The Relationship Between The Church And The Theatre

Author by : Christine C. Schnusenberg
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Description : This work has grown out of the question regarding the negative relationship of the Church Fathers toward the Roman theatre and the apparent subsequent theatre vacuum of over 400 years (ca. 530 AD to 930 AD). This is considered to be the time which lies between the end of the Roman theatre and the appearance of the quem quaeritis tropes. This work moves between these two poles: on the one hand, between the polemics against the pagan Roman theatre which the Church Fathers described as a theatrum daemonicum and on the other hand, the appearances of dramatic-liturgical configurations in the Christian Church. This work attempts to connect these two opposite poles instead of separating them. This study begins with an examination of documents dealing with the patristic polemic. This is followed by an examination in chronological sequence of the development of the liturgical dramatic manifestations from Jerusalem to Amalarius of Metz. It also examines the allegorical method connected with this development. In conclusion the argument is maintained that aside the theatrum daemonicum, a theatrum infictitium et sapirituale is beginning to develop.


An Examination Into The History And Present Interrelationship Between The Church And The Theatre Exemplified By The Manhattan Church Of The Nazarene The Lambs Club And The Lamb S Theatre Company As A Possible Paradigm

Author by : Joey A. Condon
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Description : Is there a unique relationship between the church and the theatre? In 1874, New York City actors attempting to improve their status in life formed a 'gentleman's social club' called The Lambs Clubs, which grew in character, legitimacy and influence and from 1904 until 1975 occupied a clubhouse at 130 West Forty-eight Street. This clubhouse was purchased by the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene in 1975 and for more than twenty-five years the church has run various compassionate ministries, but also produced legitimate off-Broadway productions. In observing these two histories, this thesis addresses the relationship of the actor and church in society and offers historical, Scriptural, theological, and theatrical/artistic theories which explains the creative tension that exists between them and offers the experiences at The Lambs Clubhouse as a possible paradigm. In juxapositioning these two disciplines it is hoped to reconcile any misunderstandings that still exist today.


Scorning The Image Of Virtue

Author by : Patricia J. McKee
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Description : In 1616, the prominent theatrical player Nathan Field wrote an extraordinary letter responding to a personal attack--one wielded by the Reverend Thomas Sutton from the pulpit of a church frequented by Field and other Bankside actors. Considering Field's letter intertextually with other primary sources, this study examines how sixteenth-century English iconoclasm extended beyond the church to include the visual, literary, and performing arts as consistent subjects of theological controversy. This dissertation considers the relationship of Reformation iconoclasm to London's early modern theatre culture. It focuses on the relationship between the era's professional preachers and players from 1590 to 1620--three of the most dynamic decades for the era's prominent stage companies. Specifically, this study demonstrates how antitheatrical polemics are intrinsically related to English iconoclasm; reveals the clergy's implicit and explicit consideration of theatre as a threat to the church; determines how perfomers and audiences understood theatre as an edifying alternative to church; and accounts for how preachers and players differentiated between their respective professions. Using historical and intertextual analyses of literary, visual, and other primary sources, this dissertation demonstrates that church and theatre were competing kinds of performance in early modern England. Accounting for the ways in which preachers and players embodied their ideologies--while in the pulpit or on stage--further illuminates the historical relationship between church and theatre in the Reformation era. The striking convergence of religious and theatrical developments in Reformation England deserves historical investigation that deeply considers the important relationship between church and theatre, especially given their shared performative nature.


The Roots Of Theatre

Author by : Eli Rozik
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Description : The topic of the origins of theatre is one of the most controversial in theatre studies, with a long history of heated discussions and strongly held positions. In The Roots of Theatre, Eli Rozik enters the debate in a feisty way, offering not just another challenge to those who place theatre’s origins in ritual and religion but also an alternative theory of roots based on the cultural and psychological conditions that made the advent of theatre possible. Rozik grounds his study in a comprehensive review and criticism of each of the leading historical and anthropological theories. He believes that the quest for origins is essentially misleading because it does not provide any significant insight for our understanding of theatre. Instead, he argues that theatre, like music or dance, is a sui generis kind of human creativity—a form of thinking and communication whose roots lie in the spontaneous image-making faculty of the human psyche. Rozik’s broad approach to research lies within the boundaries of structuralism and semiotics, but he also utilizes additional disciplines such as psychoanalysis, neurology, sociology, play and game theory, science of religion, mythology, poetics, philosophy of language, and linguistics. In seeking the roots of theatre, what he ultimately defines is something substantial about the nature of creative thought—a rudimentary system of imagistic thinking and communication that lies in the set of biological, primitive, and infantile phenomena such as daydreaming, imaginative play, children’s drawing, imitation, mockery (caricature, parody), storytelling, and mythmaking.


