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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.
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.