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  • SOMETHING WONDERFUL : Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
    SOMETHING WONDERFUL : Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
    PURDUM TODD S
    ISBN: 9781627798341
    Title: SOMETHING WONDERFUL : Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
    Author: PURDUM TODD S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.

    Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.

    Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful.

    Imprint: HENRY HOLT
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • STAGE COMBAT : UNARMED
    STAGE COMBAT : UNARMED
    BARTLETT ROGER
    ISBN: 9781848424708
    Title: STAGE COMBAT : UNARMED
    Author: BARTLETT ROGER
    Format: SPIRAL BOUND
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Starting with the essential concepts, including Victim Control and Reversal of Energy, you will learn how to perform all of the following moves: Slapping, Punching, Kicking, Strangling, Pulling and Pushing, Falling, Locking, Blocking. Each technique is clearly described, extensively illustrated, and accompanied by online videos demonstrating it in slow motion and at full speed. Also included are chapters on understanding and conveying your character's pain, and creating and rehearsing your own fight sequence.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • STAGE DIRECTING : A Director's Itinerary
    STAGE DIRECTING : A Director's Itinerary
    WAINSTEIN MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781585109227
    Title: STAGE DIRECTING : A Director's Itinerary
    Author: WAINSTEIN MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary, the student of theatrical directing will find a step-by-step guide to directing a production, from choosing a play to opening night. Unlike other directing textbooks, it provides practical advice on organising tasks throughout the directorial process, including budgeting, writing, casting notices, and auditioning. It moreover includes an abundance of helpful examples and tried-and-true exercises, as well as information on how to organise a director’s documents into a production notebook.

    The second edition builds on the strengths of the first edition by elaborating on key analytical, organisational, and strategic steps in a successful director’s itinerary, with special attention to the direction of musicals.

    Imprint: FOCUS PRESS
    RRP: $57.95

    Price: $57.95
  • STAGE LIGHTING HANDBOOK  / 6TH ED
    STAGE LIGHTING HANDBOOK / 6TH ED
    REID FRANCIS
    ISBN: 9780713653960
    Title: STAGE LIGHTING HANDBOOK / 6TH ED
    Author: REID FRANCIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: A AND C BLACK
    RRP: $49.95
    Price: $49.95
  • STANISLAVSKI : AN INTRODUCTION
    STANISLAVSKI : AN INTRODUCTION
    BENEDETTI JEAN
    ISBN: 9781408106839
    Title: STANISLAVSKI : AN INTRODUCTION
    Author: BENEDETTI JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • STANISLAVSKI AND THE ACTOR : THE FINAL ACTING LESSONS 1935-38
    STANISLAVSKI AND THE ACTOR : THE FINAL ACTING LESSONS 1935-38
    BENEDETTI JEAN
    ISBN: 9781408106860
    Title: STANISLAVSKI AND THE ACTOR : THE FINAL ACTING LESSONS 1935-38
    Author: BENEDETTI JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Stanislavski and the Actor offers a clear, modern presentation of Konstantin Stanislavski's methods of actor training and rehearsal. It is based on the course Stanislavski designed and taught with a team of hand-picked assistants in the last three years of his life (1935-38) at the Opera-Dramatic Studio in Moscow. Jean Benedetti now reconstructs that course. Stanislavski and the Actor is the manual Stanislavski never had time to write. Using notes made by Stanislavski's assistants, exercises and improvisations used in class, transcripts of Stanislavski's own master classes (translated into English for the first time) and his knowledge of Stanislavski's earlier writings, Benedetti builds up a comprehensive description of the 'system' in contemporary language that is easy for today's actors and teachers to understand. He also shows that Stanislavski's revolutionary teachings about acting continue to have a wide application.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • STANISLAVSKY IN AMERICA : AN ACTORS WORKBOOK
    STANISLAVSKY IN AMERICA : AN ACTORS WORKBOOK
    GORDON MEL
    ISBN: 9780415496704
    Title: STANISLAVSKY IN AMERICA : AN ACTORS WORKBOOK
    Author: GORDON MEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $51.99
    Price: $51.99
  • STELLA ADER ON AMERICAS MASTER PLAYWRIGHTS
    STELLA ADER ON AMERICAS MASTER PLAYWRIGHTS
    ADLER STELLA
    ISBN: 9780679746997
    Title: STELLA ADER ON AMERICAS MASTER PLAYWRIGHTS
    Author: ADLER STELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stella Adler was one of the most influential acting teachers of all time, a legendary force of nature whose generations of students include Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Anthony Quinn, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, and Mark Ruffalo.

    This long-awaited companion to her book on the master European playwrights brings to life America’s most revered playwrights, whom she knew, loved, and worked with. Brilliantly edited by Barry Paris, Adler’s lectures on the giants of twentieth-century theater feature her indispensable insights into such classic plays as “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” “The Skin of Our Teeth,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Come Back, Little Sheba,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and “Death of a Salesman,” while shedding new light on such lesser known gems as Tennessee Williams’s “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion” and Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall.” Illuminating, revelatory, inspiring—this is Stella Adler at her electrifying best.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • STELLA ADLER : ART OF ACTING
    STELLA ADLER : ART OF ACTING
    ADLER STELLA / KISSEL HOWARD (ED)
    ISBN: 9781557833730
    Title: STELLA ADLER : ART OF ACTING
    Author: ADLER STELLA / KISSEL HOWARD (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stella Adler was one of the 20th CenturyÕs 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.

