Higher Education

The Essential Theatre, Enhanced, 10th Edition

  • Oscar G. Brockett University of Texas, Austin
  • Robert J. Ball University of the Incarnate Word
  • ISBN-10: 1133307280  |  ISBN-13: 9781133307280
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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About

Overview

Engage your students and get them excited about theatre with the Enhanced Tenth Edition of THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE. The combined authorship of an authoritative theatre historian and his former student--an active theatre practitioner and historian himself--makes this book ideal for an introductory theatre course. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in academia. With vibrant and numerous representations of current and classic performances, this text encourages students to become active theatergoers and fans. A companion anthology, PLAYS FOR THEATRE, Enhanced 10e, contains scripts that serve as a foundation for discussion of the various types of theatrical experience explored in the text.

Features and Benefits

  • The text introduces students to many aspects of theatre as a form of art, including critical approaches to theatre, script analysis, the various forms that theatre has taken in the past and the present, and a description of how each of the theatre's arts functions as a part of the total production.
  • Integrated synopses of plays--referencing those that appear in the companion anthology--prepare students for analyzing the complete pieces by identifying basic elements and highlighting things to look for when reading. In turn, the complete scripts serve as a foundation for the text's explorations of the types of theatrical experience.
  • Categorized, color-coded boxes bring the theatre to life by highlighting a variety of people, practices, concepts, and events related to the historical and contemporary theatre.
  • "Theatre in a Broad Context" timelines in many chapters to help provide cultural and historical context to the changes and developments in the theatre.
  • Complete scripts of fourteen in-depth examples cited in the text are included in the companion anthology, PLAYS FOR THE THEATRE, Enhanced Tenth Edition. Plays for the theatre has been updated with three new plays, August Wilson's "Fences," "Tony Kushner's "Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches," and Sam Shepard's "True West."
  • For the first time, The Essential Theatre will be offered with a robust CourseMate, include a downloadable ebook version of the text.

Table of Contents

Preface.
PART I: FOUNDATIONS.
1. The Nature of Theatre.
2. The Audience and Criticism.
3. The Play.
PART II: Varieties of Theatrical Experience.
4. Festival Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experiences.
5. Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia dell'Arte, and Seventeenth-Century France.
6. From Romanticism to Realism.
7. Modernism and Its Effect: 1885–1960.
8. Decentralization and Subsidization: New Directions.
9. Contemporary Theatre and Its Diversity.
10. Asian and African Theatre.
PART III: THEATRICAL PRODUCTION.
11. Theatrical Space and Production Design.
12. Playwriting and Dramaturgy.
13. Directing and Producing.
14. Acting.
15. Scene Design.
16. Costume Design and Makeup.
17. Lighting and Sound Design.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.

What's New

  • Expanded versions of the "Theatre in a Broad Context" timelines to help students situate theatrical events and developments within a larger historical context. A timeline has been added to cover Asian and African theatre in Chapter 10.
  • The material in Part 2 has been reorganized to make the historical overview of Theatre's many expressions more clear, as Chapters 7, 8 and 9 now feature increased attention to the major playwrights of the modern and contemporary periods and all plays include a date of first production, thereby offering a clearer sense of context.
  • The examination of the differences between the early modernist movements of realism, symbolism, expressionism, surrealism, futurism, and dadaism bas been places in a feature box that contrasts all the different features of each.
  • Chapters 13-17 have been revised to include a series of questions to help students attending a performance more fully consider and analyze the work of the different theatre artists.
  • More "Practitioners and Theorists" boxes have been added to the later chapters to give students more perspectives on the different kinds of designers - scene, costume and makeup.
  • At least 30 images have been added, and create a brighter, more contemporary and contextual setting.

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.

Printed Text + CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN-10: 1305123573  | ISBN-13: 9781305123571

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Printed Text + General MindLink for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

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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.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285080459 | ISBN-13: 9781285080451)

The Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. This helpful manual includes a chapter-by-chapter variety of activities to correspond to the concepts presented in the core text. Each chapter includes terminology, chapter outlines, discussion questions, quiz questions, and suggested activities. All activities and exercises have been class-tested for optimal effectiveness in the classroom.

CourseMate Instant Access, Enhanced  (ISBN-10: 128508084X | ISBN-13: 9781285080840)

Cengage Learning's Theatre CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook, including Theatre Workshop. Theatre Workshop is a series of activities that include clips and images from live theatre performances, accompanied by critical thinking questions. In addition to interactive teaching and learning tools, CourseMate includes an interactive eBook. Students can take notes, highlight, and search. Use it as a supplement to the printed text, or as a substitute—the choice is your students' with CourseMate. Theatre CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

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Theatregoer's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1111827427 | ISBN-13: 9781111827427)

This brief introduction to attending and critiquing dramatic performances enhances the first-time theatre-goer's experience and appreciation of theatre as a living art. Available to be packaged with each new copy of the text.

