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Plays for the Theatre, Enhanced 11th Edition

Oscar G. Brockett, Robert J. Ball

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2008, 2004
  • 656 Pages

Overview

Enhance your course with plays in this companion anthology to Brockett/Ball's THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE, Enhanced 10e. The 14 plays are correlated to play synopses provided in the main text. These plays represent a wide historical range as well as the vibrant diversity of contemporary American theatre. An opening essay sets the context for each play.

Oscar G. Brockett, University of Texas, Austin

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, University of the Incarnate Word

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Instructor’s Resource Manual

ISBN: 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: 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!

FOR STUDENTS

CourseMate Instant Access, Enhanced

ISBN: 9781285080840
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.