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Modern British Drama: 
The Twentieth CenturyModern British Drama: The Twentieth Century
Christopher Innes
A revised and updated version of Modern British Drama, 1890-1990, now covering the whole twentieth century, this is the first one-volume analysis of English play writing to cover the most exciting and productive period in British theatre from its inception to today. Softcover, 572 pp. $52.95.

Professing PerformanceProfessing Performance
Shannon Jackson
By examining the history of theatre studies and related institutions and by comparing the very different disciplinary interpretations and developments that led to the evolution of performance, Professing Performance offers ways of placing performance theory and performance studies in context. The connection is considered from a range of performance forms such as oratory, theatre, dance, and performance art. Softcover, 254 pp. $36.00.

The Best Plays Theater YearbookThe Best Plays Theater Yearbook

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, editor
The Best Plays Theater Yearbook series continues its long tradition of preserving the history of theater in the United States. For this 86th edition, essays written by noted theater critics and writers celebrate the season and the 10 best plays of 2004-2005. Hardcover, 522 pp. $64.95.

Shaw Festival Production Record Shaw Festival Production Record
1962 - 1999
Denis Johnson and Joan German
With a disposition for the plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, The Shaw Festival is the second largest repertory theatre in North America. Telling The Shaw's story in the form of data, this book details the breadth of choice and the persistent growth of this remarkable theatre company. Softcover, 275 pp. $20.00.

Weasels & WisemenWeasels & Wisemen: Ethics and Ethnicity in the Work of David Mamet
Leslie Kane
David Mamet is considered one of the most prolific and powerful voices in contemporary American theatre. This book is the first major study of Mamet's work to investigate the moral vision and cultural poetics upon which the playwright's vision is founded. Softcover, $26.95.

If Only We Could Know
An Interpretation of ChekhovIf Only We Could Know: An Interpretation of Chekhov
Vladmir Kataev
In this luminous book of criticism, Chekhov's foremost Russian interpreter offers to Western readers a remarkably clear and commanding appraisal of the playwright's work. Those new to Chekhov's work will value the lucid insights, and experienced scholars will appreciate the fresh arguments that Kataev makes. Softcover, 301 pp. $24.95.

Hiding the AudienceHiding the Audience Viewing Arts & Arts Institutions on the Prairies
Frances W. Kaye
This intelligently written book examines how the development of Canadian prairie arts institutions in the context of an implicitly Euro/Anglo-Canadian audience clashed with the creation of regional arts that needed to acknowledge a Native Canadian presence to flourish. A persuasively agrued treatise on viewing arts and arts institutions on the prairies. Softcover, 301 pp. $34.95.

Multi-Media: Video Installation PerformanceMulti-Media: Video Installation Performance
Nick Kaye
Multi-Media charts the development of multi-media video, installation and performance in a unique dialogue between theoretical analysis and specially commmissioned documentations by some of the world's foremost artists. Nick Kaye explores the interdisciplinary history and character of experimental multi-media practice. Softcover, 249 pp. $35.95.

Contemporary Theatres in EuropeContemporary Theatres in Europe: A Critical Companion
Joe Kelleher & Nicholas Ridout
Europe at the turn of the twenty-first century is a place where the practice of theatre still matters. Theatre remains a place and a practice in which pressing questions of political and personal identity, desire, imagination and dissent can be explored. This book offers a series of essays about some of the most interesting theatre currently be made in Europe. It also presents a range of different approaches to the challenge of writing about the experience of theatre and performance.

Greek TragedyGreek Tragedy
H.D.F. Kitto
This classic work not only records developments in the form and style of Greek drama, it also analyses the reasons for these changes. Furthermore, it provides illuminating answers to questions that have confronted students for generations. Greek Tragedy is neither a history nor a handbook, but a penetrating work of criticism which all students of literature will find instructive and stimulating. Softcover, 401 pp. $41.95.