When Church Became Theatre

Author by : Jeanne Halgren Kilde
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Description : This text focuses on the shift in evangelical Protestant architecture in the 1880s and links it to changes in worship style and religious mission. It focuses on how these buildings helped congregations negotiate social and personal power.


Touching The Altar

Author by : Carol M. Bechtel
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Description : What does it mean to be in the presence of God??'s holiness? How can it affect us whether we seek it out or stumble upon it? Can it truly change our very reality to encounter it? The essayists in this volume explore these questions at the heart of Christian worship, considering the oft-neglected Old Testament as essential to understand our purpose in worship. Following the structure of the Hebrew canon ? beginning with the Pentateuch, moving through to the Psalms, then wisdom literature ? each chapter considers a separate aspect of worship, from theater to the Sabbath to sacred space, offering new inspiration. In the final essay Carol Bechtel ???rereads the book of Job through the lens of our human limitations (as opposed to the usual theme of theodicy), ??? with compelling applications for both life and worship. Each of these essays concludes with two appropriately themed hymns and a ???For Further Reading??? list. Five of the seven contain sidebars that illustrate and enrich key points. Evocative woodcut artwork by Margaret Adams Parker provides a striking backdrop to the text. Taken together, these essays testify powerfully to the belief that the Old Testament is not only valuable but also essential to ???whole??? and fully foundational preaching and worship. Written primarily by Old Testament professors, Touching the Altar will make an engaging supplemental text for introductory or elective Old Testament courses and will also go far toward providing deeper worship for any Christian. Contributors: Carol M. Bechtel Thomas Boogaart Corrine L. Carvalho Ellen F. Davis J. Clinton McCann Jr. Dennis T. Olson Margaret Adams Parker John D. Witvliet


Performing The Sacred

Author by : Todd E. Johnson
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Description : A theologian and a theatre artist examine both the nature of theatrical performance within contemporary culture and its relationship to Christian life, faith, and worship.


The Drama Theatre And Performance Companion

Author by : Michael Mangan
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Publisher by : Macmillan International Higher Education
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Description : Offering essential guidance to students throughout their undergraduate studies, this companion explores the development of a discipline that is still in flux, offers practical advice about how to study it and where this study might lead, and provides a useful reference resource on key practitioners, debates, performances and terms.


A Historical Sociology Of Disability

Author by : Bill Hughes
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Description : Covering the period from Antiquity to Early Modernity, A Historical Sociology of Disability argues that disabled people have been treated in Western society as good to mistreat and – with the rise of Christianity – good to be good to. It examines the place and role of disabled people in the moral economy of the successive cultures that have constituted ‘Western civilisation’. This book is the story of disability as it is imagined and re-imagined through the cultural lens of ableism. It is a story of invalidation; of the material habituations of culture and moral sentiment that paint pictures of disability as ‘what not to be’. The author examines the forces of moral regulation that fall violently in behind the dehumanising, ontological fait accompli of disability invalidation, and explores the ways in which the normate community conceived of, narrated and acted in relation to disability. A Historical Sociology of Disability will be of interest to all scholars, students and activists working in the field of Disability Studies, as well as sociology, education, philosophy, theology and history. It will appeal to anyone who is interested in the past, present and future of the ‘last civil rights movement’.


