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Modern British Drama:
The Twentieth Century
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.
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.
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
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 & Wisemen:
Ethics and Ethnicity in the Work of David Mamet
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.
If Only We Could Know: An Interpretation of Chekhov
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.
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 Performance
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 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.
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.
and Film: A Comparative Anthology
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.
Theatre & Interculturalism
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.
the Material Theatre
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.
Soho: The Rise and Fall of an Artists'
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, 1950-1980
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.
America: Cornerstone and Communit-Based Theater
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
community-based theatre to trace the historical affiliations of the
form and critically examines how community-based theatre both enables
the very notion of "community" as
a fixed entity. Softcover, 255 pp. $39.50.
Community Performance: An Introduction
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 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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