Documentary Theatre in the United States

Documentary Theatre in the United States
Author: Gary Fisher Dawson
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 249
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780313304491
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Documentary Theatre in the United States Book Excerpt:

An historical and analytical survey of the development of documentary theatre in the United States.

Acting in Documentary Theatre

Acting in Documentary Theatre
Author: Tom Cantrell
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-07-12
ISBN: 1350316423
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Acting in Documentary Theatre Book Excerpt:

Using new interview material with actors, directors and writers, this book explores the challenges of performance in documentary theatre. Through a series of high profile case studies, Cantrell uses acting theory to examine the actors' complex processes, and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of stage performance.

Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America

Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America
Author: Antonio Traverso,Kristi Wilson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2016-01-08
ISBN: 131767006X
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America Book Excerpt:

The chapters in this book show the important role that political documentary cinema has played in Latin America since the 1950s. Political documentary cinema in Latin America has a long history of tracing social injustice and suffering, depicting political unrest, intervening in periods of crisis and upheaval, and reflecting upon questions about ideology, cultural identity, genocide and traumatic memory. This collection bears witness to the region's film culture's diversity, discussing documentaries about workers' strikes, riots, and military coups against elected governments; crime, poverty, homelessness, prostitution, children's work, and violence against women; urban development, progress, (under)development, capitalism, and neoliberalism; exile, diaspora and border cultures; trauma and (post)memory. The chapters focus on documentaries made in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela, as well as on the work of Latino and diasporic Latin American political documentarians. The contributors to the anthology reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of current Latin American film scholarship, with some writing in Spanish and Portuguese from Argentina and Brazil (with their original works especially translated), and others writing in English from Australia, Europe, and the USA. This book was originally published as a special issue of Social Identities.

Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater

Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater
Author: Jacqueline O'Connor
Publsiher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2013-06-21
ISBN: 080933237X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater Book Excerpt:

From the Chicago Conspiracy Trial and the O. J. Simpson trial to the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill congressional hearings, legal and legislative proceedings in the latter part of the twentieth-century kept Americans spellbound. Situated on the shifting border between imagination and the law, trial plays edit, arrange, and reproduce court records, media coverage, and first-person interviews, transforming these elements into a performance. In this first book-length critical study of contemporary American documentary theater, Jacqueline O’Connor examines in depth ten such plays, all written and staged since 1970, and considers the role of the genre in re-creating and revising narratives of significant conflicts in contemporary history. Documentary theater, she shows, is a particularly appropriate and widely utilized theatrical form for engaging in debate about tensions between civil rights and institutional power, the inconsistency of justice, and challenges to gender norms. For each of the plays discussed, including The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Unquestioned Integrity: The Hill/Thomas Hearings, and The Laramie Project, O'Connor provides historical context and a brief production history before considering the trial the play focuses on. Grouping plays historically and thematically, she demonstrates how dramatic representation advances our understanding of the law's power while revealing the complexities that hinder society's pursuit of justice.

Theatre in a Media Culture

Theatre in a Media Culture
Author: Amy Petersen Jensen
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2014-11-04
ISBN: 1476608911
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre in a Media Culture Book Excerpt:

As the media have increasingly become the lens through which we see the world, media styles have shaped even the fine arts, and contemporary theatre is particularly indebted to mass media’s dramatic influence. In order to stay culturally and financially viable, theatre producers have associated theatrical productions and their promotion with film, television, and the Internet by adopting new theatrical practices that mirror the form and content of mass communication. This work demonstrates how mediatization, or the adoption of the semantics and the contexts of mass media, has changed the way American theatre is produced, performed, and perceived. Early chapters use works like Robert Wilson’s 3D digital opera Monsters of Grace and Thecla Schophorst’s digitally animated Bodymaps to demonstrate the shifting nature of live performance. Critical analysis of the interaction between the live performer and digital technology demonstrates that the use of media technology has challenged and changed traditional notions of dramatic performance. Subsequent discussion sustains the argument that theatre has reconfigured itself to access the economic and cultural power of the media. Final chapters consider the extent to which mediatization undermines theatrical authorship and creativity.

Theatre of the Real

Theatre of the Real
Author: Carol Martin
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN: 0230281915
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre of the Real Book Excerpt:

At an unparalleled time of the construction of reality across the fields of the science and humanities on a variety of platforms, theatre and performance participates in the current obsession with the problems and possibilities of the epistemologies of the real by using and revising the conventions of dramatic writing and performance to create and recreate personal, national, historical, and virtual realities. Theatre of the Real examines a wide range of international theatre and performance that claims a special relationship to contemporary reality in order to theorize how theatre and performance participates in how we come to know, experience, and understand the important events of our personal, social and political lives. The wide range of works discussed include Kamp and History of the World - Part Eleven by Hotel Modern, Is.Man by Adelheid Roosen, I am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, and Southern Exposure by JoAnne Akalaitis.

