theory of alienation... (read more)

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Theatre/Theory/Theatre: The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel
Theatre/Theory/Theatre: The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel
by Daniel Gerould
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Available for the First Time in Paperback! From Aristotle's Poetics to Vaclav Havel, the debate about the nature and function of theatre has been marked by controversy. Daniel Gerould's landmark work, Theatre/Theory/Theatre, collects history's most... (read more)

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Alfred Farag and Egyptian Theater: The Poetics of Disguise, with Four Short Plays and a Monologue
Alfred Farag and Egyptian Theater: The Poetics of Disguise, with Four Short Plays and a Monologue
by Dina Amin
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Amin (Arabic literature, culture, and theater, Villanova U.) offers a history of the career of Alfred Farag, one of Egyptian theater's most significant playwrights, and a critical analysis of his work and the condition of Egyptian theater in the 1970s... (read more)

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A Source Book in Theatrical History
A Source Book in Theatrical History
by Alois Maria Nagler
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"An indispensable complement to the study of the drama." — Educational Theatre Journal. A rich resource for students of theater and theater historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and... (read more)

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British Theatre in the Great War (Continuum Guide in Drama)
British Theatre in the Great War (Continuum Guide in Drama)
by Gordon Williams
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British Theatre in the Great War deals with a theatrical phase customarily dismissed by those charting twentieth-century developments. What becomes clear is that assessment by unsuitable literary criteria has masked the importance of the war years in... (read more)

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The Biblical Drama of Medieval Europe
The Biblical Drama of Medieval Europe
by Lynette R Muir
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A survey of biblical drama from the whole of medieval Christian Europe.... (read more)

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Essential Theatre
Essential Theatre
by Oscar Gros Brockett
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A textbook for either an introductory course for theater majors, or a course on theater appreciation for non majors. Undergraduate level. Latest edition, 1988; first published 1976. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)... (read more)

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Theatre of the Oppressed
Theatre of the Oppressed
by Augusto Boal
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The innovative Brazilian playwright, director and international lecturer explicates Aristotle's poetics and the philosophies of Machiavelli, Hegel and Brecht to determine the extent to which their chief components--imitation, catharsis and, ultimately... (read more)

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Banned Plays: Censorship Histories of 125 Stage Dramas
Banned Plays: Censorship Histories of 125 Stage Dramas
by Dawn Sova
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A revealing look at theater censorship throughout history. As public tastes... (read more)

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Secret Sharers in Italian Comedy: From Machiavelli to Goldoni
Secret Sharers in Italian Comedy: From Machiavelli to Goldoni
by Jackson I Cope
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Modern vernacular comedy took shape in early sixteenth-century Italy with the many plays adapted from and modeled on Plautine New Comedy. As Jackson I. Cope demonstrates in this study, some Italian dramatists reacted to the widespread success of this... (read more)

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Contemporary American Drama (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature)
Contemporary American Drama (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature)
by Annette J Saddik
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This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the United States in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions. It focuses on representative plays and performance texts that experiment with form and content, discussing... (read more)

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Fervent Years : Group Theatre and the Thirties (83 Edition)
Fervent Years : Group Theatre and the Thirties (83 Edition)
by Harold Clurman
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The Group Theatre was perhaps the most significant experiment in the history of American theater. Producing plays that reflected topical issues of the decade and giving a creative chance to actors, directors, and playwrights who were either fed up with... (read more)

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English Renaissance Drama and the Specter of Spain: Ethnopoetics and Empire
English Renaissance Drama and the Specter of Spain: Ethnopoetics and Empire
by Eric Griffin
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The specter of Spain rarely figures in our discussions of the drama that is often regarded as the crowning achievement of the English literary Renaissance. Yet dramatists such as Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare are exactly... (read more)

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The Open Door
The Open Door
by Peter Brook
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From King Lear to the Tragedy of Carmen, from Marat/Sade to the epic Mahabharata, Peter Brook has reinvented modern theatre, not once but again and again. In The Open Door the visionary director and theorist offers a lucid, comprehensive exposition of... (read more)

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Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater
Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater
by William T Vollmann
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Understatement isn't exactly characteristic of William T. Vollmann's writing. In his previous journalistic attempts to understand some of the more paradoxical and confusing aspects of the world, he has exercised such an unremitting onslaught of literary... (read more)

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Cultural Readings of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Theater
Cultural Readings of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Theater
by Douglas J Canfield
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Ranging in approach from feminist to historicist, the eleven essays in this collection share the culturalist premise that the drama of late Stuart and early Georgian England helped to constitute the dominant ideology of the period. The contributors... (read more)

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Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy, and Meshugas of the Yiddish Theater in America
Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy, and Meshugas of the Yiddish Theater in America
by Stefan Kanfer
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An in-depth study of the history of Yiddish theater in America follows it from its origins in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, its journey to the Lower East Side of New York in 1910s and 1920s with Jewish immigrants, and its ultimate decline in the... (read more)

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