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Scenic Art for the Theatre (2011)

Now in its Third Edition, Scenic Art for the Theatre: History, Tools and Techniques continues to be the most trusted source for both student and professional scenic artists. With new information on scenic design using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and other digital imaging softwares this test expands to offer the developing artist more step-by-step instuction and more practical techniques for work in the field. It goes beyond detailing job functions and discussing techniques to serve as a trouble-sh...

Scenic Art for the Theatre
Ibsen's Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on The London Stage (2011)

..Matos's important book provides a well-researched, well-written ,and fascinating discussion of the notion of contagion from Ibsen and into Pineo and Jones. Professor Gregory Tague, St Francis College, editor of Origins of English Literary Modernism,1870-1914 The Independent Theatre's production of Ghosts at the Royalty Theatre, London in 1891 precipitated one of the most famous theatrical quarrels in European theater history. Although many have commented on the extremity of the response from t...

Ibsen's Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on The London Stage
Embodying Difference: Scripting Social Images of the Female Body in Latina Theatre (2011)

Embodying Difference: Scripting Social Images of the Female Body in US Latina Theatre explores contemporary theatrical productions by Latina dramatists in the United States and focuses on the effects that neoliberal politics, global market strategies, gender formation, and racial and ethnical marginalization have had on Latinas. Through the analysis of select plays by dramatists Nao Bustamante, Coco Fusco, Anne García-Romero, Josefina López, Cherríe Moraga, Linda Nieves-Powell, Dolores Prida, an...

Embodying Difference: Scripting Social Images of the Female Body in Latina Theatre
The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia: Performance Traditions of the Maghreb (2011)

Modern international studies of world theatre and drama have begun to acknowledge the Arab world only after the contributions of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Within the Arab world, the contributions of Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco to modern drama and to post-colonial expression remain especially neglected, a problem that this book addresses.

The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia: Performance Traditions of the Maghreb
Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect (2011)

Performance Affects, now in paperback and with a new preface, explores performance projects in disaster and war zones to argue that joy, beauty and celebration should be the inspiration for the politics of community-based or participatory performance practice. Applied Theatre has traditionally concentrated on effects - impacts, themes communicated or 'truths' revealed. Performance Affects challenges this orientation by suggesting that an affective realm needs to be the focus for a renewed aesthe...

Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect
Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith (2011)

This book examines the intersection of religion and theatrical performance in modernity/postmodernity. Religion, no longer sequestered in the "private sphere," has become an explicitly public force. It stimulates and complicates public actions; it is a crucial component of performance. The writings here suggest that performance studies and religious studies can inform one another, leading to innovative and deepened understandings within and between the disciplines. Religion must receive its ...

Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith
Maria Irene Fornes (2011)

Maria Irene Fornes provides an enlightening introduction to a pivotal figure in both Hispanic-American and experimental theater. From her theatrical origins in 1960s Cuba to her precedent plays for the US stage, this book presents an important guide of work to this politically-charged playwright.

Maria Irene Fornes
Drama at the Heart of the Secondary School: Projects to Promote Authentic Learning (2011)

Drama at the Heart of the Secondary School provides a rationale for the curricular centrality of drama together with rich and detailed examples of cross-phase thematic projects which are drama-led, but which promote learning across a wide range of curriculum areas, from the humanities and other arts, to English and literacy, science and PSHE. Each unit explores relevant and stimulating themes and topics that will engage the students, promote empathy, pose questions, and produce creative respo...

Drama at the Heart of the Secondary School: Projects to Promote Authentic Learning
New Playwriting Strategies: Language and Media in the 21st Century (2011)

New Playwriting Strategies has become a canonical text in the study and teaching of playwriting, offering a fresh and dynamic insight into the subject. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition explores and highlights the wide spread of new techniques that form contemporary theatre writing, as well as their influence on other dramatic forms. Paul Castagno builds on the innovative plays of Len Jenkin, Mac Wellman, and the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to investigate groundbreaking new ...

New Playwriting Strategies: Language and Media in the 21st Century
The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance (2011)

An all-encompassing reference guide to the theatre arts.

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance
David Hare (Writers and their Work) (2011)

A short, clear, critical study of David Hare's work for theatre, film and television, concentrating on questions of staging, performance and narrative and dramatic form.