Theatre Making

Theatre Making
Author: D. Radosavljevic,Duška Radosavljevi?
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 275
Release: 2013-06-24
ISBN: 1137367881
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre Making Book Excerpt:

Theatre-Making explores modes of authorship in contemporary theatre seeking to transcend the heritage of binaries from the Twentieth century such as text-based vs. devised theatre, East vs. West, theatre vs. performance - with reference to genealogies though which these categories have been constructed in the English-speaking world.

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater
Author: James Fisher
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 1240
Release: 2021-07-15
ISBN: 1538123029
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater Book Excerpt:

Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary American Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1.000 cross-referenced entries on plays, playwrights, directors, designers, actors, critics, producers, theaters, and terminology.

Dismemberment in Drama Dismemberment of Drama

Dismemberment in Drama   Dismemberment of Drama
Author: Lance Norman
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 185
Release: 2021-02-03
ISBN: 1527565653
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dismemberment in Drama Dismemberment of Drama Book Excerpt:

Dismemberment in Drama / Dismemberment of Drama is an essay collection which considers the dramatic possibility contained in the images and narratives of dismemberment frequently recurring on the western stage. The Classical Tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides, the Romanticism of Kleist, the surrealism of Artaud, and the contemporary drama of Suzan-Lori Parks and Marina Carr are just some of the fractured and fragmented bodies analyzed in this collection. Both individually and in concert the contributors ask what a dismembered body means. Such an inquiry allows them to confront dismemberment as a theoretical category which understands such twentieth-century innovations as the Theatre of Cruelty, the Epic Theatre, the Open Theater, and documentary theatre as part of a long dramatic tradition. Dismemberment in drama examines the tenuous bond between representation and the object being represented by highlighting the dismemberment of drama as a form that occurs during drama’s repeated theorizations of its own enactment. There is a conflict between disintegration and unity inherent in mimesis, theatrical phenomenology, and performance.

The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature
Author: Crystal Parikh
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-07-11
ISBN: 1108481329
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature Book Excerpt:

This Companion considers what theoretical and practical possibilities emerge at the crossroads of human rights and literature.

Theatre in Theory 1900 2000

Theatre in Theory 1900 2000
Author: David Krasner
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2007-11-28
ISBN: 1405140445
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre in Theory 1900 2000 Book Excerpt:

Theatre in Theory is the most complete anthology documenting 20th-century dramatic and performance theory to date, offering a rich variety of perspectives from the century’s most prominent playwrights, directors, scholars, and philosophers. Includes major theoretical and critical manifestos, hypotheses, and theories from the field Wide-ranging and broadly constructed, this text has both interdisciplinary and global appeal Includes a thematic index, section introductions, and supporting commentary Helps students, teachers, and practitioners to think critically about the nature of theatre

Political Performances

Political Performances
Author: Susan C. Haedicke
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 379
Release: 2009-01
ISBN: 9042026065
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Performances Book Excerpt:

Political Performances: Theory and Practice emerges from the work of the Political Performances Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research/Fédération Internationale pour la Recherche de Théâtrale. The collection of essays strives to interrogate definitions and expand boundaries of political performance. Members of Political Performances are from around the world and so approach the intersection of politics and performance from very different perspectives. Some focus on socio-political context, others on dramatic content, others on political issues and activism, and still others examine the ways in which communities perform their collective identity and political agency. The organizational structure ofPolitical Performances highlights the variety of ways in which politics and performance converge. Each section - “Queries”, “Texts”, “Contexts” and “Practice” - frames this confluence according to certain common threads that emerge from essays that deal with topics from the ethics of autobiographical performance, the political efficacy of verbatim theatre, the challenges of community-based performance, political and self-censorship, and the impossibility of representing atrocity. The essays challenge existing ideas of political performance and point the way to new approaches.

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories
Author: Clare Summerskill
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 202
Release: 2020-09-14
ISBN: 0429594860
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories Book Excerpt:

Offering a roadmap for practicing verbatim theatre (plays created from oral histories), this book outlines theatre processes through the lens of oral history and draws upon oral history scholarship to bring best practices from that discipline to theatre practitioners. This book opens with an overview of oral history and verbatim theatre, considering the ways in which existing oral history debates can inform verbatim theatre processes and highlights necessary ethical considerations within each field, which are especially prevalent when working with narrators from marginalised communities. It provides a step-by-step guide to creating plays from interviews and contains practical guidance for determining the scope of a theatre project: identifying narrators and conducting interviews, developing a script from excerpts of interview transcripts and outlining a variety of ways to create verbatim theatre productions. By bringing together this explicit discussion of oral history in relationship to theatre based on personal testimonies, the reader gains insight into each field and the close relationship between the two. Supported by international case studies that cover a wide range of working methods and productions, including The Laramie Project and Parramatta Girls, this is the perfect guide for oral historians producing dramatic representations of the material they have sourced through interviews, and for writers creating professional theatre productions, community projects or student plays.

