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THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE makes theatre appreciation personal, meaningful, and memorable for students by exploring the many ways theatre plays an important role in everyday life. From movies, concerts, and videogames, to weddings, graduations, and job interviews, aspects of production and performance strongly influence popular culture and shape many of our daily experiences. THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE vividly illuminates these connections while providing a thorough introduction to the history, elements, and global diversity of theatre. Written in an enjoyable, conversational style, this innovative new text enhances students' understanding and appreciation of theatre by inviting them to recognize and reflect on its impact on their lives.

Robert Barton, University of Oregon

Robert Barton is Professor Emeritus of Acting at the University of Oregon. He has directed more than half of Shakespeare's plays and performed in most of them, including playing the title role in a PBS production of HAMLET. A prolific author, Dr. Barton has published numerous scholarly articles on acting and seven books, including VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE and LIFE THEMES (both with Annie McGregor), and ACTING REFRAMES. His STYLE FOR ACTORS received the Theatre Association's Best Book Award. In addition, he served as editor and adaptor of the newly revised edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. The American College Theatre Festival honored Dr. Barton as Outstanding Acting Coach. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

Annie McGregor, Pennsylvania State University

Annie McGregor teaches script analysis and history/literature/criticism at The Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre, where she is currently Head of the BA Theatre program. She has received the Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts and Architecture Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a sometime actor, with her most recent and most favorite role being Jean in "After Mrs. Rochester," at the University of Oregon in its West Coast premiere. She is a regular dramaturg; her most recent projects include "Mother Courage and Her Children" and "Pentecost." She is increasingly intrigued by the world of online teaching, after the successful launch and continued success of her Art of the Theatre web course. She also continues to direct projects, with her latest offerings being "The Odyssey" and "Arabian Nights," both by her favorite playwright Mary Zimmerman.
  • Each of the Dramatic Interludes is supplemented with a viable scene from the plays discussed, with care taken to choose scenes appropriate for classroom exercises. These include scenes such as one from "King Lear" featuring Edmund and Edgar, two young men within the age range of many students in your course.
  • Learning Objectives have been added at the start of each chapter.
  • The theatre history chapters (7 and 8) have been streamlined to only the essential information, and extensive new illustrations have been added to these chapters.
  • Examples of the playwright's style, language, and characters.
  • Sample scenes from the featured plays have been added to the Dramatic Interludes.
  • The coverage of musical theatre (Chapter 10) has been considerably extended.
  • The material on regional theatre has been expanded, and a new section on eco-theatre has been added to the "Contemporary Voices" chapter (Chapter 11).
  • More material on the role of the critic has been added, including sum- maries of critical responses and sample reviews for the last two featured plays.
  • A conversational, accessible voice so readers feel as if they are being spoken to directly in a friendly, nonpretentious fashion, with immediately accessible examples and humor.
  • Theatre in Your Life boxes, included in most chapters, highlight ways that both staged events and spontaneous theatre can play important roles in everyday life. These features encourage students to discover aspects of theatre in their daily experiences and to hone their understanding of related elements of production.
  • Theatre in Media boxes use familiar examples from popular entertainment to deepen students' understanding by comparing and contrasting aspects of live theatre with film and other media. Examples include the contrasting challenges faced by screenwriters and playwrights and the changes a musical undergoes to be adapted as a film.
  • The text fully integrates coverage of history and global diversity, explaining the origins and evolution of modern theatre and tracing the relationships among different cultures and genres during each historical period. Nearly every chapter features opportunities to compare theatre traditions throughout the country and around the globe.
  • Ample coverage is given to everyone involved in a theatrical production, from star performers to those remaining behind the scenes. Your Life in Theatre boxes invite students to consider the variety of ways to get involved with the theatre and to explore their interest in each one.
  • Dramatic Interludes provide additional depth and focus by comparing pairs of classic and contemporary plays that explore a common theme (love, war, generations, rebellion, dreams, values). The interludes illustrate the connections between theatre and life, as well as practical applications of concepts covered in the preceding chapters.
PART I: What Is Theatre?
1. Anticipation.
2. Origins.
Dramatic Interlude.
PART II: Who Does Theatre?.
3. Storytellers and Stories.
4. Actors and Directors.
Dramatic Interlude.
5. Designers.
6. The Production Team.
Dramatic Interlude.
PART III: How Did Theatre Evolve?.
7. Early Stages.
8. Middle Stages.
Dramatic Interlude.
PART IV: How Does Theatre Vary?.
9. Varieties of Realism.
10. Varieties of Stylization.
Dramatic Interlude.
PART V: Where Is Theatre Now?.
11. Contemporary Voices.
12. Criticism and Connections.
Dramatic Interlude.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133381499
  • ISBN-13: 9781133381495
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  • ISBN-10: 0495901970
  • ISBN-13: 9780495901976
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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.


Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781285463506
Written by Barton and McGregor, this indispensable manual offers learning objectives, chapter outlines, key terms, topics for discussion, suggested activities, Internet resources (web links), teaching tips, and sample test questions (in multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay formats).

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285463551
Cengage Learning's Communication CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Included are Interactive Video Activities, the MindTap® Reader, Speech Builder Express 3.0, Theatre Workshop, audio presentations of the book's Dramatic Interludes, and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website.


CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285463551
The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook and take notes in the MindTap® Reader, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes--online with CourseMate.