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THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION, Third Edition, explores issues of cultural diversity and creativity, presents a full day-in-the-life of theatre, and offers briefer coverage of theatre history. Timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of television and film 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. This Concise version contains 12 chapters, paring back historical coverage to one chapter on theatre's key movements (such as realism and absurdism) and then offers one chapter featuring musical theatre. THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW contains 17 chapters, including six chapters covering theatre history in Western and non-Western contexts, and concluding with a chapter on musical theatre.
- This edition includes several new "Spotlight" boxes, including one that highlights how theatre and art help us find structure and meaning in life. Others explore how technology may be creating a cultural divide and how theatre can help close the gap, and how creativity relates to the imagination.
- The authors include improved guidelines on theatre etiquette, such as rules on twittering and texting during a performance.
- Chapter 5 ("A Day in the Life of a Theatre") now includes important detailed information on how difficult it is to make a living as a theatre artist.
- Chapter 10 ("A Creative Life") contains many expanded sections on how creativity applies not only to the theatre, but to a student's everyday interaction with education and the world.
- Over 30 new brightly colored photographs help illustrate important concepts.
- You can create a customizable, printed anthology of plays for your course by choosing from a large selection of plays--including many discussed in the "Stage to Screen" boxes of this text--at Sundance Choice Drama (http://www.textchoice.com/sundance). With your customized anthology, students pay only for the plays you assign!
- "Spotlight" boxes look behind the scenes at the people, places, trends, and events that have shaped theatre. An example is "The Life of an Actor: Terri White" (in Chapter 7, "The Art of Acting").
- Organized into three distinct sections--"Theatre Literacy," "The Arts within the Art," and "A Concise History"--the text provides flexibility to organize the course in various ways. This Concise version contains 12 chapters, paring back historical coverage to one chapter on theatre's key movements (realism, absurdism, etc.) and then offers one featuring musical theatre. THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW contains 17 chapters, including six chapters covering theatre history in Western and non-Western contexts, and concluding with a chapter on musical theatre.
- This book gives students a firm background in the primary arts and techniques needed to create a theatre performance, providing a nuts-and-bolts how-to look while developing an appreciation of the art. The text investigates how cultural diversity manifests itself in U.S. theatre today, and how theatre can give a voice to groups who are ignored. Is also outlines basic audience etiquette and introduces play analysis.
- There is through coverage of diversity in theatre. The theme of diversity is woven into text narrative, examples, quotations, and photos. Chapter 3 ("Theatre and Cultural Diversity") discusses diversity in modern U.S. theatre. "Spotlight on Diversity" boxes describe ethnic and cultural diversity in the theatre, exposing students to a variety of voices. Some examples include "The Life and Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa" (Chapter 1), "Color-Blind Casting" (Chapter 8), and "The Life of a Playwright: Sarah Ruhl" (Chapter 6).
- Chapter 10, "A Creative Life," is devoted to creativity and features a comparison of technique and talent, describes the attributes of creative people, provides tips students can use to enhance their creativity, and outlines the steps of creative problem-solving.
1. Theatre, Art, and Entertainment.
2. Stage vs. Screen.
3. Theatre and Cultural Diversity.
4. Experiencing and Analyzing Plays.
PART II: THE ARTS WITHIN THE ART.
5. A Day in the Life of a Theatre.
6. The Playwright and the Script.
7. The Art of Acting.
8. The Art of Directing.
9. The Art of Design.
10. A Creative Life.
Part III: STYLES, GENRES AND ISMS.
11. The Many Types of Theatre.
12. The Musical.