    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • TEACHING PLAYWRITING
    TEACHING PLAYWRITING
    GARDINER PAUL
    ISBN: 9781474288019
    Title: TEACHING PLAYWRITING
    Author: GARDINER PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Playwriting is a skill under-explored in the classroom, despite the strong evidence that it's an engaging and rewarding activity for young people. Teaching Playwriting addresses this gap and is an essential resource for teachers wanting to gain the skills and confidence necessary to introduce playwriting to their students.
    Based on rich research and clearly explained theoretical concepts, the book explores the lessons from creativity theory that will provide the teacher with the skills and knowledge necessary to empower students' writing and creativity. It also includes extensive practical activities and writing exercises to develop students' playwriting proficiency and creative capacity.
    Discussing key concepts in playwriting such as idea, dialogue, character, action and structure, the book enables teachers to respond to the unique learning needs of their students and help them tell their stories and reach their potential as young playwrights.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • TEMPEST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TEMPEST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408133477
    Title: TEMPEST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, both in the classroom and in the theatre, and this revision brings the Arden 3 edition right up-to-date. A completely new section of the introduction discusses new thinking about Shakespeare's sources for the play and examines his treatment of colonial themes, as well as covering key productions since this edition was first published in 1999. Most importantly it looks at Julie Taymor's ground-breaking 2010 film starring Helen Mirren as "Prospera." Alden and Virginia Vaughan's edition of The Tempest is much valued for its authority and originality and their revision brings it up-to-date, making it even more relevant and useful to students and theatre practitioners.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TEXT IN ACTION : THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO EXPLORING TEXT IN REHEARSAL FOR ACTORS
    TEXT IN ACTION : THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO EXPLORING TEXT IN REHEARSAL FOR ACTORS
    BERRY CICELY
    ISBN: 9780753505410
    Title: TEXT IN ACTION : THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO EXPLORING TEXT IN REHEARSAL FOR ACTORS
    Author: BERRY CICELY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • THEATRE
    THEATRE
    MAMET DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571255245
    Title: THEATRE
    Author: MAMET DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    If theatre were a religion, explains David Mamet in his opening chapter, 'many of the observations and suggestions in this book might be heretical'. As always, Mamet delivers on his promise: in Theatre, the acclaimed author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow, calls for nothing less than the death of the director and the end of acting theory. For Mamet, actors are either good or they are non-actors, and good actors generally work best without the interference of a director, however well-intentioned. Issue plays, political correctness, method actors, impossible directions, Stanislavksy, and elitists all fall under Mamet's critical gaze. To students, teacher, and directors, who crave a blast of fresh air in a world that can be insular and fearful of change, Theatre throws down a gauntlet that challenges everyone to do better, including Mamet himself. From iconic and idiosyncratic director and playwright David Mamet, a mischievous manifesto designed to defrock the high priests and challenge the holy bibles of the theatre world.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THEATRE OF HOWARD BARKER
    THEATRE OF HOWARD BARKER
    LAMB CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780415315319
    Title: THEATRE OF HOWARD BARKER
    Author: LAMB CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $55.00
    Price: $55.00
  • THEN WHAT HAPPENS? : Storytelling and Adapting for the Theatre
    THEN WHAT HAPPENS? : Storytelling and Adapting for the Theatre
    ALFREDS MIKE
    ISBN: 9781848422704
    Title: THEN WHAT HAPPENS? : Storytelling and Adapting for the Theatre
    Author: ALFREDS MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A practical investigation into story-theatre and the art of telling stories through theatre, by the renowned director who founded Shared Experience Theatre Company.

    In Then What Happens?, Mike Alfreds makes the case for putting story and storytelling back at the heart of theatre. He explores the whole process of adapting for the stage, and investigates the particular techniques - many of them highly sophisticated - that actors require when performing 'story-theatre'.

    The book includes over two hundred exercises, improvisations and workshops dealing with the practical aspects of story-theatre, such as building an ensemble, creating a physical vocabulary, and transforming written narrative into drama. It draws on examples ranging from traditional legends and folklore, through the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Evelyn Waugh, to contemporary fiction. Alfreds shows how each story demands its own particular set of dramatic choices, opening up endless possibilities for performance.

    Then What Happens? - like the author's tremendously successful first book, Different Every Night - will be invaluable to directors and actors, to dramatists working in the field of adaptation, to those devising and working from improvisation, and to any theatregoer who has been moved by the power of an unfolding story to ask: 'Then what happens?'

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF DRAMA
    THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF DRAMA
    PFISTER MANFRED
    ISBN: 9780521423830
    Title: THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF DRAMA
    Author: PFISTER MANFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
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