Theatre and Film: A Comparative AnthologyTheatre and Film: A Comparative Anthology
Robert Knopf
This comprehensive anthology assembles, for the first time in more than twenty-five years, essays by and interviews with performers, directors, writers, and critics that examine the complex connection between theatre and film. The text focuses on the evolution of the historical, cultural, and aesthetic relationship between the two media. Softcover, 440 pp. $44.95.

Theatre & InterculturalismTheatre & Interculturalism
Ric Knowles
Interculturalism is an increasingly urgent topic in the twenty-first century. As human traffic between nations increases, it becomes imperative to critically re-examine the way cultural exchange is performed. Theatre & Interculturalism surveys established approaches and asks what it would mean to reconsider intercultural performance, not from the points of view of the colonising cultures, but 'from below' -- from the viewpoints of the historically colonised to the marginalised. Softcover, 95 pp. $11.00. See earlier books in the series.

Reading the Material TheatreReading the Material Theatre
Ric Knowles
Reading the Material Theatre
develops and demonstrates a method of theatrical performance analysis that takes into account the entire theatre experience, from production to reception. Beginning with semiotic and cultural materialist theory, Knowles quickly moves into the detailed politicized analysis of the ways in which specific aspects of theatrical production shape the audience's understanding of what they experience in the theatre. Softcover, 236 pp. $42.00.

The Rise and Fall of an Artists' ColonySoho: The Rise and Fall of an Artists' Colony
Richard Kostelanetz
Told from the point-of-view of an insider, Soho: The Rise and Fall of an Artists' Colony documents how a little-known industrial neighborhood in New York unintentionally became -- for a brief period -- a nexus of creative activity. Reflecting on the major artists and cultural trends of the period, this book provides a long-overdue analysis of this remarkable moment in the history of New York. Hardcover 250 pp. $36.95.

Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950-1980
Andras Balint Kovacs
Casting a fresh light on the renowned films of auteurs such as Antonioni, Fellini, and Bresson, as well as drawing out from the shadows a range of lesser-known works, Screening Modernism is the first comprehensive study of European art cinema's postwar heyday. By exploring not only modernism's cinematic orgins but also its stylistic, thematic, and cultural avatars as well, this book lays out creative new ways to think about the historical periods that comprise this golden age of film. Softcover, 428 pp. $27.00.

Staging AmericaStaging America: Cornerstone and Communit-Based Theater

Sonja Kuftinec
Now in paperback, Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater details how one theatre company's performance-making process has contributed to an ongoing negotiation of American identity. Sonja Kuftinec investigates community-based theatre to trace the historical affiliations of the form and critically examines how community-based theatre both enables and challenges the very notion of "community" as a fixed entity. Softcover, 255 pp. $39.50.

Community Performance: An IntroductionCommunity Performance: An Introduction
Petra Kuppers
Community Performance: An Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible practice-based primer for students and practitioners of community arts, dance and theatre. This book is both a classroom-friendly textbook and a handbook for the practitioner, perfectly answering the needs of a field where teaching is oriented around practice. Softcover, 238 pp. $36.50.

The Community Performance ReaderThe Community Performance Reader
Petra Kuppers & Gwen Robertson
The Community Performance Reader brings together core writings and critical approaches to community performance work, presenting practices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and beyond. This volume offers a complex and comprehensive anthology of key writings in the vibrant field of community performance, spanning dance, theatre and visual practices. Softcover, 283 pp. $41.50.

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The Theatre of Howard BarkerThe Theatre of Howard Barker
Charles Lamb
Through his powerful stage poetry, Howard Barker creates a world peopled by characters who live at the extreme edges of experience -- characters who challenge the very limits of actors' imaginations. In this acclaimed study of Barker's work, which now appears in this fully revised second edition, Charles Lamb sets out to make emotional sense of these characters and of their interactions. Softcover, 228 pp. $38.95.

The Poetry of Greek TragedyThe Poetry of Greek Tragedy
Richmond Lattimore
In this acclaimed work, eminent classicist Richmond Lattimore examines the complex and varied ways in which Greek poetry contributes to Greek drama. Through his analysis, Lattimore offers keen insight into the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes. Softcover 157 pp. $26.95.