David Hare (Writers and their Work)
They Can't Take That Away from Me: Musical Memories That Colour Our Lives (2011)

Does a particular song take you back to a certain time and place? More than 100 celebrities were asked what songs bring back special memories. * Film star Joan Collins The Way You Look Tonight reminds her of the first dance at her wedding to Percy Gibson. * TV presenter Richard Madeley remembers playing guitar at the local folk club when he hears American Pie by Don McLean. * Pavarotti's rendition of Nessun Dorma sets off memories of the 1990 World Cup for Gary Lineker * Joanna Lumley thinks of ...

They Can't Take That Away from Me: Musical Memories That Colour Our Lives
Working in American Theatre: A Brief History, Career Guide and Resource Book for over 1000 Theatres (2011)

This is the indispensable career guide for anyone interested in the theatre: the complete A to Z culled from industry expert Jim Volz's experience and interviews with many voices in the theatre community. This guide is your first port of call from how to get your foot in the door to where, when and how to advance your career. In addition to advice, inspiration and strategies for all working practitioners, not just actors, it also features extensive listings and directories for regional companie...

Working in American Theatre: A Brief History, Career Guide and Resource Book for over 1000 Theatres
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (20th Anniversary Edition) (2011)

A revised edition of one of the most influential plays of our time, published with a new forward by the author, and debuting in celebration of Signature Theatre Company’s Tony Kushner season.

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (20th Anniversary Edition)
The Making of War Horse (2011)

Generously illustrated with the work of award-winning photographer Simon Annand, this book takes you behind the scenes, describing how Tom Morris, director at the National Theatre, interacted with the Handspring Puppet Company in developing ideas for the staging of the piece. It also gives a clear account of how the puppets were designed and constructed.

The Making of War Horse
Grease: Music on Film Series (2011)

In the summer of 1978, Grease was the word. On Friday, June 16, 1978, the movie musical made a major comeback when a big-screen version of the long-running rock-and-roll stage musical, Grease, opened in theaters around the country. With a talented cast led by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and a memorable score featuring a mixture of oldies-style rock and contemporary pop, Grease captured the look and the feel of an old-fashioned Hollywood musical while taking audiences on a nostalgic trip...

Grease: Music on Film Series
Lux Presents Hollywood: A Show-by-show History of the Lux Radio Theatre and the Lux Video Theatre, 1934-1957 (2011)

This reference work is a show-by-show chronicle of the series, arranged by broadcast season, and showing network affiliation, host, announcer, director, musical director, and adaptation writer. Show listings include title, date first broadcast, cast, cast of the Lux commercials, plot synopsis, and film versions of the story. Also provided are the intermission guests-D.W. Griffith, Theda Bara, King Vidor, Sid Grauman among others-interviewed between acts of the broadcasts.

Lux Presents Hollywood: A Show-by-show History of the Lux Radio Theatre and the Lux Video Theatre, 1934-1957
Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater (2011)

We easily accept that size matters in other areas of human endeavor, but what about works of the imagination? Why do some dramatic creations extend to five hours or more, and how does their great length help them accomplish extraordinarily ambitious aims? In Great Lengths, theater critic and scholar Jonathan Kalbexamines internationally prominent, marathon-length theater productions, including Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, the Royal Shakespeare Company’...

Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Musicals (2011)

Scott Miller once again shares his passion for and knowledge of musical theater in this endlessly entertaining and informative look at how musicals have both reflected and adapted to America's changing mores. Specifically, Miller casts his eye on the triumvirate of postwar social change: sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Eager to respond to the concerns and tastes of the increasingly influential baby-boomer generation, musical theater in the late Sixties began to embrace formerly taboo subjects. S...

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Musicals
The Making of Cabaret (2011)

A handy and engaging chronicle, this book is the most detailed production history to date of the original Broadway version of Cabaret, showing how the show evolved from Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories, into John van Druten's stage play, a British film adaptation, and then the Broadway musical, conceived and directed by Harold Prince as an early concept musical. With nearly 40 illustrations, full cast credits, and a bibliography, The Making of Cabaret will appeal to musical theatre aficion...

