February New Theater books
Performativity - Life, Stage, Screen: Reflections on a Transdisciplinary Concept
Performativity - Life, Stage, Screen: Reflections on a Transdisciplinary Concept: PN2039 .P47 2018
Author(s): A. Dana Weber , Margaret E. Wright-Cleveland
Zürich : Lit 
"Performativity" refers to the emergent, ambiguous, and unexpected dimensions of any performance in the social, political, and artistic arena. The volume presents case studies of performativity in: linguistic translation; the city as stage of political performances; the theatricality of courtrooms and documentary film; contemporary theatre's political inheritance; and the historically punctured fabric of festival time. Its contributions to performance and theatre studies, sociology and folklore, and German studies, reflect this concept in a transdisciplinary and transatlantic dialogue.
Acts of Resistance in Late-Modernist Theatre: Writing and Directing in Contemporary Theatre Practice
Acts of Resistance in Late-Modernist Theatre: Writing and Directing in Contemporary Theatre Practice: PN2053 .M85 2020
Author(s): Richard Murphet
Leiden ; Brill Rodopi 
In Acts of Resistance in Late-Modernist Theatre, Richard Murphet closely analyses the working processes of three ground-breaking late-modernist artists: Richard Foreman, Jenny Kemp and Richard Murphet. He examines their methodologies as writer/directors to gain a deeper understanding of recent experiments in theatre practice.
Introduction to the Alexander Technique: A Practical Guide for Actors
Introduction to the Alexander Technique: A Practical Guide for Actors: PN2075 .C75 2020
Author(s): Bill Connington
London ; Meuthen Drama 2020.
Introduction to the Alexander Technique, part of the brand-new Acting Essentials series, is the first textbook about the Alexander Technique written specially for undergraduates. This eight-week program can be taught over the course of half a semester, a full semester, or dipped into as needed to address students' issues with physicality, movement, breathing, voice and performance habits. The Alexander Technique has been a vital part of training for performers since the early 20th century. It is a core part of the curriculum at most acting conservatories and in many BFA programs. Sometimes considered purely a movement discipline, the Alexander Technique in fact takes into consideration the entire person-mind, body, voice, emotions, and imagination. Introduction to the Alexander Technique addresses the student's self as a whole and is suitable for beginning acting students in any academic setting, including those who take performance classes as an elective. The book also includes more than 150 practical, easy-to-follow exercises that help students reduce tension and improve their alignment, flexibility, and poise. The textbook is supported by a range of online videos demonstrating key exercises described throughout the book.
Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring: Staging Life and Death
Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring: Staging Life and Death: PN2595.13.E97 S86 2020
Author(s): Quarantine, Simon Banham, Michael Brady, Sarah Hunter, Renny O'Shea
Manchester : Manchester University Press 2020.
This illustrated collection documents Quarantine's large scale performance work, Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring., together with a collection of writings from many different disciplines and perspectives on its various themes, specifically regarding the human life cycle and human relationships to time.
Witness onstage: Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia
Witness onstage: Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia: PN2724.2 .F58 2020
Author(s): Molly Flynn
Manchester : Manchester University Press 2020.
As the Kremlin’s crackdown on freedom of expression continues to tighten, Russian playwrights and directors are using documentary theatre to create space for the public discussion of injustice in the civic sphere and its connections to the country’s twentieth-century past. Witness Onstage traces the history of documentary theatre’s rapid growth in twenty-first century Russia and situates the form within the socio-political setting of the Putin years. It argues that through the practice of performing documents, Russian theatre artists are creating a new type of cultural and historical archive that challenges the dominance of state-sponsored media and invites individuals to participate in a collective renegotiation of cultural narratives.
Rediscovering Stanislavsky: PN2728.S78 S49 2020
Author(s): Maria Shevtsova
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press 2020.
An interdisciplinary approach to Stanislavsky's theatre practice in sociocultural and political contexts and its legacy in the twenty-first century.
Early British Drama in Manuscript
Early British Drama in Manuscript: PR646 .E37 2019
Author(s): Tamara Atkin, Laura Estill
Turnhout, Belgium : Brepols Publishers 
This collection of essays examines medieval and early modern drama in the context of a rich and varied manuscript culture. Focusing on the production, performance, and reception of dramatic documents made in Britain between 1400 and 1700, the essays in this book shed new light on the role of dramatic manuscripts in a range of different social and literary spheres. From extant manuscripts of England's mystery cycles to miscellanies kept by seventeenth-century readers, the documents discussed in this volume reflect a culture of producing and using drama in ways that have been overlooked by the recent critical focus on drama and print by theatre historians and literary critics. By showing the various continuities, exchanges, lendings, and borrowings between medieval and early modern scribal practices, as well as between manuscript and print practices, this volume interrogates accepted critical narratives about the way that drama has been historicized.
How Not To Drown
How Not To Drown: PR6113.C373 H69 2019
Author(s): Nicola Mccartney, Dritan Kastrati
[London] : Samuel French 
How Not To Drown was first performed on 4 August 2019 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. "I don't know why my Dad let me go... I was too young, too weak, to make this journey. I wouldn't have sent me... He wouldn't have sent me unless there was a reason." In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British care system. Painful yet uplifting, How Not to Drown shares a story of endurance for a little kid who wasn't safe or welcome anywhere in the world. Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin (Chalk Farm, The Static) returns to the stage with an action packed, highly visual production.
All Mod Cons
All Mod Cons: PR6113.U7776 A45 2019
Author(s): Erica Murray
[London] : Samuel French 
Finding a house is hard. Finding a place to call home is harder. When their mother dies, Jean and Gary are suddenly back together and getting to know each other all over again. On the surface, things look di erent but it's funny how little has changed. When old friend and useless estate agent Ian offers to help them find a place together, long-buried tensions threaten to derail their already strained relationship. Can they ever escape their pasts? A compelling new comedy-drama exploring our capacity to accept change - in others as well as ourselves - All Mod Cons engages directly with current conversations about our complex relationship with gender, consent, and individual responsibility.
How To Be Brave
How To Be Brave: PR6115.W465 H69 2019
Author(s): Siân Owen
[London] : Samuel French 
Katie has gone from a little girl who used to climb trees, ride bikes and go on adventures to an adult who worries about everything. But now Katie is a mum, she must be brave in a whole new way. Determined that her young daughter will never lose the powerful, fierce magic she arrived into the world with, Katie sets off on a mission with the help of a stolen BMX, a policewoman with bad hair and a pigeon in a bag as she rides around Newport to find what she's really made of. By listening to the unheard voices of the city, she begins to discover what the women who have gone before can teach her about how to be brave. Siân Owen's one-woman play is about what we are made of, what we leave behind, and learning to be brave when your world is falling apart.
Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1940s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations
Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1940s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations: PS351 .L66 2018
Author(s): Felicia Hardison Londré
London, UK : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2018.
The Decades of Modern American Drama series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their works to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: * Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh (1946), A Moon for the Misbegotten (1947), Long Day's Journey Into Night (written 1941, produced 1956), and A Touch of the Poet (written 1942, produced 1958); * Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Summer and Smoke (1948); * Arthur Miller: All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), and The Crucible (1953); * Thornton Wilder: Our Town (1938), The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and The Alcestiad (written 1940s).
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