Theatre in the United States Volume 1 1750 1915 Theatre in the Colonies and the United States

Theatre in the United States  Volume 1  1750 1915  Theatre in the Colonies and the United States
Author: Martha Mahard
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 1996-02-23
ISBN: 9780521308588
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre in the United States Volume 1 1750 1915 Theatre in the Colonies and the United States Book Excerpt:

Describes the growth and development of theatre in the United States. Documents and commentary are arranged into chapters on business practice, acting, theatre buildings, drama, design, and audience behavior.

Theater of Anger

Theater of Anger
Author: Olivia Landry
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-11-10
ISBN: 1487507690
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theater of Anger Book Excerpt:

Theatre of Anger examines contemporary transnational theatre in Berlin through the political scope of anger, and its trajectory from Aristotle all the way to Audre Lorde and bell hooks.

Dictionary of the Theatre

Dictionary of the Theatre
Author: Patrice Pavis
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 469
Release: 1998-01-01
ISBN: 9780802081636
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dictionary of the Theatre Book Excerpt:

An encyclopedic dictionary of technical and theoretical terms, the book covers all aspects of a semiotic approach to the theatre, with cross-referenced alphabetical entries ranging from absurd to word scenery.

Key Concepts in Drama and Performance

Key Concepts in Drama and Performance
Author: Kenneth Pickering
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2010-05-06
ISBN: 1350314811
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Key Concepts in Drama and Performance Book Excerpt:

An invaluable companion which enables the reader to acquire and understand a vocabulary for discussion and critical thinking on all aspects of the subject. The clear explanations of the concepts support students in their practical and theoretical explorations of the subjects and offer insights for research and reflective writing.

Get Real

Get Real
Author: A. Forsyth,C. Megson
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2009-04-08
ISBN: 0230236944
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Get Real Book Excerpt:

Over the past two decades, theatre practitioners across the West have turned to documentary modes of performance-making to confront new socio-political realities. The essays in this book place this work in context, exploring historical and contemporary examples of documentary and 'verbatim' theatre, and applying a range of critical perspectives.

Theatres of War

Theatres of War
Author: Lauri Scheyer
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2021-09-23
ISBN: 1350132942
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatres of War Book Excerpt:

Why do so many writers and audiences turn to theatre to resolve overwhelming topics of pain and suffering? This collection of essays from international scholars reconsiders how theatre has played a crucial part in encompassing and preserving significant human experiences. Plays about global issues, including terrorism and war, are increasing in attention from playwrights, scholars, critics and audiences. In this contemporary collection, a gathering of diverse contributors explain theatre's special ability to generate dialogue and promote healing when dealing with human tragedy. This collection discusses over 30 international plays and case studies from different time periods, all set in a backdrop of war. The four sections document British and American perspectives on theatres of war, global perspectives on theatres of war, perspectives on Black Watch and, finally, perspectives on The Great Game: Afghanistan. Through this, a range of international scholars from different disciplines imaginatively rethink theatre's unique ability to mediate the impacts and experiences of war. Featuring contributions from a variety of perspectives, this book provides a wealth of revealing insights into why authors and audiences have always turned to the unique medium of theatre to make sense of war.

The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance

The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance
Author: Kathy A. Perkins,Sandra L. Richards,Renée Alexander Craft,Thomas F. DeFrantz
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 426
Release: 2018-12-07
ISBN: 1351751433
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance Book Excerpt:

The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance is an outstanding collection of specially written essays that charts the emergence, development, and diversity of African American Theatre and Performance—from the nineteenth-century African Grove Theatre to Afrofuturism. Alongside chapters from scholars are contributions from theatre makers, including producers, theatre managers, choreographers, directors, designers, and critics. This ambitious Companion includes: A "Timeline of African American theatre and performance." Part I "Seeing ourselves onstage" explores the important experience of Black theatrical self-representation. Analyses of diverse topics including historical dramas, Broadway musicals, and experimental theatre allow readers to discover expansive articulations of Blackness. Part II "Institution building" highlights institutions that have nurtured Black people both on stage and behind the scenes. Topics include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), festivals, and black actor training. Part III "Theatre and social change" surveys key moments when Black people harnessed the power of theatre to affirm community realities and posit new representations for themselves and the nation as a whole. Topics include Du Bois and African Muslims, women of the Black Arts Movement, Afro-Latinx theatre, youth theatre, and operatic sustenance for an Afro future. Part IV "Expanding the traditional stage" examines Black performance traditions that privilege Black worldviews, sense-making, rituals, and innovation in everyday life. This section explores performances that prefer the space of the kitchen, classroom, club, or field. This book engages a wide audience of scholars, students, and theatre practitioners with its unprecedented breadth. More than anything, these invaluable insights not only offer a window onto the processes of producing work, but also the labour and economic issues that have shaped and enabled African American theatre.