The Making of Cabaret
The Musical: A Research and Information Guide (2011)

This research guide includes more than 1,400 annotated entries related to the genre as it appears on stage and screen. It includes reference works, monographs, articles, anthologies, and websites related to the musical. Separate sections are devoted to sub-genres (such as operetta and megamusical), non-English language musical genres in the U.S., traditions outside the U.S., individual shows, creators, performers, and performance. The second edition reflects the notable increase in musical theat...

The Musical: A Research and Information Guide
Showstopper (2011)

Showstopper is journalist and book author Abigail Pogrebin's account of being cast, at the young age of 16 (along with a then 21-year old Jason Alexander), in Stephen Sondheim's muscial "Merrily We Roll Along," the only flop in Sondheim's storied career. It's a still a mystery, and a much debated topic, among theater enthusiasts as to why "Merrily We Roll Along" flopped, especially since Sondheim's other productions, which include "Into the Woods," "Follies," "Sweeney Todd," and "A Funny Thing H...

Showstopper
The Handbook of Techniques for Theatre Designers (2011)

Detailed advice on acquiring and refining the myriad of skills needed to be a theater designer, from drawing to costume design to effectively presenting design work Theater designers need to be proficient in an extraordinarily diverse range of skills to carry out their work—they are expected to be able to draw both creatively and technically; to be able to use color imaginatively; to make accurate scale models of their set designs; to design costumes, whether of a specific period, modern, or...

The Handbook of Techniques for Theatre Designers
Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage (2011)

Disguise devices figure in many early modern English plays, and an examination of them clearly affords an important reflection on the growth of early theatre as well as on important aspects of the developing nation. In this study, Peter Hyland considers a range of practical issues related to the performance of disguise. He goes on to examine various conceptual issues that provide a background to theatrical disguise (the relation of self and "other", the meaning of mask and performance). He looks...

Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage
Acting Together I: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict (2011)

Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict explores performance as a social justice, conflict resolution, and peace-building tool in regions fractured by violence, dislocation, poverty, and oppression. Nine case studies from six continents shape a vocabulary for evaluating community, artist, and ritual-based performance, giving voice to silenced truths. Performative genres of positive resistance and peace building include traditional and nontraditional theater, s...

Acting Together I: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Great West-End Musical Flops (2011)

Inspired by 'Not Since Carrie, 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops', this is a collection of some great (and not so great) London West-End flops. Featuring a cast that includes Alan Ayckbourne, Lionel 'Oliver' Bart, Ronnie Corbett, Bill Kenwright, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbara Windsor.

Great West-End Musical Flops
Lighting Design For A Production Of A Streetcar Named Desire (2011)

A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, was a realized dramatic production presented by the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. It was performed in the H.P. Constans Theatre during fall 2009. The process for this production began early in the year with design meetings and evolved over the following nine months, culminating on opening night as a theatrical production. I served as the lighting designer for this production. During this process, I analyzed the script and work...

Lighting Design For A Production Of A Streetcar Named Desire
How to write or choose the PERFECT PANTO SCRIPT (2011)

Exactly what it says on the label. How to start writing, how to structure the scenes, what to include, what definitely to avoid, how to get comedy ideas, the secret of slapstick, and much more. He also digs deep into the problems with chosing a commercial script and gives detailed tips on how to avoid the outdated rubbish still being offered. Chris Lane brings 25 years experience of pantomime into this essential book. His scripts have been performed hundreds of times on amateur stages all over ...

How to write or choose the PERFECT PANTO SCRIPT
Reality Principles: From the Absurd to the Virtual (2011)

Reality Principles gathers recent essays by esteemed scholar and theater practitioner Herbert Blau covering a range of topics. The book’s provocative essays—including “The Emotional Memory of Directing,” “The Faith-Based Initiative of the Theater of the Absurd,” “Virtually Yours: Presence, Liveness, Lessness,” “The Human Nature of the Bot”—were given as keynotes and/or memorial lectures and are collected here for the first time. The essays take up a remarkable array of topics—from body art and ...

Reality Principles: From the Absurd to the Virtual
Performing Presence: Between the Live and the Simulated (2011)

*Performing Presence: Between the Live and the Simulated* proposes that the advent of new media forms, and the increasing integration of contemporary performance and media has generated new engagements, practices and understandings of presence. Developed as part of a major research project led by Gabriella Giannachi and Nick Kaye, and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, Performing Presence poses questions over the nature of action, identity and self in the relationship with me...