American Theatre

Author by : Theresa Saxon
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Publisher by : Edinburgh University Press
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Description : Argues for the recognition of American theatre history as long, rich, diverse and critically compelling.Embracing all epochs of theatre history, from pre-colonial Native American performance rituals and the endeavours of early colonisers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to the end of the twentieth century, Theresa Saxon situates American theatre as a lively, dynamic and diverse arena. She considers the implications of political manoeuvrings, economics - state-funding and commercial enterprises - race and gender, as well as material factors such as technology, riot and fire, as major forces in determining the structure of America's playhouses and productions. She goes on to investigate critical understandings of the term 'theatre,' and assesses ways in which the various values of commerce, entertainment, education and dramatic production have informed the definition of theatre throughout America's history.


Handbook Of Educational Drama And Theatre

Author by : Robert J. Landy
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Publisher by : Greenwood
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Description : "Students seeking information about nontraditional drama careers will find this an essential handbook. . . . Highly recommended for libraries at all levels." Choice


Theatre And Church

Author by : Amanda M. Aldrich
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Ancient And Medieval Theatre

Author by : Ronald W. Vince
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Description : Review of medieval dramatic texts S.131-149.


Theo Drama Theological Dramatic Theory Vol 1

Author by : Hans Urs von Balthasar
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Publisher by : Ignatius Press
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Description : This is the introduction to the second part of the trilogy which is von BalthasarÕs major work. The Glory of the Lord approaches revelation from the standpoint of the beautiful. The final part of the trilogy, the Theo-Logic, will treat Christian revelation from the standpoint of the true. In this first volume von Balthasar shows how many of the trends of modern theology (e.g. ÒeventÓ, ÒhistoryÓ, ÒorthopraxyÓ, ÒdialogueÓ, Òpolitical theologyÓ) point to an understanding of human and cosmic reality as a divine drama. He will then consider objections to such a theological dramatic theory and also the relationship between the Church and the theatre. This volume assembles the materials and the themes that will make it possible in subsequent volumes to develop this theological dramatic theory. "Émeeting Balthasar was for me the beginning of a lifelong friendship I can only be thankful for. Never again have I found anyone with such a comprehensive theological and humanistic education as Balthasar and de Lubac, and I cannot even begin to say how much I owe to my encounter with them." ÑJoseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) Ê


Trickster Theatre

Author by : Jesse Weaver Shipley
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Description : Trickster Theatre traces the changing social significance of national theatre in Ghana from its rise as an idealistic state project from the time of independence to its reinvention in recent electronic, market-oriented genres. Jesse Weaver Shipley presents portraits of many key figures in Ghanaian theatre and examines how Akan trickster tales were adapted as the basis of a modern national theatre. This performance style tied Accra's evolving urban identity to rural origins and to Pan-African liberation politics. Contradictions emerge, however, when the ideal Ghanaian citizen is a mythic hustler who stands at the crossroads between personal desires and collective obligations. Shipley examines the interplay between on-stage action and off-stage events to show how trickster theatre shapes an evolving urban world.


The Work Of Vinnette Carroll An African American Theatre Artist

Author by : Calvin A. McClinton
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Description : McClinton (theater arts, Kent State U.) provides an account of the artistic and administrative contributions of theater director and playwright Vinnette Carroll (b. 1922) to the Black Theatre Movement and the emergence of Black gospel musical theater in America. He presents a biographical profile of her youth (through 1957); discussion of her early years learning acting and directing; her work and philosophy as a director and collaborator; the development of the song-play genre; the Urban Arts Corps; and a discussion of the Vinnette Carroll Repertory Company and her legacy. Appendices list her acting and directing credits and her off- and on-Broadway performances.


Culture And History 1350 1600

Author by : David Aers
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Publisher by : Wayne State University Press
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Description : Six essays explore the making of human identities and agency in English communities between the Great Plague and about 1600. They also focus attention on the processes of understanding past cultures and their texts. Among the topics are court politics, sacred and secular drama, and women. Paper edition (2416-9), $15.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


The Theatre

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The Formation Existence And Deconstruction Of The Catholic Stage Guild Of Ireland

Author by : Alex Cahill
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Publisher by : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Description : In 1945, the Irish Catholic Church began a unique relationship with the entertainment industry through an organization known as the Catholic Stage Guild of Ireland. This Guild, whose members included Jimmy O’Dea, Noel Purcell, Cyril Cusack, and Gabriel Fallon, acted as a microcosm of twentieth-century Ireland, dramatically depicting the heartaches and successes of the Irish Catholics. This unprecedented study of the Catholic Stage Guild begins an investigation on the contemporary relationship between the Irish Catholic Church and theatre that, until now, has rarely been examined. Written for those interested in theatre studies, Catholic studies, and Irish studies, the Catholic Stage Guild of Ireland’s persuasion over the theatre population both within and outside the country’s borders proposes a story long overdue to be told – until now.


