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Style: An Approach to Appreciating Theatre

ISBN 9780367245597
Published June 29, 2022 by Routledge
294 Pages 82 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Style: An Approach to Appreciating Theatre offers brief, readable chapters about the basics of theatre as a starting point for discussion, and provides new adaptations of classic plays that are both accessible to students learning about theatre and fit for production.

In this text, style is the word used to describe the various ways in which theatre is done in real space and time by humans in the physical presence of other humans. The book uses style, the "liveness" of theatre that makes it distinct from literature or history, as a lens to see how playwrights, directors, designers, and actors bring scripts to life on stage. Rather than focusing on theatre history or literary script analysis, it emphasizes actual theatrical production through examples and explores playscripts illustrating four theatrical styles: Realism, Theatricalism, Expressionism, and Classicism. Susan Glaspell’s Realistic play Trifles is presented as written, while The Insect Play by the Brothers Čapek, The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, and Antigone by Sophocles are original, full-length adaptions.

Style: An Approach to Appreciating Theatre is the perfect resource for students of Theatre Appreciation, Introduction to Theatre, Theatrical Design, and Stagecraft courses.

Table of Contents

1. What is Theatre?  2. What is Style?  3. Style: Realism. Realistic Play: Trifles by Susan Glaspell  4. Style: Theatricalism. Theatricalistic Play: The Insect Play by the Brothers Čapek□  5. Style: Expressionism. Expressionistic Play: The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill  6. Style: Classicism. Classical Play: Antigone by Sophocles  7. Style: Musical Theatre  8. Playwrights  9. Directors  10. Designers  11. Actors and Other Collaborators

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E. Bert Wallace is a Professor of Theatre at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. In addition to Introduction to Theatre, he teaches Theatre History, Directing, Playwriting, and Theatre Education courses as well as regularly writing and directing plays. His full-length adaptation of Paul Green’s novel This Body the Earth was originally produced in conjunction with the Paul Green Foundation, Chapel Hill, NC, and continues in development. His play The Purse was recently published by Lazy Bee Scripts.