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THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION, Third Edition, explores issues of cultural diversity and creativity, presents a full day-in-the-life of theatre, and offers briefer coverage of theatre history. The authors make timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of television and film to help students understand how the living art of theatre relates to and influences today’s screen entertainment.
Tonight in the United States, over 80 million people will watch television, and another 10 million will take in a movie, but only about 200,000 will attend the theatre. Most students who take the introductory theatre course know little or nothing about theatre, but they’re well versed in theatre’s direct descendents: movies and television. As professors who teach and regularly oversee the teaching of introduction to theatre, we craved a text that would meet students where they are—steeped in screens big and small, and therefore more knowledgeable than they might realize—and bridge them to the eternal basis for it all. After many years of searching and failing to find a text that truly spoke to our students, we decided to craft it ourselves. The Art of Theatre: Then and Now and The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction employ popular screen entertainments as a touchstone to begin exploring the unique art of theatre. The Art of Theatre challenges students to interpret, criticize, and appreciate the roles theatre plays in society through positive comparisons to television and film. From theatre’s ritual origins to modern musicals, from controversies surrounding the NEA to the applicability of acting lessons to everyday life, this book provides a first step toward a deeper awareness of theatre’s enduring significance as the still thriving roots and trunk from which all other branches of dramatic art spring. Organized into three distinct sections, the text provides flexibility to organize the course in a variety of ways. Adding to the flexibility of this unique approach to the introductory course is the book’s availability in two versions. The Art of Theatre: Then and Now contains seventeen chapters, including seven chapters covering theatre history in both Western and non-Western contexts. The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction contains twelve chapters, paring back historical coverage to one chapter on theatre’s key movements (such as realism, absurdism, etc.) and another on musical theatre.