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Theatre and Citizenship: The History of a Practice

By David Wiles

Citizenship is a contested time period which this present day conjures up either policy-makers and radical activists. David Wiles lines this excellent to its classical roots, analyzing either theatre and citizenship as performative practices. Wiles examines how humans functionality jointly instead of as contributors, for instance via choruses or crowd behaviour within the auditorium. He explores old tensions among the passivity of the spectator and the energetic engagement of a citizen, paying unique consciousness to dramatists like Aristophanes, Machiavelli and Rousseau who've translated political idea right into a theatre of, and for, energetic electorate. The booklet is a clean research of prevalent and no more widespread landmarks of theatre heritage, revealing how performs functionality as social and political occasions. during this unique method of theatre historical past, Wiles argues that theatre is a strong medium to construct groups, and that makes an attempt to take advantage of it as a motor vehicle for schooling are quite often lost.

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Wicked: A Musical Biography

By Paul R. Laird

In 2004, the unique Broadway creation of Wicked earned 10 Tony nominations, together with most sensible musical. according to the best-selling novel via Gregory Maguire, the exhibit maintains to run on Broadway and has traveling businesses during the usa and all over the world. In depraved: A Musical Biography, writer Paul Laird explores the construction of this renowned Broadway musical via an exam of draft scripts, interviews with significant figures, and the examine of basic musical assets equivalent to sketches, drafts, and accomplished musical scores.

Laird brings jointly a magnificent volume of element at the construction of Wicked, together with a glance at Maguire's novel, in addition to the unique resource fabric, The Wizard of Oz. This quantity additionally bargains a historical past of the show's genesis in addition to examinations of the draft situations and scripts that reveal the show's improvement. Laird additionally explores Stephen Schwartz's lifestyles and paintings, supplying an research of the composer and lyricist's paintings at the express via tune drafts, sketches, and musical examples.

Laird additionally surveys the show's serious reception in big apple and London, noting what percentage critics didn't delight in its features or count on its nice luck. the weird nature of Wicked's story—dominated through robust woman leads—is additionally put within the context of Broadway historical past. a special check out a profitable Broadway creation, depraved: A Musical Biography may be of curiosity to musicologists, theatre students, scholars, and basic readers alike.

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Theatres of Oakland (Images of America)

By Jack Tillmany, Jennifer Dowling

Oakland has a wealthy theatre historical past, from the amusements of a gas-lit downtown mild opera and vaudeville degree within the 1870s to the ornate cinematic break out portals of the nice melancholy. Dozens of local theatres, as soon as the location of kinfolk outings and primary dates, stay adored thoughts within the lives of Oaklanders. town can nonetheless boast 3 magnificent motion picture palaces from the golden age of cinema: the incomparable artwork deco Paramount, which now deals stay performances and flicks; the stately Grand Lake gracing the sinuous seashores of Lake Merritt; and the magnificently eccentric Fox Oakland, with its enforcing Hindu gods flanking the level. The Paramount and Grand Lake nonetheless stir the heartstrings of consumers with showings preceded by means of interludes on their potent Wurlitzer organs.

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Salome; Lady Windermere's Fan (Signet classics)

A common favourite, The value of Being Earnest screens Oscar Wilde's theatrical genius at its tremendous most sensible. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for severe People", this hilarious assault on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous international on its head, we could duplicity result in happiness, and makes riposte the top type of artwork. additionally integrated during this certain assortment are Wilde's first comedy luck, Lady Windermere's Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.

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Tous Ceux Qui Tombent (French Edition)

Tous ceux qui tombent, pièce radiophonique en un acte pour onze personnages, a été composé d’abord en anglais, sous le titre All that Fall, en 1956, puis traduite en français par Robert Pinget en 1957. los angeles pièce diffusée pour l. a. première fois le thirteen janvier 1957 à los angeles BBC, puis en février 1959 à l. a. RTF, connaît un très grand succès.La radio est un média qui intéressa beaucoup Samuel Beckett. C’est sans doute cette réflexion sur le son en général, et non sur l. a. seule voix, qui l’amène à imaginer une pièce où les effets sonores vont jouer un rôle capital.« Jamais pensé à l. a. method du théâtre pour l. a. radio, mais au plus profond de los angeles nuit m’est venue une belle idée terrible pleine de roues qui grincent et de pieds qui traînent, d’essoufflements et de halètements, qui pourrait – ou pas – aboutir. »Samuel Beckett

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The Complete Works of Sophocles: Ajax, Antigone, Electra, Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus the King, Philoctetes, Trachiniae (7 Books With Active Table of Contents)

This selection of works of the Greek tragedian, Sophocles, comprises the next books, with booklet and bankruptcy hyperlinks for less complicated read-through experience:

Ajax
Antigone
Electra
Oedipus at Colonus
Oedipus the King
Philoctetes
Trachiniae

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sophocles is one in every of 3 historic Greek tragedians whose performs have survived. His first performs have been written later than these of Aeschylus, and in advance of these of Euripides. in accordance with the Suda, a tenth century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 performs through the process his existence, yet simply seven have survived in an entire shape: Ajax, Antigone, Trachinian ladies, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. for nearly 50 years, Sophocles was once the most-fêted playwright within the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that came about in the course of the non secular fairs of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in round 30 competitions, received possibly 24, and used to be by no means judged below moment position. Aeschylus gained 14 competitions, and used to be occasionally defeated via Sophocles, whereas Euripides received merely four competitions.

ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb, OM, FBA (27 August 1841 – nine December 1905) was once a British classical student and politician.
He used to be born in Dundee, Scotland. His father was once a well known barrister, and his grandfather a pass judgement on. His sister was once the social reformer Eglantyne Louisa Jebb, founding father of the house Arts and Industries organization; his niece, Eglantyne's daughter Eglantyne Jebb, co-founded the store the youngsters Fund and wrote the assertion of the Rights of the Child.
He was once trained at Charterhouse college and at Trinity collage, Cambridge. He gained the Porson and Craven scholarships, used to be senior vintage in 1862, and have become fellow and train of his collage in 1863. From 1869 to 1875 he used to be public orator of the college; Professor of Greek at Glasgow from 1875 to 1889, and Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge from 1889 until eventually his demise. His successor used to be Henry Jackson. He used to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1902.
In 1891 he was once elected Member of Parliament for Cambridge collage; he used to be knighted in 1900. Jebb used to be stated to be probably the most impressive classical students of his time, a humanist and an unsurpassed translator from and into the classical languages. A gathered quantity, Translations into Greek and Latin, seemed in 1873 (ed. 1909). He obtained many honorary levels from eu and American universities, and in 1905 was once made a member of the Order of benefit. In 1874, he married the widow of basic Adam J. Slemmer, of the us military; she survived him.
The most vital of Jebb's courses are:
The Characters of Theophrastus (1870), textual content, creation, English translation and remark (re-edited by way of JE Sandys, 1909)
The Attic Orators from Antiphon to Isaeus (2nd ed., I893), with spouse quantity, decisions from the Attic Orators (2nd ed, 1888)
Bentley (1882)
Sophocles (3rd ed., 1893) the seven performs, textual content, English translation and notes, the promised version of the fragments being avoided through his death
Bacchylides (1905), textual content, translation, and notes
Homer (3rd ed., 1888), an advent to the Iliad and Odyssey
Modern Greece (1901)
The progress and impact of Classical Greek Poetry (1893).
His translation of the Rhetoric of Aristotle was once released posthumously lower than the editorship of J. E. Sandys (1909). a variety from his Essays and Addresses, and a next quantity, existence and Letters of Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb (with severe creation via A. W. Verrall) have been released by means of his widow in 1907.

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Triptych and Iphigenia: Two Plays

By Edna O'Brien

3 girls (mistress, spouse, and daughter) discover their ardour for a similar guy and confront the ways in which love can concurrently unencumber and entrap. This lyrical and fascinating drama weaves jointly their tales to build the portrait of a guy in the course of the eyes of the ladies who love him.

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Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond

By Florence Henderson

For hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, yet transforming into up because the youngest of ten youngsters in rural Indiana within the aftermath of the nice melancholy, Florence Henderson lived a lifestyles particularly diversified from that of the essential television mother she later performed on tv.
Florence's father was once a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was once approximately fifty years previous while he married Florence's twenty-five-year-old mom, and was once approximately seventy while Florence was once born. Florence's adolescence used to be filled with deprivation and abandonment. Her father was once an alcoholic at a time whilst there has been no rehab or aid for the illness. Their domestic hardly ever had electrical energy or operating water. whilst she used to be twelve, Florence's mom left the kinfolk to paintings in Cleveland and not returned.
Florence opens up approximately her formative years, in addition to the demanding situations she's confronted as an grownup, together with level fright, postpartum melancholy, her extramarital affairs, divorce, her listening to loss, and cardiovascular disease. She writes with honesty and knowledge of the way her religion and talent to outlive has introduced her via tough instances to a lifetime of profound pleasure and objective.

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Broken Glass

By Arthur Miller

Set in Brooklyn, this gripping secret starts whilst appealing, level-headed Sylvia Gellburg all at once loses her skill to stroll. the one clue to her mysterious affliction lies in her obsession with information money owed from Germany.

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The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body

By Eric Salzman

Choices to grand opera and the preferred musical might be traced no less than way back to the 1912 greatest of Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire." but this ongoing background hasn't ever been adequately looked after out, its advanced principles and philosophy in addition to musical and theatrical achievements by no means introduced totally to gentle. The New track Theater is the 1st complete try out in English to hide this still-emerging artwork shape in its widest diversity. This publication presents a wealth of examples and outlines not just of the works themselves, yet of the suggestions, rules, and tendencies that experience long gone into the evolution of what could be the so much critical functionality paintings kind of the post-modern international. Authors Salzman and Desi ponder the topic of song theatre from a social in addition to creative viewpoint, exploring how theatre works in tradition, and the way track works within the theatre. Illuminating their dialogue with illustrations from present artists and their works, The New tune Theater either describes the place we've been and issues how to the way forward for this all-encompassing paintings shape.

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