Author: Shank, Theodore J.|shank, theodore j
Publisher: The Crowell-Collier Press
Year Published: 1963
Subcategory: Performing Arts / Theater / History & Criticism
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: From ancient Greek to avant garde, the unique volume is a guide to the world's most significant plays. Endorsed by the American Educational Theatre Association and prepared with the aid of 40 educators, directors, and professionals in areas of dramatic literature and production, it meets the long-felt need for a comprehensive, standard work in the field.
An individual commentary for each play includes the drama's date, foreign title when appropriate, and an interpretive description of the plot. In addition, concise production notes--based on the critical opinion of directors who have studied the play--define the casting and set requirements and the staging problems. Information is provided on available translations, texts, royalty requirements, publishers, and other production prerequisites.
This volume will remind the director of plays he has forgotten, or call his attention to good plays he may be unaware of. It implements the enjoyment of the general reader, informs the student who needs a guide to dramas contemporary with those he is studying, and reacquaints the teacher with plays no longer fresh in his memory.
In the effort to achieve total representation, infrequently staged plays as well as familiar classics have been selected for this compendium. For example, Hernani and The Cyclops have been included, as well as such plays as Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire.
The final selection of these 500 plays from a proposed list of 1500 is the result of several years' research. In choosing the plays treated, the editor consulted an advisory board of seven directors noted for their work in university theatres. Most of the additional 39 contributors are members of college of university faculties who have directed or devoted particular study to the plays they write about.
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