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Drama Resources: Drama History and Technique

Drama History and Technique

Books on drama history and technique


Drama History Books

The New Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by David P DeVenney
Reference ML128.M78 D48 2009  Check Availability
Image:Newbroadwaysong.jpg From the publisher:
This is a completely revised and expanded second edition of The Broadway Song Companion, the first complete guide and access point to the vast literature of the Broadway musical for the solo performer. Designed with the working actor in mind, the volume lists every song from over 300 Broadway shows, including at least 90 more than the first edition.
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Boston Theater Marathon XIII by Kate Snodgrass
PS627.O53 B68 2012  Check Availability
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The Boston Theater Marathon is the winner of a 2000 Elliot Norton Award and a Dramatists' Guild Citation for its work in forging relationships between playwrights and theater companies all over New England.
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The Audience & the Playwright: How to Get the Most Out of Live Theatre by Mayo Simon
PN2193.A8 S56 2003  Check Availability
Image:Audience_playwrite.jpg From the publisher:
The Audience & The Playwright analyzes the tactics used by all playwrights, from Sophocles to David Mamet, to give the audience extraordinary powers and a unique role that it will play perfectly and without rehearsal. Structured as an evening in the theatre, the book is analytical but straightforward, serious but entertaining. A working playwright's view of what really happens between the stage and the audience, from the beginning of the play until the end, it is a book for the serious theatregoer, as well as a book for the college classroom.
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A Companion to Greek Tragedy by John Ferguson
PA3131 .F4 1972  Check Availability
Image:CompanionGreekTragedy.jpg From the publisher:
This handbook provides students and scholars with a highly readable yet detailed analysis of all surviving Greek tragedies and satyr plays. John Ferguson places each play in its historical, political, and social context—important for both Athenian and modern audiences—and he displays a keen, discriminating critical competence in dealing with the plays as literature.
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African Theatre. Diaspora by guest editor Christine Matzke
Electronic Resource  Check Availability
Image:AfricanTheatreDiaspora.jpg From the publisher:
This book brings together essays on theatre by people of African descent in North America, Cuba, Italy, the UK, Israel and Tasmania. Several chapters present overviews of particular national contexts, others offer insights into play texts or specific performances. Offering a mix of academic and practitioner's points of views, Volume 8 in the African Theatre series analyses and celebrates various aspects of African diasporic theatre worldwide.
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American Plays and Musicals on Screen: 650 Stage Productions and Their Film and Television Adaptations by Thomas S. Hischak
Reference PS338.M67 H57 2005  Check Availability
Image:AmericanPlays.jpg From the publisher:
This reference work is an annotated guide to American stage productions remade for film and television, with works ranging from late 19th-century American plays and musicals, through silent and sound films, to made-for-video productions by PBS, A&E, HBO, and others.
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Contemporary American Drama by Annette J. Saddik
Electronic Resource  Check Availability
Image:ContemporaryAmericanDrama.jpg From the publisher:
This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the UnitedStates in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions. It focuses on representative plays and performance texts that experimentwith form and content, discussing influential playwrights andperformance artists such as Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, SamShepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finleyand Will Power, alongside avant-garde theatre groups.
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Drama Technique Books

The Organized Actor: The Workbook and Planner for the Serious Actor by Leslie Becker
PN2055 .B43 2006  Check Availability
Image:OrganizedActor.jpg From the publisher:
Actress, author Leslie Becker shares her extensive experience as an actress, marketing director and success coach to help you set attainable goals, create a workable plan and develop a strong personal belief system. Her inspirational writing style will motivate you to reach your highest potential
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Making Musicals: An Informal Introduction to the World of Musical Theatre by Tom Jones
MT67 .J66 1998  Check Availability
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The lyricist/librettist of The Fantasticks , the longest-running show in the history of the American theater, takes on a new role as your guide through the magical world of the stage musical.
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The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor: Digested From the Teachings of Konstantin S. Stanislavski by Sonia Moore
PN2062 .M66 1984  Check Availability
Image:StanislavskiSystem.jpg From the publisher:
This clearly written guide to the Stanislavski method has long been a favorite among students and teachers of acting. Now, in light of books and articles recently published in the Soviet Union, Sonia Moore has made revisions that include a new section on the subtext of a role. She provides detailed explanations of all the methods that actors in training have found indispensable for more than twenty years. Designed to create better actors, this guide will put individuals in touch with themselves and increase personal sensitivity as well.
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The Art of Acting by Stella Adler
PN2061 .A35 2000  Check Availability
Image:ArtofActing.jpg From the publisher:
Stella Adler was one of the 20th Centurys greatest figures. She is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. The great voice finally ended in the early Nineties, but her decades of experience and teaching have been brilliantly caught and encapsulated by Howard Kissel in the twenty-two lessons in this book.
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