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Plays for the Theatre, Enhanced, 11th Edition

  • Oscar G. Brockett University of Texas, Austin
  • Robert J. Ball University of the Incarnate Word
  • ISBN-10: 1133310699  |  ISBN-13: 9781133310693
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
  • List Price = $ 132.95
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Overview

Enhance your understanding and appreciation of theatre by going straight to the source-the play scripts! This anthology includes 14 plays that represent a wide historical range as well as the vibrant diversity of contemporary American theatre. An opening essay sets the context for each play, helping you to read with a more informed and analytical eye. The scripts also serve as a foundation that makes discussions of the various types of theatrical experience in your main text more meaningful.

Features and Benefits

  • The anthology represents a wide historical and cultural range of selections, from seven different countries on four different contents spanning from 500 BC to 2008.
  • An opening essay sets the context for each play, helping students to get more out of the reading by reviewing each piece with an informed and analytical perspective.
  • The anthology represents a wide historical range, from ancient Greece to the modern day, as well as the vibrant diversity of contemporary American theatre.
  • Selections are correlated to synopses of plays that appear in the companion core text, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE, 10e. These synopses prepare students for analyzing the complete pieces by helping them understand basic elements and what to look for as they read. In turn, the scripts serve as a foundation for the main text's explorations of the types of theatrical experience.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Oedipus Rex (English version by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald), by Sophocles.
The Shrine in the Fields (Translated by H. Paul Varley), Attributed to Zeami Motokiyo.
Noah and His Sons (Edited by Oscar G. Brockett), by Anonymous.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare.
Tartuffe (Translated into English Verse by Richard Wilbur), by Molière (Jean Baptiste Poquelin).
A Doll's House (Translated by William Archer with emendations by Oscar G. Brockett), by Henrik Ibsen.
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams.
The Strong Breed, by Wole Soyinka.
True West, by Sam Shepard.
Fences, by August Wilson.
Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner.
How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel.
Lydia (Commissioned and first produced by the Denver Center for the Performing Art, Kent Thompson, Artistic Director), by Octavio Solis.

What's New

  • Three new plays, Sam Shepard's "True West," August Wilson's "Fences," and Tony Kushner's "Angels in America, Part I: Millenium Approaches" have been added to the Anthology.
  • Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape," August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and Steven Dietz's "Becky's New Car" have been removed for this revision of the Anthology.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: The Essential Theatre, 11th + Plays for the Theatre, Enhanced, 11th

ISBN-10: 1305940571 | ISBN-13: 9781305940574

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Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction  (ISBN-10: 1111348316 | ISBN-13: 9781111348311)

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. 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.

List Price = $200.95  | CengageBrain Price = $200.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $150.75

Student Supplements

The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction  (ISBN-10: 1111348316 | ISBN-13: 9781111348311)

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. 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.

List Price = $200.95  | CengageBrain Price = $200.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $150.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Oscar G. Brockett

Oscar G. Brockett will always have an international reputation as a theatre historian. A Distinguished Scholar honoree of the American Society of Theatre Research, he received career achievement awards from both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. In addition, he was a recipient of the Robert Lewis Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Research. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, he taught at several major American universities and at the University of Bristol in England. He also served as president of the American Theatre Association, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, editor of THEATRE JOURNAL, and editorial board member of the ASIAN THEATRE JOURNAL. He held the prestigious University of Texas Z.T. Scott Family Chair in Drama and was director of the Center for Dramatic and Performance Studies for several years. Dr. Brockett authored many articles in leading journals and several books, including HISTORY OF THE THEATRE. At the time of his passing, he was serving as a distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the dean of the Fellows of the American Theatre.

Robert J. Ball

Robert J. Ball has ample experience as a successful teacher of Introduction to Theatre and Theatre Appreciation courses at a number of large and small universities, including Trinity University, the University of Texas, and Vanderbilt University. He is also a practicing actor and director with numerous professional credits in American regional theatres, as well as credits for national and international touring productions. Dr. Ball received his Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas and is currently the chair and artistic director of the Theatre Arts program at the University of the Incarnate Word.