Staging England In The Elizabethan History Play

Author by : Ralf Hertel
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Description : Applying current political theory on nationhood as well as methods established by recent performance studies, this study sheds new light on the role the public theatre played in the rise of English national identity around 1600. It situates selected history plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe in the context of non-fictional texts (such as historiographies, chorographies, political treatises, or dictionary entries) and cultural artefacts (such as maps or portraits), and thus highlights the circulation, and mutation, of national thought in late sixteenth-century culture. At the same time, it goes beyond a New Historicist approach by foregrounding the performative surplus of the theatre event that is so essential for the shaping of collective identity. How, this study crucially asks, does the performative art of theatre contribute to the dynamics of the formation of national identity? Although theories about the nature of nationalism vary, a majority of theorists agree that notions of a shared territory and history, as well as questions of religion, class and gender play crucial roles in the shaping of national identity. These factors inform the structure of this book, and each is examined individually. In contrast to existing publications, this inquiry does not take for granted a pre-existing national identity that simply manifested itself in the literary works of the period; nor does it proceed from preconceived notions of the playwrights’ political views. Instead, it understands the early modern stage as an essentially contested space in which conflicting political positions are played off against each other, and it inquires into how the imaginative work of negotiating these stances eventually contributed to a rising national self-awareness in the spectators.


Staging Conventions In Medieval English Theatre

Author by : Philip Butterworth
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Description : How was medieval English theatre performed? Many of the modern theatrical concepts and terms used today to discuss the nature of medieval English theatre were never used in medieval times. Concepts and terms such as character, characterisation, truth and belief, costume, acting style, amateur, professional, stage directions, effects and special effects are all examples of post-medieval terms that have been applied to the English theatre. Little has been written about staging conventions in the performance of medieval English theatre and the identity and value of these conventions has often been overlooked. In this book, Philip Butterworth analyses dormant evidence of theatrical processes such as casting, doubling of parts, rehearsing, memorising, cueing, entering, exiting, playing, expounding, prompting, delivering effects, timing, hearing, seeing and responding. All these concerns point to a very different kind of theatre to the naturalistic theatre produced today.


Pr Actes

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Victorian Religious Discourse

Author by : J. Nixon
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Description : This collection of essays attempts to address the disparate historical and critical ways religion informs the literature and culture of nineteenth century England, showing how a representative group of major Victorians negotiated its impact. The collection attempts to present Victorian religious discourse not as monologic but as dialogic, if not protean. It seeks to make available new understandings of nineteenth-century British literature as well as to elucidate the extent to which religious discourse is vested in Victorian cultural thoughts and practice.


A Cultural History Of Theatre In The Middle Ages

Author by : Jody Enders
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Publisher by : Bloomsbury Publishing
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Description : Historically and broadly defined as the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Renaissance, the Middle Ages encompass a millennium of cultural conflicts and developments. A large body of mystery, passion, miracle and morality plays cohabited with song, dance, farces and other public spectacles, frequently sharing ecclesiastical and secular inspiration. A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre between 500 and 1500, and imaginatively pieces together the puzzle of medieval theatre by foregrounding the study of performance. Each of the ten chapters of this richly illustrated volume takes a different theme as its focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.


Catholic Theatre And Drama

Author by : Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
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Publisher by : McFarland
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Description : The relationship between the Catholic Church and theatre has a long and complicated history. This collection of fourteen critical essays seeks to demystify the ties—both practical and ideological—that have long bound Catholicism to theatrical production. This volume offers insights into medieval theatre, Jesuit drama, ballet and opera, modern stagings of medieval liturgical drama, Lorca and Lope de Vega as Catholic playwrights, Italian Catholic women’s drama, Catholic play-wrighting and acting, and the unique challenges of teaching theatre in Catholic universities.