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THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW, Third Edition, explores issues of cultural 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. This full version contains 17 chapters, six of which cover theatre history in both Western and non-Western contexts, and concludes with a chapter on "The Musical". THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION features 12 chapters and a briefer treatment of theatre's history, and also features a chapter on "The Musical".
- 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.
- Several additions in Part 3, "A Concise History," include expanded coverage of theatre in India, more on Aristotelian Scholasticism, in-depth coverage of women on stage in Elizabethan times, and a new section on the Puritans and their intolerance to the theatre.
- Over 50 new brightly colored photographs help illustrate important concepts.
- An entire chapter on creativity (Chapter 10, "A Creative Life") compares 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.
- 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 (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. Examples include "The Life of an Actor: Terri White" (Chapter 7, "The Art of Acting") and "Mlle. Clairon and the Beginnings of Realistic Acting" (Chapter 15, "The Restoration, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism").
- 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 full version contains 17 chapters, including six chapters covering theatre history in Western and non-Western contexts, and concluding with a chapter on musical theatre. THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION 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 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. It also outlines basic audience etiquette and introduces play analysis.
- There is thorough coverage of diversity in theatre. The theme of diversity is woven into the text narrative, examples, quotations, and photos. Chapter 3 ("Theatre and Cultural Diversity") discusses diversity in modern U.S. theatre. Chapter 11 ("Non-Western Theatre") discusses African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Islamic theatre. "Spotlight on Diversity" boxes describe ethnic and cultural diversity in the theatre, exposing students to some of the many voices in theatre. 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).
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: A CONCISE HISTORY.
11. Non-Western Theatre.
12. The Greeks to the Rise of Christianity.
13. The Dark Ages to the Dawn of the Renaissance.
14. The Renaissance.
15. The Restoration, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism.
16. Modern Theatre.
17. The Musical.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
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