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Books Authored By Christopher Innes

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  DESIGNING MODERN AMERICA: BROADWAY TO MAIN STREET
YALE 2005
Designing Modern America: Broadway to Main Street

This book tells the engrossing story of how two of Broadway's leading theatre designers, Joseph Urban and Norman Bel Geddes, turned their talents to industrial and commercial design, fashion, city planning, architecture and interior design. They shaped, publicized and promoted the most quintessential symbols of the modern American lifestyle. Illustrated with more than 130 photographs, it shows how these two men lent dramatic flair to everything they designed, and how this theatricality gave the distinctive modernity they created such wide appeal.

'Original and innovative. I know of no other book that brings Urban and Bel Geddes together to demonstrate the specificity of their unique and quite astonishing accomplishments, their influence and impact upon so many aspects of American life.'
DON B. WILMETH, ASA MESSER PROFESSOR, BROWN UNIVERSITY

'Innes shows the unexpected extent to which a magical theatre world of a thousand colours and million shapes — each of which had a special job to in somebody's idea of the ensemble — has become the world in which we live every day.'
JOSEPH ROACH, YALE UNIVERSITY

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  MODERN BRITISH DRAMA: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
CAMBRIDGE 2002
Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century

A completely revised and updated version of Modern British Drama, 1890-1990, now covering the complete twentieth century, this is the first one-volume analysis of English play writing to deal with the most exciting and productive period in British theatre from its inception to today. Through detailed discussions of major dramatists and plays, the evolution of modernism is traced from Bernard Shaw to Patrick Marber and Sarah Kane, and theatrical developments over the whole century are analyzed. Information is included on the social and political environment surrounding the plays, first productions, and critical reception, plus chronology, illustrations from key performances, lists of playwrights and works, and selective bibliographies.

The book is an invaluable guide for students, theatre-goers and theatre historians.

From the first edition of Modern British Drama:

'Christopher Innes' book will be of especial value in the detailed way in which he is able to follow particular theatrical thought or movement from one generation of playwrights to the next. I shall use it constantly as a reference source.'
MAX STAFFORD-CLARK, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, OUT OF JOINT

'Christopher Innes' study provides the most valuable and extensive coverage that there has been on the subject in one volume. For teachers and students alike this work will become an essential handbook for the hundred years of British drama it covers. ... In short, the book is a triumph and a major contribution.'
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

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  20TH-CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN THEATRE: A CRITICAL GUIDE TO ARCHIVES
ASHGATE 1999
20th-Century British And American Theatre: A Critical Guide To Archives

In order to develop the field of theatre studies by promoting the study of performative elements, this Guide indicates the potential values of the documentary material listed, covering all the material generated by any stage production: unpublished playscripts, stage- and costume designs, director's books and promptbooks, lighting plots, stage-photos, correspondence, theatre programs, etc.

Over 100 archives in North America, Britain and Europe were examined during the course of compiling this guide, with all the available documents and ephemera being evaluated in a hands-on process. Compiling the results produced a listing of more than 250 theatre figures, where sufficient documentation exists to allow analysis of their work or careers -- directors, producers, actors, designers, as well as playwrights. Even stage-hands are represented. For ease of use the entries are devoted to these individuals, from George Abbott to Donald Wolfit, although there are also entries for some organizations that practiced collective creation, such as the Living Theatre or La MaMa. The entries -- which identify the various archives where each person's materials can be found -- are cross-referenced, and there is an index of play titles.

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  EDWARD GORDON CRAIG: A VISION OF THEATRE
HARWOOD/GORDON & BREACH PUBLISHING 1998
Edward Gordon Craig: A Vision of Theatre

This new and updated study of Craig shows how his stage work and theoretical writings were crucial to the development of modern theatre. This book contains extensive documentation, and re-evaluates Craig's significance as an artist, actor, director, and writer. Craig is placed in historical context and his productions are reconstituted from unpublished prompt-books, sketched, journals and correspondence. Most of the designs and photographs, and many of Craigıs writings cited, are not available anywhere else in print.

Readers will gain insight into a key period of theatrical history, the life of one of its most fascinating individuals, the nature of stage performance, and into revolutionary ideas that are still challenging today.

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  AVANT GARDE THEATRE: 1892-1992
ROUTLEDGE 1994
Avant Garde Theatre

Examining the development of avant-garde theatre from its inception in the 1890s right up to the present day, this book exposes a central paradox of modern theatre: that the motivating force of theatrical experimentation is primitivism. What links the work of Strindberg, Artaud, Brook and Mnouchkine is an idealization of the elemental and a desire to find ritual in archaic traditions. The avant-garde movement is traced from its origins in Bakunin and Bakhtin to such contemporary performance artists as Robert Wilson and Murray Shafer. And this widespread primitivism is shown to be the key to understanding both the political and aesthetic aspects of modern theatre, and provides fresh insights into contemporary social trends.

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  AVANT GARDE THEATRE: 1892-1992
THEATORO 1997. Japanese Translation.
Avant Garde Theatre  
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  MODERN BRITISH DRAMA: 1890-1990
CAMBRIDGE 1992
Modern British Drama: 1890-1990

This is the first one-volume analysis of British drama to cover the most dynamic and exciting period in its history since Shakespeare. Through detailed discussions of all the major dramatists and their plays, the evolution of modernism is traced from Bernard Shaw to the present, providing valuable information on the social and political environment surrounding the plays, first productions and critical reception. Key elements in modern British drama are explored, including naturalistic social drama, comedy, poetic or symbolist drama, and feminist theatre.

With a comprehensive chronology, illustrations from seminal productions, and reference lists of playwrights and works, this book is an invaluable guide for students, theatre-goers and theatre historians alike.

