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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 text enhances students' understanding and appreciation of theatre by inviting them to recognize and reflect on its impact on their lives.
- This edition's boxed features cover such new topics as DreamWorks in China and The Handspring Puppet Company. New Media in Theatre boxes discuss recent media performance elements including 3D, theatre apps, and theatre blogs.
- An expanded discussion of Shakespeare discusses his impact on the development of drama, theatre, our language, and the way we define our humanity. There's also updated and expanded material on Stanislavski.
- Additional material on theatre positions and practice includes coverage of puppets and puppetry, the sound designer, the prop master, and the projection designer.
- Chapter 11, "Contemporary Voices," includes new information about the popular Cirque de Soleil, which presents an engaging blend of circus arts and street entertainment.
- A new companion anthology, LIFE THEMES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PLAYS FOR THE THEATRE, contains the scripts to the 12 plays featured in the book's Dramatic Interludes (which compare pairs of classic and contemporary plays). Each play has an extensive introduction focusing on the life and work of the playwright, the play's production history, and the major cultural influences on the creation and impact of the script, as well at its continued contemporary relevance.
- 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. Theatre in Your Life boxes invite students to consider the variety of ways to get involved with the theatre and to explore their interest in each one.
- Learning objectives at the start of each chapter provide students with a roadmap that describes what they should know and be able to do after reading the material.
- Each chapter stands alone and can be assigned in any order. Instructors can also exclude any chapter without losing the sense of the text.
- 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.
- 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.
- A conversational, accessible voice, complemented by examples and humor, speaks directly to readers in a friendly and non-pretentious fashion.
Part I: WHAT IS THEATRE?
Dramatic Interlude: Love. Expansions.
Part II: WHO DOES THEATRE?
3. Storytellers and Stories.
4. Actors and Directors.
Dramatic Interlude: War. Expansions.
6. The Production Team.
Dramatic Interlude: Generations. Expansions.
Part III: HOW DID THEATRE EVOLVE?
7. Early Stages.
8. Middle Stages.
Dramatic Interlude: Rebellion. Expansions.
Part IV: HOW DOES THEATRE VARY?
9. Varieties of Realism.
10. Varieties of Stylization.
Dramatic Interlude: Dreams. Expansions.
Part V: WHERE IS THEATRE NOW?
11. Contemporary Voices.
12. Criticism and Connections.
Dramatic Interlude: Values. Expansions.
Online Instructor's Manual
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).
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