List Price = $19.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $15.00

Writing About Theatre and Drama  (ISBN-10: 053462913X | ISBN-13: 9780534629137)

Combining basic composition and critical inquiry into the discipline of theatre, WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA meets the fundamental needs of beginning theatre students to learn the unique and varied forms of theatre and drama in their role in our cultural heritage. Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

List Price = $106.95  | CengageBrain Price = $106.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.25

Cengage Advantage Books: A Pocketful of Plays: Vintage Drama, Volume I, Revised Edition  (ISBN-10: 1413015573 | ISBN-13: 9781413015577)

A POCKETFUL OF PLAYS: VINTAGE DRAMA contains six plays: TRIFLES, by Susan Glaspell; OEDIPUS THE KING, by Sophocles; HAMLET, by William Shakespeare; A DOLL'S HOUSE, by Henrik Ibsen; THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams; and A RAISIN IN THE SUN, by Lorraine Hansberry. The plays include source materials to encourage further discussion and analysis. Among these enhancements are author's comments, biographical and critical commentaries, and reviews of actual productions.

List Price = $20.95  | CengageBrain Price = $20.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $15.75

Cengage Advantage Books: Pocketful of Plays: Vintage Drama, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 1413011330 | ISBN-13: 9781413011333)

A POCKETFUL OF PLAYS: VINTAGE DRAMA contains nine plays: Sophocles' ANTIGONE, William Shakespeare's OTHELLO, August Strindberg's MISS JULIE (one act), Anton Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Edward Albee's THE SANDBOX (one act), Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST, Wendy Wasserstein's TENDER OFFER (one act), Milcha Sanchez Scott's THE CUBAN SWIMMER, and Jane Martin's BEAUTY (one act). The plays include source materials to encourage further discussion and analysis. Among these enhancements are author's comments, biographical and critical commentaries, and reviews of actual productions. A new addition to David Madden's POCKETFUL series (including titles in fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay), this chronologically arranged anthology contains several classic longer plays as well as four one-act plays, included to create a mini one-act anthology, spanning a range of time. Because one-act plays are shorter, they are easier and faster to teach-a real benefit of this anthology. Rather than annotations, the author has included a question set specific to one-act plays for use as guidance throughout reading. The plays are accompanied by critical source material to help students understand the playwright and/or play. This source material includes the playwright's notes and/or a review of a specific production of the play.

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Student Supplements

LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128576353X | ISBN-13: 9781285763538)

List Price = $157.00  | CengageBrain Price = $157.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.00

CourseMate Instant Access, Enhanced  (ISBN-10: 128508084X | ISBN-13: 9781285080840)

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 via an interactive eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—online with CourseMate. Your CourseMate also comes with Theatre Workshop, a series of activities that include clips and images from live theatre performances, accompanied by critical thinking questions.

List Price = $157.00  | CengageBrain Price = $157.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.00

Theatregoer's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1111827427 | ISBN-13: 9781111827427)

This brief introduction to attending and critiquing dramatic performances enhances the first-time theatre-goer's experience and appreciation of theatre as a living art.

List Price = $19.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $15.00

Writing About Theatre and Drama  (ISBN-10: 053462913X | ISBN-13: 9780534629137)

WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA covers everything from matters of style to forms of essays used in writing about theater. Beginning with a discussion of the theatrical review, the text covers the forms of essays used in writing about theatre, research, matters of style, structure, and vocabulary.

List Price = $106.95  | CengageBrain Price = $106.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.25

Cengage Advantage Books: A Pocketful of Plays: Vintage Drama, Volume I, Revised Edition  (ISBN-10: 1413015573 | ISBN-13: 9781413015577)

A POCKETFUL OF PLAYS: VINTAGE DRAMA contains six plays: TRIFLES, by Susan Glaspell; OEDIPUS THE KING, by Sophocles; HAMLET, by William Shakespeare; A DOLL'S HOUSE, by Henrik Ibsen; THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams; and A RAISIN IN THE SUN, by Lorraine Hansberry. The plays include source materials to encourage further discussion and analysis. Among these enhancements are author's comments, biographical and critical commentaries, and reviews of actual productions.

List Price = $20.95  | CengageBrain Price = $20.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $15.75

Cengage Advantage Books: Pocketful of Plays: Vintage Drama, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 1413011330 | ISBN-13: 9781413011333)

VINTAGE DRAMA contains nine plays: Sophocles' ANTIGONE, William Shakespeare's OTHELLO, August Strindberg's MISS JULIE (one act), Anton Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Edward Albee's THE SANDBOX (one act), Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST, Wendy Wasserstein's TENDER OFFER (one act), Milcha Sanchez Scott's THE CUBAN SWIMMER, and Jane Martin's BEAUTY (one act). The plays include source materials to encourage further discussion and analysis. Among these enhancements are author's comments, biographical and critical commentaries, and reviews of actual productions.

List Price = $20.95  | CengageBrain Price = $20.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $15.75

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.