Performing Presence: Between the Live and the Simulated
Tarragon Theatre (2011)

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Tarragon Theatre is a theatre in Toronto, Canada, and one of the main centers for contemporary playwriting in the country. Located near Casa Loma, the theatre was founded by Bill and Jane Glassco in 1970. Bill was the Artistic Director from 1971 to 1982. In 1982, Urjo Kareda took over as Artistic Director and remained in that role until his death in December 2001. R...

Tarragon Theatre
Organic Theater Company (2011)

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Organic Theater Company, a Chicago theatre, was founded in the 1970s by artistic director Stuart Gordon. The theater company was incorporated in 1972. Some productions were taken on the road, touring to New York City venues such as The Performing Garage, The Public Theater, and The Ambassador Theatre. After "E/R Emergency Room," Stuart Gordon went to the west coast to m...

Organic Theater Company
Harold Pinter's Plays as 'Comedies of Menace' (2011)

For the past few decades people have been torn apart by wars, terror attacks, financial crisis even in countries which were the so called super powers of the world. This has resulted in people living with insecurity, lack of recognition, fear and nostalgia and also led to broken families and forgotten friends whom we try to communicate only through social networking websites. In such a scenario the plays of Harold Pinter also expose the same especially through the theatre technique called comedy...

Harold Pinter's Plays as 'Comedies of Menace'
Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain: Conjugal Doctrine in Lope, Cervantes, and Calderon (2011)

Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain places dramatic representations of marriage within a historical and social framework and is framed by the decrees of the Council of Trent (1563), which ascribed sacramental status to marriage. While the diverse range of dramas examined in this study offer a multifaceted view of conjugal relations in early modern Spain, taken together they suggest a significant shift in the conventions governing marriage and other related social phenomena, including courtshi...

Staging Marriage in Early Modern Spain: Conjugal Doctrine in Lope, Cervantes, and Calderon
Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010 (2011)

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater presents the plays and personages, movements and institutions, and cultural developments of the American stage from 1930 to 2010, a period of vast and almost continuous change. It covers the ever-changing history of the American theater with emphasis on major movements, persons, plays, and events. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 1,500 cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book...

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010
Devouring Shakespeare: Five Simple Tools (2011)

There are a number of ways you can experience Shakespeare—on the page or on the stage, in the classroom or in the living room—each with it’s own challenges and rewards. The one constant uniting all of them is the need to understand how Shakespeare works. Devouring Shakespeare: Five Simple Tools is a straightforward set of guidelines, developed in order to discover what makes Shakespeare tick. Created for the Chop Bard podcast, these guidelines have been used since 2008 to analyze the Bard’s p...

Devouring Shakespeare: Five Simple Tools
Research Methods in Theatre and Performance (2011)

How have theatre and performance research methods and methodologies engaged the expanding diversity of performing arts practices? How can students best combine performance/theatre research approaches in their projects? This book's 29 contributors provide hands-on answers to such questions. Challenging and debating received research wisdom and exploring innovative procedures for rigorous enquiry via archives, technology, practice-as-research, scenography, performer training, applied theatre/perfo...

Research Methods in Theatre and Performance
Performance and the City (2011)

Urban studies has long understood the city as a 'text'. What would it mean now to use performance to rethink that metaphor? This book, now in paperback, queries the role theatre and performance play in urban policy, architecture, and civic history, also exploring their important place in the memories created in the wake of urban trauma.

Performance and the City
Contemporary French Theatre and Performance (2011)

This is the first book to explore the relationship between experimental theatre and performance making in France. Reflecting the recent return to aesthetics and politics in French theory, it focuses on how a variety of theatre and performance practitioners use their art work to contest reality as it is currently configured in France.

Contemporary French Theatre and Performance
Performance and Identity in the Classical World (2011)

Actors in the classical world were often viewed as frauds and impostors, capable of deliberately fabricating their identities. Conversely, they were sometimes viewed as possessed by the characters that they played, or as merely playing themselves onstage. Numerous sources reveal an uneasy fascination with actors and acting, from the writings of elite intellectuals (philosophers, orators, biographers, historians) to the abundant theatrical anecdotes that can be read as a body of "popular performa...

