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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.
- 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.
A Brief Overview of World Theater
Reading and Writing About Drama
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