The Creative Spirit

The Creative Spirit : An Introduction to Theatre

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This introductory text provides coverage of the broad range of contemporary theatre and includes complete scripts of five plays: August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone", Wakako Yamauchi's "And the Soul Shall Dance", Tony Kushner's "Angels in America", Marsha Norman's "Getting Out", and Sam Shepard's "Buried Child". The text emphasizes the collaborative and creative processes that go into productions, and includes interviews with theatre artists.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 509 pages
  • 185.4 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 861.84g
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • colour illustrations, references, index
  • 0767417038
  • 9780767417037

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Table of contents

PART I. THE NATURE OF THEATRE 1. The Impulse to Perform Personal Performance / Community Performance / Professional Performance: Four Stories 2. Theatre and Society The Power of the Theatre / Theatre and Religious Festivals / The Greek Theatre: Athens, Fifth Century, B.C.E. / The Medieval Mystery Cycle / The Professional Theatre / The Elizabethan Theatre / The Beijing Opera of China / Theatre As a Mirror of Society / Theatre and Social Change / The Sustaining Power of the Theatre: Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo PART II. THE NATURE OF THE DRAMA 3. The Playwright's Vision: Looking at Joe Turner's Come and Gone, by August Wilson Exploring the Text of Joe Turner's Come and Gone / Plot and Characters: A Meeting of Two Worlds / Historical and Cultural Contexts of the Play / The Playwright's Sources / The Complete Text of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, by August Wilson / Producing Joe Turner's Come and Gone / The Construction of Meaning Through Collaboration / The Oregon Shakespeare Festival / The Actors at Work / Staging the Juba / Expanding the Stage Image: The Work of the Designers / Conclusion: History and Meaning in Joe Turner's Come and Gone 4. Understanding Style: Realism Introduction to Realism / Origins of Realism / The Social Background of Realism / European Realism / American Realism / Constantin Stanislavsky and Realistic Acting 5. Expressing a Worldview Through Realism: Looking at And the Soul Shall Dance, by Wakako Yamauchi Exploring the Text of And the Soul Shall Dance / Plot and Characters / Personal, Cultural, and Historical Contexts of the Play / Evoking a World Through Detail / The Complete Text of And the Soul Shall Dance, by Wakako Yamauchi / Producing And the Soul Shall Dance / East West Players / Staging the Play / Contrasting Productions: East West Players and the Northwest Asian American Theatre 6. Understanding Style: Theatricalism Exposing the Mechanics of Theatre / Expressionism / Theatre of the Absurd / A Revolution in Movement: Martha Graham / Total Theatre: Robert Wilson 7. Expressing a Worldview Through Theatricalism: Looking at Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, by Tony Kushner Exploring the Text of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches / Plot and Characters: A World in Spiritual Collapse / Influences on Kushner as Playwright: Bertolt Brecht and Caryl Churchill / The Historical Framework of Angels in America / The Complete Text of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner / Producing Angels in America / The Eureka Theatre and the Playwright 8. The Elements of Drama and Dramatic Structure Fundamental Elements of Structure / The Organization of the Drama in Space and Time 9. Dramatic Structure: The Divided Character: Looking at Getting Out, by Marsha Norman Exploring the Text of Getting Out / Personal and Cultural Contexts for the Play / Plot and Characters / Form and Meaning / The Complete Text of Getting Out / Producing Getting Out / Actors Theatre of Louisville / The Actors and the Divided Character: Playing Arlie and Arlene 10. Genre Introduction to Genre / Tragedy and Comedy / Melodrama / Tragicomedy / Farce PART III. THE NATURE OF PERFORMANCE: THE THEATRE PRACTITIONERS 11. The Art of the Actor The Presence of the Actor / The Actor's Craft / The Work of the Actor / Approaches to Acting / The Performance / Theatre and Film / Becoming an Actor 12. The Director The History of the Director / Approaches to Directing / The Director at Work / Working with the Actors / Staging the Play / Preparing the Play for Performance / The Director's Training 13. The Designers Stagecraft and the Theatre / The Theatrical Space / Meetings and Interactions / The History of Scene Design / Scene Design Today / Costume Design / Lighting Design / The Growing Prominence of Sound Design 14. The Musical Theatre Origins of Musical Theatre in America / The Broadway Theatre / New Directions for the Musical Theatre 15. The Project: Looking at Buried Child, by Sam Shephard Preparing a Production / Buried Child and Alternative Play Choices / Working on the Project / Project Assignments / Conclusion / The Complete Text of Buried Child / Two Reviews of Buried Child
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