Performance and Identity in the Classical World
Latino Theatre Initiative / Center Theatre Group Papers, 1980-2005 (2011)

Established in 1992 by Los Angeles's Center Theatre Group, the Latino Theatre Initiative sought to diversify audiences by diversifying theatrical programming. Until 2005, when it was suspended, the program resulted in the production of eleven new main-stage plays at the Mark Taper Forum. It was also key in the development of new and emerging Latino artists, the production of second-stage works, and the incorporation of community-based events into theater programming. Chantal Rodriguez draws on ...

Latino Theatre Initiative / Center Theatre Group Papers, 1980-2005
The Framing Text in Early Modern English Drama (2011)

Though individual prologues and epilogues have been treated in depth, very little scholarship has been published on early modern framing texts as a whole. "The Framing Text in Early Modern English Drama" fills a gap in the literature by examining the origins of these texts, and investigating their growing importance and influence in the theatre of the period. The topic-led discussion of prologues and epilogues deals with the origins of these texts, the difficulty of definition, and the way in wh...

The Framing Text in Early Modern English Drama
The Rise of Performance Studies: Rethinking Richard Schechner's Broad Spectrum (2011)

The essays in this anthology are situated within the larger context of a critical engagement with Richard Schechner's work as a theatre practitioner, teacher, scholar, activist, and visionary. Through a wide variety of approaches, the contributors acknowledge the profound impact that Schechner's work has had on our understanding of performance as a mode of cultural practice and on the emergence of Performance Studies as a discipline. Some essays are embedded in intensely personal reflections on ...

The Rise of Performance Studies: Rethinking Richard Schechner's Broad Spectrum
Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre (2011)

Engaging Audiences provides an insightful introduction to spectatorship from the perspective of cognitive studies. Using performances of several plays and a wide array of scientific evidence, Bruce McConachie examines the dynamics of conscious attention, mental concepts, empathy, emotion, and culture in theatre-going. This ground-breaking study challenges many of the current theories used to understand spectators and is a valuable resource for artists and scholars interested in how and why audie...

Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre
Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance (2011)

This book articulates the first theoretical context for a 'cyborg theatre,' metaphorically integrating on-stage bodies with the technologized, digitized, or mediatized, to re-imagine subjectivity for a post-human age. It covers a variety of examples, to propose new theoretical tools for understanding performance in our changing world.

Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance
Biographical Theatre: Re-Presenting Real People? (2011)

Marilyn Monroe, Vincent van Gogh or the victims of rendition flights -- the number and variety of historical and contemporary figures represented on British stages is amazing. This book develops a new theoretical framework for the representation of real life figures on stage and examines different ways in which they can be included in performances.

Biographical Theatre: Re-Presenting Real People?
Shakespeare on Stage: Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles (2011)

Unrivalled insights into playing Shakespeare's major characters, from an extraordinary roll-call of star actors. Includes stories from Brian Cox, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall, Derek Jacobi, Jude Law, Adrian Lester, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Tim Pigott-Smith, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart, and Penelope Wilton.

Shakespeare on Stage: Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles
Playwriting For Dummies (2011)

The easy way to craft, polish, and get your play on stage Getting a play written and produced is a daunting process. From crystallizing story ideas, formatting the script, understanding the roles of the director stagecraft people, to marketing and financing your project, and incorporating professional insights on writing, there are plenty of ins and outs that every aspiring playwright needs to know. But where can you turn for guidance? Playwriting For Dummies helps any writer at any stage of...

Playwriting For Dummies
Stages to Outstanding Performance: In the Rehearsal Room (2011)

In a series of engaging case studies exploring how actors and directors work, this authoritative volume, written by some of the world's leading pioneers in the field, takes theater students and aspiring actors into the rehearsal and gives a unique insight into theater production at its best. The essays look closely at the processes used by a range of important artists, providing a valuable introduction to modern theater practice and advice on how to transform rehearsals into great stage portraya...

Stages to Outstanding Performance: In the Rehearsal Room
This is Burlesque: The Glitzy Guide (2011)

This is the ultimate comprehensive whirlwind guide to burlesque theatre. Discover its roots and shoots, its heroines and heretics—and the reason WHY burlesque has always been taboo…yet so popular.

This is Burlesque: The Glitzy Guide

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