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  POLITICS AND THE PLAYWRIGHT: GEORGE RYGA
SIMON & PIERRE 1985
Politics and the Playwright: George Ryga

This is the definitive study of one of the few English-speaking Canadian dramatists who gained an international reputation in the 1960s and 1970s. Ryga wrote over 90 scripts for radio, television and film, 3 published and 6 as yet unpublished novels, 16 short stories or novellas, a volume of poetry, two oratorios and several folksong albums, plus a documentary travelogue. These are all taken into account, as well as comments by Ryga himself from interviews conducted by the author ­ but his real importance comes from his 15 stage plays; and it is these that are the focus of this book.

Ryga's work is shown not only to form an integral part of the initial impetus that produced a national drama in Canada; his attempt to articulate a specifically Canadian mythology provokes vital questions about the formulation of our literary identity.

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  EDWARD GORDON CRAIG
CAMBRIDGE 1983
Edward Gordon Craig

Edward Gordon Craig's ideas are as challenging today as when they were formulated at the beginning of the century, and they have always aroused passionate responses. Craig's career offers illuminating insights into the radical transformation of the theater that began at the turn of the century, while showing that this revolution was firmly rooted in the Victorian stage practices it rejected and replaced.

Craig's debt to Irving is explored, as well as the disagreements with Max Reinhardt and Otto Brahm and the influence of Isadora Duncan. An analysis of the promptbooks for the productions of Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea, and The Masque of Love reveals in marvelous detail how Craig worked. His approaches to movement, lighting, and scene design were developed in such later works as Bethlehem, The Vikings, and Much Ado. A lucid explanation of the partial failure of these productions provides clues to Craig's eventual withdrawal from the professional stage. The recurrent imagery, use of lighting, and patterns of movement in all Craig's stage work -- including the remarkable 1912 Hamlet co-production with Stanislavsky (to which a separate chapter is devoted) -- is shown to form the practical groundwork to Craig's writings.

Most of the numerous designs and photographs of productions and stage models have never before been reproduced, and therefore have an additional documentary value. The book as a whole is important for theatrical designers and directors as well as theater historians.


  HOLY THEATRE: RITUAL AND THE AVANT GARDE
CAMBRIDGE 1981
Holy Theatre

Why have various avant garde theatrical movements been obsessed by savage and primitive ritual, dream states and the subconscious?

This thorough analysis of some modern directors and playwrights who have focused on these themes throws the apparently heterogeneous avant-garde movement into a new and coherent perspective. The focus is wider than the usual drama study, including 1he influence of anthropological discoveries, the political context of avant-garde work and the contribution of modem dance from Dalcroze, Laban and Wigman to Lindsay Kemp, Ann Halprin and Meredith Monk. Ritual, primitivism, myths and the idealisation of the elemental and irrational thus not only become the key to understanding both the political and aesthetic aspects of modern theatre, but offer unexpected insights into contemporary social trends. In addition the reintroduction of archetypal figures and the spiritual dimension by the avant garde provides the basis for a completely new specifically twentieth-century theory of tragedy.


  EL TEATRO SAGRADO: EL RITUAL Y LA VANGUARDIA
FONDO CENTRO DE ECONOMICA 1993
El Teatro Sagrado  
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  MODERN GERMAN DRAMA: A STUDY IN FORM
CAMBRIDGE 1976
Modern German Drama: A Study in Form

Following the Second World War German drama established itself as a forum for political discussion, a means of commenting on and questioning society. Faced with the traumatic experience of devastation, division, and communal guilt, dramatists were forced not only to extend Brecht's experiments of the twenties and thirties, but to develop radical forms of expression and presentation. These are shown to have been seminal for modern theatre in general.

This wide-ranging study of all drama written in German (whether in the Federal or Democratic Republics, Austria or Switzerland) in the period 1945-1977 identifies the concerns and perceptions of dramatists working in a specific and unique social context and period, and analyses the major theatrical forms they developed or adapted to express their experience, to trace writers' literary antecedents, their 'tradition', and to explore the critical issues raised by each stylistic innovation. The discussion focuses around the main forms of theatre - epic, documentary, absurdist and linguistic drama and more traditional forms. It is of particular interest to teachers and students of drama and German, as well as to a wider theatre-going public.


  ERWIN PISCATOR'S POLITICAL THEATRE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN GERMAN DRAMA
CAMBRIDGE 1972
Erwin Piscator's Political Theatre: The Development of Modern german Drama

The first full study of the work of Erwin Piscator, the well-known German theatrical producer who was prominent in the 1920s and worked after 1945 with the writers Hochhuth, Kipphardt and Weiss. Piscator, whose concept of theatre was political, developed the major modern dramatic categories of 'Agitprop' theatre, 'documentary' theatre and 'total' theatre. He is most widely known through his connection with Bertolt Brecht, who took his concept of epic theatre from Piscator's work, and in the USA through his influence on actors and such writers as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, who attended the dramatic workshop he ran for the New School of Social Research.

The book sketches the background of Dadaism and Expressionism from which Piscator came, and points out the differences between Piscator and other experimenters of his time, such as Max Reinhardt and Leopold Jessner. It also gives a vivid description of Piscator's technical innovations, the modern means of communication such as film, slides and loud-speaker systems used to comment on events represented on the stage; the 'treadmill', a flat moving band along which characters walked, and the illumination of the stage from below which, with the film, turned drama into a multi-media event; the new style of acting and the planning of theatres to suit these innovations. Piscator's career is used as a focus to describe theatrical developments in the twentieth century and to discuss the role of the author, the director and the actor in drama, the purpose of the theatre and the involvement of the audience.

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