Brings theatre to life for students by showing the relationship and relevance of the performing arts to their everyday lives The Enjoyment of Theatre's balanced coverage of performance and history provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to theatre for both majors and nonmajors. This text establishes the aesthetic underpinnings of theatre art and then explores performance and production topics such as playwriting, acting, directing, design, and the theatre industry. The Enjoyment of Theatre also covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history. The authors make theatre come alive for students by showing them how theatre is relevant to their everyday lives. Learning Goals: Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Understand today's theatre and the social impact of the theatre since its inception Explore theatre's cultural and economic context
"The Enjoyment of Theatre's" balanced coverage of performance and history provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to theatre for both majors and non-majors. This text covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history as well as performance/production topics such as playwriting, acting, directing, and the theatre industry. The 6th Edition features major revisions while continuing to bring students the expertise of a proven author team--one whose strong academic credentials combine with a wealth of theatre experience. Cameron and Gillespie make theatre come alive for all students by showing them how theatre is, and will continue to be, relevant to their everyday lives. New and Notable Features: " Offers a balance of history and performance to give students a context for understanding today's theatre and the social impact of the theatre since its inception. Features two 16-page color inserts with new color photographs of Broadway productions by New York's finest theatrical photographers bringing Broadway to life for students. New and unique "Explore Theatre: A Backstage Pass" is a peer-to-peer, interactive, DVD learning tool (available in a free package with the text) developed by students for students under the direction of an award winning teacher of theatre. Seventeen major content areas (director, actor, costume designer, etc.) are covered, with an eye towards introducing students to the people and processes that make theatre happen. Emphasizes theatre's cultural and economic context in extensively revised chapters throughout the book, to sugest how forces outside the theatre influence it. Integrates material on world theatre throughout the text rather than discussing it in a separate chapter. Includes new "Story of the Play"discussions that summarize some of the great plays that are used as examples in the book for students.
"This streamlined, engaging text helps students understand the events, places and people that have influenced the history of theatre... Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Identify the major time periods and geographic areas associated with the history of theatre; Distinguish relevant characteristics of theatre in diverse times and places; Describe the underlying cultural, economic, and political environments as they affected theatre in different times and places; Associate major participants who made theatre within their historical and regional context."--Publisher description.
For decades roughly 80 percent of commercial Broadway productions have failed to recoup their original investments. In light of this shocking and harsh reality, how does the show go on? Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson answer this question and many others in this updated edition of their popular, straightforward guide to understanding professional theater finances and the economic realities of theater production. This revised edition of Stage Money not only includes the latest financial information and illuminating examples of key concepts; it has been enhanced with a discussion of the stagehands' union plus a new chapter on marketing for the theater. These new elements combined with the essentials of the first edition create an expansive overview of the contemporary theater business. Stage Money is designed for theater enthusiasts and professionals interested in understanding the inner workings of this industry today and its challenges for the future. Ken Davenport, two-time Tony Award winner, Broadway and Off Broadway theater producer, blogger, writer, and owner of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises writer, offers a foreword.
The Purpose and Aim of Drama -- What is a Play -- Conflict: the Essence of Drama -- Structure of a Play -- Tragedy -- Comedy -- Serious Drama, Comedy Drama, and Other Tupes -- Literary Movements and Reality in Drama -- How to Judge a Play.
Theater Careers is designed to empower aspiring theater professionals to make savvy, informed decisions through a concise overview of how to prepare for and find work in the theater business. Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson offer well-researched information on various professions, salary ranges, educational and experience requirements, and other facets certain to enlighten students contemplating a theater career, as well as inform counselors, teachers, and parents of available opportunities and the demands of each path. Theater Careers offers valuable details not readily available elsewhere, including dozens of informative job descriptions surveying the impressive variety of theater careers, both on and off the stage as well as statistics on the working and earning prospects of various careers as drawn from the best sources in the business. The authors also provide thoughtful assessments of the value of education and training choices, including the most meaningful way to look at the costs of college—estimating net costs, which is seldom described elsewhere—and how to choose a school. Straightforward and objective, Theater Careers is an ideal reference for those seeking careers in the theater. Armed with this information, readers will be better equipped to pursue choices that best lead to satisfying and secure employment in the rewarding field of the dramatic arts.
‘A magnificently readable tour of theatrical history conducted by our best-informed living critic.’ Michael Billington From 458 BC and the first performance of Aeschylus’ Oresteia on an Athenian hillside, to 2009 AD and Jez Butterworth’s astonishing Jerusalem at London’s Royal Court Theatre, here is an expert guide to the seminal, pivotal, and transcendent moments in theatre history. ‘Benedict is one of the freshest and most vivid writers on theatre.’ Janet Suzman ‘Benedict has been the leading theatre critic of his generation and has written for The Times for twenty years, setting the standard by which the great performances and productions are judged. People onstage, backstage and in the audience have come to trust his every observation and judgement delivered with style, humour and passion.’ James Harding, Editor, The Times ‘Benedict Nightingale’s characteristically witty, insightful and enthusiastic reports make you wish you’d been sitting next to him during his greatest moments in the theatre.’ Ian McKellen ‘I’ve known Benedict Nightingale for more than fifty years over which time he has become one of the Theatre’s most distinguished and influential commentators. He writes with style, perspective and wit, and with a deep knowledge of his subject. In turn he is greatly admired by the theatre profession and, as importantly, by his readers and the audiences who trust the fairness of his opinions.’ Sir Peter Hall