The Elements of Theatrical Expression puts forward fourteen essential elements that make up the basic building blocks of theatre.
Is theatre a language? Does it have its own unique grammar? And if so, just what would the elements of such a grammar be? Brian Kulick asks readers to think of these elements as the rungs of a ladder, scaling one after the other to arrive at an aerial view of the theatrical landscape. From such a vantage point, one can begin to discern a line of development from the ancient Greeks, through Shakespeare and Chekhov, to a host of our own contemporary authors. He demonstrates how these elements may be transhistorical but are far from static, marking out a rich and dynamic theatrical language for a new generation of theatre makers to draw upon.
Suitable for directors, actors, writers, dramaturges, and all audiences who yearn for a deeper understanding of theatre, The Elements of Theatrical Expression equips its readers with the knowledge that they need to see and hear theatre in new and more daring ways.
Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Questions 3. Truth 4. Moments 5. Change 6. World 7. Character 8. States 9. Intentions 10. Actions 11. Obstacles 12. Events 13. Cores 14. About-ness 15. Remanence Index