Color: The Lively Art is four-color throughout. Additionally, the entire illustration program has been revised to include photos from current productions and impress upon students the vibrance and diversity of the theater.
Photo Essay: From the Illinois Shakespeare Festival production of All's Well That Ends Well, this new feature documents the process of creating a piece for the theater from the building of the set through the closing curtain.
Theater History: Unlike The Theater Experience, The Lively Art includes coverage of the historical evolution of the theater in addition to the coverage of theatrical elements. Timeline of Each Historical Period: As in the Third Edition, the Fourth includes timelines of each period (Greco-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, etc . . .) that illustrate the relationship between theatrical developments and cultural and historical events.
Living History: To further enrich the historical sections of The Lively Art, each is introduced with a narrative description of attending a performance of the period. These sections give students an appreciation of the historical development of the experience of the theater, in addition to the development of the form and content.
Play Synopses: Another popular supplement to the historical information is the synopses of plays from each period. Among the plays included are Sophocles' "King Oedipus," Kiyotsugo's "Sotoba Komachi," Molière's "Tartuffe," Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children," and Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun."
Getting Started in the Theater: A popular and retained feature of previous editions, these boxed sections include first-person descriptions by actors, designers, directors, and others of their introduction to, first jobs in, and love for, the theater.
Coverage of Traditional Asian Theater: Addressing the three major Asian theatrical traditions--those of India, China, and Japan--The Lively Art describes the performance techniques, spaces, forms, and styles that define each.