Waiting for Godot: Character StudiesWaiting for Godot: Character Studies
Paul Lawley
This book provides an introductory study of Beckett's most famous play, dealing not just with the four main characters but with the pairings that they form, and the implications of these pairings for the very idea of the character of the play. Softcover, 125 pp. $45.00.


Etienne DecrouxEtienne Decroux
Thomas Leabhart
Etienne Decroux is a book that combines an overview of Decroux's life and work; an analysis of Decroux's Words on Mime - the first book to be written about this art--and a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to corporeal mime technique. Softcover, 144 pp. $29.95.

Theatre Studies: The BasicsTheatre Studies: The Basics
Robert Leach
Theatre Studies: The Basics is designed as an introduction to the ever expanding field of theatre and performance studies. It is an indispensible resource for anyone interested in studying theatre in any capacity. It provides an overview of dramatic genres, from ancient tragedy through to modern devised theatre and political documentary drama, an introduction to theatre history and theories of performance and even critical audience studies. Softcover, 194 pp. $18.95.

The King's Theatre CollectionThe King's Theatre Collection

Ballet and Italian Opera in London 1706-1883
Morris S. Levy & John Milton Ward
This publication of the first volume of the John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection is devoted to the opera and ballet performed at the King's Theatre, London. The detailed text is supplemented by a cornucopia of scores, librettos, manuscripts, books, playbills and ephemera illustrative of the role played by the King's Theatre in the cultural life of London.

Stages of EvilStages of Evil

Robert Lima
Stages of Evil is the first book to examine the representation and relationship of evil and the occult from the prehistoric orgins of drama through to the present day. Drawing on examples of magic, astronomy, demonology, possession, exorcism, fairies, vampires, witchcraft, hauntings, and voodoo, author Robert Lima explores how theatre shaped American and European perceptions of the occult and how the dramatic works studied here reflect society back upon itself at different points in history. Hardcover, 329 pp. $78.95.

Chekhov: The Cherry OrchardChekhov: The Cherry Orchard
James N. Loehlin
Chekhov's masterpiece, about a Russian family losing its ancestral home, combines a lament for a vanishing past with a hopeful dream of the future. In the century since its first performance, The Cherry Orchard has undergone a wide range of conflicting interpretations: tragic and comic, naturalistic and symbolic, reactionary and radical. This study traces the performance history of one of the landmark plays of the modern theatre. Considering the work of such directors as Anatoly Efros, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Brook, and Peter Stein, Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard explores the way different artists, periods, and cultures have reinvented Chekhov's poignant comedy of failure and hope. Softcover, 245 pp. $28.95.

Theatre Under The NazisTheatre Under The Nazis
John London, editor
Many questions arise when one considers theatre in Germany during the period 1933 - 1945. How did famous directors react to the strictures of the new regime? Why were Shakespeare and Shaw among the most performed dramatists of the time? Why did the Nazis sanction Jewish theatre? This is the first book to appear in English about theatre from the entire Nazi period. Based on stastistical analysis, contemporary press reports, research in German archives and interviews with surviving playwrights, performers and musicians, this is a much needed guide to a neglected area of European culture. Softcover, Illus., 356 pp, $35.95.

In Search of Duende In Search of Duende
Federico Garcia Lorca
Compiled on the centenary of his birth, this little book gathers Lorca's writings about the duende and about three of the art forms most susceptible to it: dance, cante jondo, and the bullfight. A full bilingual sampling of Lorca's best poetry is also included, with special attention to poems that arise from traditional Spanish verse forms, "bound", as Lorca says, "to the earth, all thistles and terminal stones." Softcover, 113 pp. $12.50.

Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author
Jennifer Lorch
Since its explosive premiere in Rome in 1921, Six Characters in Search of an Author has gained worldwide recognition. From its premiere up until the present, Pirandello's challenge to the very notion of stage representation has been mounted by countless leading directors of the modern stage. In this illuminating monograph, Jennifer Lorch provides a detailed historical and critical analysis of this veritable theatre classic. Softcover, 257 pp. $47.95.

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