Theatre As Human Action: An Introduction To Theatre Arts by Thomas S. HischakTheatre As Human Action: An Introduction To Theatre Arts by Thomas S. Hischak

Theatre As Human Action: An Introduction To Theatre Arts

byThomas S. Hischak

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Most introductory theatre textbooks are written for theatre majors and assume the student already has a considerable amount of knowledge on the subject. However, such textbooks may be counterproductive, because they reference several works that may be unfamiliar to students with limited exposure to theatre. Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts, Second Edition is designed for the college student who may be unacquainted with many plays and has seen a limited number of theatre productions. Focusing primarily on four plays, this textbook aims to inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in the art form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare the student to be a more informed and critical theatregoer.In addition to looking at both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts-from the nature of theatre and drama to how it reflects society-the author also explains the processes that playwrights, actors, designers, directors, producers, and critics go through. The four plays central to this book are the tragedy Macbeth, the landmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, the contemporary rock musical Rent, and-new to this edition-the American comedy classic You Can't Take It with You. At the beginning of the text, each play is described with plot synopses (and suggested video versions), and then these four representative works are referred to throughout the book.This second edition also features revised chapters throughout, including expanded and updated material on the technical aspects of theatre, the role of the audience and critic, and the diversity of theatre today. Structured into nine chapters, each looking at a major area or artist-and concluding with the audience and the students themselves-the unique approach of Theatre as Human Action thoroughly addresses all of the major topics to be found in an introduction to theatre text.

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Thomas S. Hischak is an internationally recognized author, director, and teacher in the performing arts. He is the author of twenty-five books about theatre, film, and popular music, including The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia, Off-Broadway Musicals since 1919, The Disney Song Encycl...
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Title:Theatre As Human Action: An Introduction To Theatre ArtsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 10.09 × 6.96 × 0.65 inPublished:February 26, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and CreditsIntroduction1 THE THEATRETheatre vs. DramaThe Theatre ExperienceTheatre as ChangeTheatre ConventionsTheatre Is PluralFour Theatre Events2 THE PLAYThe ScriptAbout Four ScriptsThe Elements of DramaTypes of DramaDramatic Structure3 THE PLAYWRIGHTThe BlueprintMeet the PlaywrightsThe Germinal IdeaThe Playwright's ProcessEvaluating the Playwright's WorkThe Business of PlaywritingMeet Fifteen American Playwrights4 THE PLAY PERFORMERS: THE ACTORSActing vs. Role PlayingActing as an Art and a CraftA Brief History of ActingTheories of ActingAn Actor's ToolsThe Actor's ProcessThe Business of ActingEvaluating the Actor5 THE PLAY MAKERS: THE DIRECTOR AND THE PRODUCERBehind the ScenesThe Art of DirectingTheatre StylesA Brief History of DirectingThe Directing ProcessThe Business of DirectingEvaluating the Director andChoreographerThe ProducerThe Business of Producing6 THE PLAY BUILDERS I: THEATRE ARCHITECTURE AND SCENIC DESIGNERSTheatre ArchitectureScenic DesignThe Scenic Designer's Process7 THE PLAY BUILDERS II: OTHER DESIGNERSCostume DesignThe Costume Designer's ProcessLighting DesignA Brief History of Theatre LightingThe Function and Elements of Theatre LightingThe Lighting Designer's ProcessSound DesignTheatre PropertiesMakeup in the TheatreNew TechnologyThe Business of Theatre DesignEvaluating Theatre Design8 THE PLAYGOERS I: THE AUDIENCETheatre TodayWhere Theatre HappensAlternative TheatreTheatre of DiversityForeign Influences9 THE PLAYGOERS II: THE CRITICTheatre CriticismThe Student as CriticParting ThoughtsGlossary of TermsWebsites to VisitFilm and Video Versions of the PlaysIndexAbout the Author

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I adore this book for its comprehensive nature and its demonstration of the reasons how and why theatre is collaborative. Theatre as Human Action has a logical progression of ideas, provides the reader with an abundance of photos, and is an easy read regardless of one's familiarity with the subject matter.