Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts (3rd Edition)

November 1, 2020
Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts (3rd Edition)

Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts, ThirdEdition is designed for the college student who may be unacquaintedwith many plays and has seen a limited number of theatreproductions. Focusing primarily on four plays, this textbook aimsto inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in theart form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare thestudent to be a more informed and critical theatregoer.The four plays central to this book are the tragedy Macbeth, thelandmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, the Americancomedy classic You Can’t Take It with You, and—new to thisedition—the contemporary hip-hop musical Hamilton. At the beginningof the text, each play is described with plot synopses (andsuggested video versions), and then these four representative worksare referred to throughout the book. In addition to looking at boththe theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts—from thenature of theatre and drama to how it reflects society—the authoralso explains the processes that playwrights, actors, designers,directors, producers, and critics go through.In addition to Hamilton, this edition includes full color imagesthroughout, as well as revised chapters and expanded and updatedmaterial on the technical aspects of theatre, coverage ofchildren’s theatre and British theatre, the role of drama astherapy, and the importance of diversity in theatre today.Structured into ten chapters, each looking at a major area orartist—and concluding with the audience and critics—the uniqueapproach of Theatre as Human Action thoroughly addresses all of themajor topics to be found in an introduction to theatre text.