Higher Education

Drama Essentials: An Anthology of Plays, 1st Edition

  • Matthew Roudané Georgia State University
  • ISBN-10: 0618474773  |  ISBN-13: 9780618474776
  • 720 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.25



Spanning from the Golden Age of Greece to the present, this compact, affordable anthology of 14 plays provides a narrative representation of the evolution of theatre. The collection offers a balanced mix of plays commonly taught in introductory literature and plays authored by international and minority writers, such as Paula Vogel, not found in other brief anthologies. Students gain a critical appreciation for the art of dramatic writing by reading a diverse range of writers across the history of theatre.

Features and Benefits

  • An engaging general introduction includes a brief overview of the theater and a history of drama from an international perspective.
  • Writing about Drama, a separate introduction, helps students write effectively about plays by covering topics such as audience, context, and citation; the section includes a sample annotated student essay.
  • A comprehensive headnote accompanies each selection to give students a background from which to consider the playwright and the play.
  • Three appendices--a glossary of dramatic terms, a film adaptations bibliography, and a general bibliography that serves as a starting point for further research--support students.

Table of Contents

Introductory Materials
A Brief Overview of World Theater
Reading and Writing About Drama
The Plays
Sophocles, Antigonê
Willaim Shakespeare, Hamlet
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Edward Albee, The Zoo Story
David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross
Harold Pinter, The Dumb Waiter
Gao Xingjian, Dialogue and Rebuttal
Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
Suzan-Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog
Glossary of Dramatic Terms
Selected Audio and Video Resources
Selected Bibliography