The Theatre Experience 13 9780073514277
The Theatre Experience

The Theatre Experience

Grade Levels: 13
By Edwin Wilson
Copyright: 2015
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
MHID: 0073514276
ISBN 13: 9780073514277

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New Features

“Playing Your Part” features in each chapter consist of two sets of critical thinking questions:

  • “Experiencing Theatre” activities help students actively to engage with the concepts of the text. These exercises ask students to undertake activities within the classroom or to understand how aspects of their everyday lives connect to core concepts discussed in the text.
  • “Thinking about Theatre” questions challenge students to analyse and examine elements of a theatre experience.

    New “In Focus” features include two categories:

  • “Global Connections” present the global reach and influences of theatre from various cultures. Topics include Augusto Boal's “Theatre of the Oppressed” (Chapter 1), Asian influences on the playwrights Brecht and Wilder (Chapter 6), and global influences on Julie Taymor (Chapter 12),
  • “Historical Perspectives” features bring relevant topics about the past to life: women in Greek and Elizabethan theatres, performers' status at different points in time, the evolution of the director.

  • Key Features

    The global, universal nature of theatre takes center stage in a number of new sections and features. This edition takes students around the globe and across time to demonstrate the universality of theatrical expression, whether on stage or through rituals. In addition to the chapter on Today's Global Theatre, Global Cross-Current boxes build on these themes by highlighting influential practitioners.

    New coverage of postmodern and non-text-based theatre productions provide students with insights into contemporary theatre movements.

    Updated Online Leaning Center offers a wealth of additional student and instructor resources, including an electronic version of the McGraw-Hill Theatergoer's Guide and a detailed glossary of Major Theatrical Forms and Movements. There are also self-tests and internet activities that help students to evaluate their understanding of the concepts in each chapter.

    Engages students by putting them in the audience and showing them that as audience members they are active participants in the performance which helps to open their eyes to theater and to the impact of live performance.

    A superb, colorful, and comprehensive photo illustration program engages students and faculty with striking contemporary images and examples, as well as historical context, to demonstrate the diverse range of productions.

    Historical Perspective boxes emphasize historical context where appropriate, providing students with the background necessary to understand everything from classic to avant-garde productions.

    Dynamics of Drama boxes illustrate difficult theatre concepts throughout the text, making it easier for students to understand and apply them as audience members.

    Learning Solutions Best Bet: 1. Add Plays - There are 65 plays in CREATE that can be used to create a reader or bind the plays into the current text. 2. Theatre Goer's Guide - Attending a live performance is central to this course. Best bind options are chapters 1 & 2 from this guide. Chapter 1 provides audience etiquette on what to expect while chapter 2 helps students construct a Theatre Report (a common writing assignment).

    "The Audience's Response" boxes feature critical-thinking questions that challenge students to apply the concepts from each chapter to their own experiences as audience members. Whether they attend local, university, or Broadway productions, students can use these questions to gain a framework for responding to the productions they attend.

    The Theatre Experience

    PART ONE:The Audience

    Chapter 1:The Audience: Its Role and Imagination

    Chapter 2:The Background and Expectations of the Audience

    Chapter 3:Theatre Spaces:The Audience Views the Stage

    PART TWO:The Performers and the Director

    Chapter 4:Acting

    Chapter 5:The Director and the Producer

    PART THREE:The Playwright and the Play

    Chapter 6:Creating the World of the Play

    Chapter 7:Dramatic Structure and Dramatic Characters

    Chapter 8:Theatrical Genres

    PART FOUR:The Designers

    Chapter 9:Scenery

    Chapter 10:Stage Costumes

    Chapter 11:Lighting and Sound

    PART FIVE:The Theatre Today

    Chapter 12:Musical Theatre

    Chapter 13:Global Theatre Today

    Chapter 14:Contemporary Theatre in the United States

    About the Author

    Edwin Wilson

    Ed Wilson attended Vanderbilt, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University where he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. He has taught at Vanderbilt, Yale, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Most recently he has been Executive Director of the Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author or co-author of three of the most widely used college theater textbooks in the U. S. The tenth edition of his pioneer book, The Theater Experience was published in 2006 by McGraw-Hill. The sixth edition of his text Theater: The Lively Art (co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) will be published by McGraw Hill in theDecember, 2006. The fourth edition of his theater history, Living Theatre: Histories of Theatre, (also co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) will be published in December, 2006. He is also the editor of Shaw on Shakespeare, recently re-issued by Applause Books.

    He has produced plays on and off Broadway and served one season as the resident director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. He also produced a feature film, The Nashville Sound, recently made available on DVD. He is the author of two original plays, a farce, The Bettinger Prize, and a play about Ponce de Leon, Waterfall. He wrote the book and lyrics for a musical version of Great Expectations. All three have been given a series of successful readings in New York City and elsewhere. Great Expectations was given a full production for three weeks in February and March, 2006, at the Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. He conceived the idea of a musical revue of the songs of Jerome Kern which had a well-received try-out production in the fall of 2004 at Catholic University in Washington, D. C.
    Ed has served a number of times on the Tony Nominating Committee and the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury, most recently on the Pulitzer Jury in 2003. For twenty two years he was the theater critic of the Wall Street Journal. A long time member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, he was president of the Circle for several years. He is on the board of the John Golden Fund and was also for many years on the Board of the Theater Development Fund, of which he served as President.