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The Essential Theatre

The Essential Theatre
Author: Oscar G. Brockett - Robert J. Ball
ISBN 13: 9780495807971
ISBN 10: 495807974
Edition: 10
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2009-12-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $248.95

The Tenth Edition of THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE will inspire readers to become excited about theatre. The combined authorship of an authoritative theatre historian and his former student, an active theatre historian himself, provide an excellent understanding of the origins and development of the theatre—ideal for an introductory theatre course. In the 35 years since it was first published, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in academia. Now in a new full-color format with many representations of current and classic performances, this book will encourage readers to become active theatergoers and fans. THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE, 10e, works in tandem with its companion anthology, PLAYS FOR THEATRE, 10. The scripts in PLAYS serve as a foundation for discussion of the various types of theatrical experience explored in the book.


An introduction to theater displaying the diversity and richness of stage productions from Ancient Greece to the multimedia designs of Josef Svoboda. The new edition travels the spectrum of playwriting and production, the foundations of the craft, its manifestations in Elizabethan drama and African American projects, and the elements of theatrical space and production design, playwriting, directing, acting, costume design, lighting, sound, and new mixed media experiments. Brockett (U. of Texas, Austin) returns to 14 seminal plays to illustrate examples in the text, providing exceptional continuity. Includes photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)