Theatre: The Lively Art 13 9780073514307
Theatre: The Lively Art

Theatre: The Lively Art

Grade Levels: 13
By Edwin Wilson and Alvin Goldfarb
Copyright: 2016
Publication Date: January 14, 2015
MHID: 0073514306
ISBN 13: 9780073514307

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New Features

Available for the first time in Theatre Appreciation, Theatre: The Lively Art is now powered by McGraw-Hill LearnSmart®, an adaptive learning program designed to personalize the learning experience. LearnSmart is proven to help students learn faster, study smarter, and retain more knowledge for greater success. By helping students master core concepts at their own pace, LearnSmart enables instructors to spend more meaningful time in the classroom.

Fueled by McGraw-Hill LearnSmart®, SmartBook® is the first and only adaptive reading experience, designed to change the way students read and learn. SmartBook for Wilson & Goldfarb's Theatre: The Lively Art creates a personalized reading experience by highlighting the most impactful concepts a student needs to learn at that moment in time. This ensures that every minute spent with SmartBook is returned to the student as the most valuable minute possible.

Playing Your Part. A revised and expanded set of critical thinking questions and experiential exercises has been added to each chapter as part of an extended pedagogical program. These questions and exercises not only help students to think critically about what they have read in the chapter, but also help them to connect what they’ve read to their own experiences.

Online Plays. Many of the plays referenced in the text that also appear online are highlighted in blue typeface when first mentioned in a chapter. For continence, the full list of plays and their URLs are alphabetically listed at the end of the book.

For Connect® users, the ReadAnywhere App is a free, downloadable app available on iOS and Android mobile devices. It gives students mobile freedom to access their eBook anywhere, even offline, on their smartphone or tablet. Once chapters are downloaded, students can use the same tools that are available in the eBook. Any notes or highlights they make in the eBook will sync across platforms. Visit for more information.

Key Features

There are 243 production photographs in the 9th edition, of which 151 are new color photos. The vast majority of the photos are not only in full color but generously sized to help students see and appreciate the dynamic and dramatic world of the theatre. The chosen illustrations—both photographs and line drawings—appear in context of the narrative, to help explain and enhance the material.

Photo Essays place students in the audiences of important productions, bringing to life key elements discussed in each Part. These essays provide context for theatre viewing experiences, while highlighting outstanding performances and designs.

Global Cross-Currents boxes, occurring throughout the narrative, highlight specific examples of global influence on theatre. Artists discussed include Peter Brook, Josef Svoboda, Julie Taymor, Bertolt Brecht, and Thornton Wilder.

The Making Connections boxes explore the close relationship between theatre and other forms of popular entertainment through the ages, from the mimes and jugglers of ancient Rome, to the circuses and vaudeville of the nineteenth century, to the rock concerts and theme parks of today.

Timelines are included for each period and country addressed. These timelines have been markedly improved from those in previous editions, with entries much easier to read than before. Each timeline shows landmark events and accomplishments to the social and political arenas on one side and significant theatre events on the other. In addition, photos of key people and events have been added to make the timelines more appealing and informative.

Living History boxed narratives present actual events in theatre history, taking the readers back in time so they have a sense of being in the audience at a performance of Antigone in Athens in 441 B.C.E., or at the premier of Hamlet at the Globe Theatre in London around 1600.

The authors' writing style reinforces a sense of immediacy and personalization. The narrative contains a wealth of information, presented in a manner that makes it vivid and alive.

Theatre: The Lively Art

Part 1. Theatre in Today's World

Chapter 1. Theatre is Everywhere

Chapter 2. The Audience

Part 2. Creating Theatre: The Playwright

Chapter 3. Creating the Dramatic Script

Chapter 4. Theatrical Genres

Part 3. Creating Theatre: The Production

Chapter 5. Acting for the Stage

Chapter 6. The Director and the Producer

Chapter 7. Theatre Spaces

Chapter 8. Scenery

Chapter 9. Stage Costumes

Chapter 10. Lighting and Sound

Part 4. Global Theatres: Past and Present

Chapter 11. Early Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval

Chapter 12. Early Theatre: Asian

Chapter 13. Renaissance Theatres

Chapter 14. Theatre from the Restoration through Romanticism

Chapter 15. The Modern Theatre Emerges

Chapter 16. Today's Diverse Global Theatre

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.

Alvin Goldfarb

Alvin Goldfarb is President and Professor of Theatre at Western Illinois University. Dr. Goldfarb also served as vice president and provost, dean of Fine Arts, and chair of Theatre at Illinois State University. Dr. Goldfarb holds a Ph.D. in theater history from the City University of New York and a master's degree from Hunter College. 
He is the coauthor of Living Theatre:A History and coeditor of The Anthology of Living Theater with Edwin Wilson. Dr. Goldfarb is also the coeditor, with Rebecca Rovit, of Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust: Texts, Documents, Memoirs, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. He has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals and anthologies. 

Dr. Goldfarb served as a member of the Illinois Arts Council and president of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. He has received service awards from the latter organization as well as from the American College Theater Festival. Dr. Goldfarb also received an Alumni Achievement Award from the City University of New York Graduate Center's Alumni Association.