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Series Edited By Christopher Innes with Josh Beer and Simon Williams: Lives of the Theatre

Lives of the Theatre
Lives of the Theatre

"Lives of the Theatre" is designed to provide scholarly introductions to important periods and movements in the history of world theatre from the earliest instances of recorded performance through to the twentieth century, viewing the theatre consistently through the lives of representative theatrical practitioners: playwrights, actors and directors. The subjects have been chosen not simply for their individual importance, but because their lives in the theatre serve to provide a major perspective on the theatrical trends of their eras. They are therefore either representative of their time, figures whom their contemporaries recognised as vital presences in the theatre, or they are people whose work was to have a fundamental influence on the development of theatre, not only in their lifetimes but after their deaths as well.

The rubric "Lives of the Theatre" is therefore intended to suggest both biographies of people who created theatre as an institution and as a medium of performance and of the life of the theatre itself. This dual focus is illustrated through the titles of the individual volumes, such as Christopher Marlowe and the Renaissance of Tragedy, George Bernard Shaw and the Socialist Theatre, or Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre. At the same time, although the focus of each volume is different, depending on the particular subject, emphasis is always given to the cultural and political context within which the theatre of any given time is set. Theatre itself can be seen to have a palpable effect upon the social world around it, as it both reflects the life of its time and helps to form that life by feeding it images, epitomes, and alternative versions of itself. Hence, this series is designed to contribute to an understanding of the broader social life of the period of which the theatre that is the subject of each volume was a part.

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  WADE, LESLIE A. SAM SHEPARD AND THE AMERICAN THEATRE
PRAEGER 1997
Sam Shepard and the American Theatre

No dramatist in the recent history of the American theatre has gained more celebrity than Sam Shepard. Exploring a career that includes fifty stage and screen plays, four books of nondramatic writings, and over a dozen appearances in feature films, this work traces Shepard's rise from an Off-Off Broadway renegade to a Hollywood leading man, and explores his evolution from counterculture to cultural icon. The study situates Shepard's career within the shifting production modes and economic contexts of the American entertainment industry, and views his popularity against the identity politics of postwar American culture. Through an analysis of his life, plays, and screen roles, this book investigates how Shepard's dramatic voice and film persona address issues of American consensus and community. The study argues that Shepard's popularity -- in an era of cultural diversification and dissent -- owes much to nationalism and nostalgia and begs important questions concerning American myths, media representations, and the construction of an American audience.

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  COLE, DOUGLAS. CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE AND THE RENAISSANCE OF TRAGEDY
PRAEGER 1995
Christopher Marlowe And The Renaissance Of Tragedy

This work focuses on Marlowe's works as an index of the major transformation of Elizabethan theatrical practices. In the opening chapter, Cole reviews the unusually intriguing historical record of Marlowe's life outside the theatre. The body of the book addresses Marlowe's individual plays as experiments in extending and redefining the traditional concepts and techniques of tragic drama, and suggests how his contemporaries and followers made use of his innovations. Intended as an introduction to the subject, this book provides an insightful approach to Marlowe's work and the study of Elizabethan thought and theatre.

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George Bernard Shaw And The Socialist Theatre DAVIS, TRACY C. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW AND THE SOCIALIST THEATRE
GREENWOOD 1994
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Harold Pinter and the New British Theatre PEACOCK, D. KEITH. HAROLD PINTER AND THE NEW BRITISH THEATRE
GREENWOOD 1997
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  WALTON, J. MICHAEL AND PETER D. ARNOTT. MENANDER AND THE MAKING OF COMEDY
GREENWOOD 1996
Menander and the Making of Comedy

This fascinating introduction to the comedy of Menander is the work of two classical scholars, both of whom have worked extensively as theatre practitioners. This is the first book to consider the plays of Menander primarily as performance pieces and to uncover the dramatic technique of this widely admired comic writer, whose plays had all but disappeared until the 1950s. Looking at the theatrical context of Menandrian comedy in its widest sense, the book includes discussions of recent productions, the recovery of the texts, the treatment of women and slaves, the nature of Menander's comedy, and where it may have led within the European tradition. This book will be of interest to both students of theatre and classicists.

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Voltaire and the Theatre of the Eighteenth Century CARLSON, MARVIN. VOLTAIRE AND THE THEATRE OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
GREENWOOD 1998
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Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre WILLIAMS, SIMON. RICHARD WAGNER AND FESTIVAL THEATRE
PRAEGER 1994
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  PAYNE-CARTER, DAVID ET AL. GOWER CHAMPION: DANCE AND AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
PRAEGER 1994
Gower Champion: Dance and American Musical Theatre

Gower Champion's career spanned the years during which American musical theatre was transformed from a crude popular entertainment into a sophisticated art form. As the director and choreographer of Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, and other Broadway musicals, he was central to that transformation. This book is the first extensive treatment of his life and contribution to dance and American musical theatre. The volume draws on the holdings of various special collections, is informed by careful analyses of Champion's scripts, and depends on information gathered through interviews with those who knew and worked with Champion throughout his legendary career.

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