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...In this surprisingly modern psychological portrait, a prosperous Edwardian family is torn apart when young Edward Voysey discovers that his family’s wealth was obtained through three generations of deceit and theft. A captivating study...
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...Orson Bean and Alley Mills star in the story of a man who becomes the town hero after he boasts of murdering his father. Riots greeted the first performance of this 1907 comic masterpiece of the Irish Literary Renaissance. An L.A. Theatre...
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...A full-cast performance of Chekhov’s masterpiece starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Tessa Thompson, Sarah Zimmerman and Jon Hamm. Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow...

Actors and Acting

Craig on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1983

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...Craig lost interest in being an actor. Despite looks and a physique which fitted him for playing the leading classical roles, he parted company with acting with equanimity. In Index to the Story of My Days he recalled how he began to find...

Theatre Present and Future

Craig on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1983

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...‘Public taste was never better than it’s going to be tomorrow’ has a fine Craigian ring to it. Disenchanted with the theatre of his own time, Irving excepted, Craig took every opportunity to lambast the English theatre for refusal to take...

Introduction

Craig on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1983

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...from Woodcuts and Some Words (1924) I can but count it a blessing that I meddled with wood-engraving. It may be said that had I not had the inclination for it, nor given it so much of my time, I should have been obliged to keep my...
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...Taking place on a single day in May 1909, a self-made millionaire and his family invite their future nobleman-in-law for a visit to their estate in Surrey, England. In this delightfully clever play, issues of gender, class, politics...

A Playwright’s Perspective

The Theatre of D.H. Lawrence : Dramatic Modernist and Theatrical Innovator

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Stephen Lowe is a playwright and theatre director, who was born in Nottingham in 1947. He is the founder and co-artistic director of the experimental Meeting Ground Theatre. He has written more than fifty plays, including Touched (which...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ This co-production with Fuel Theatre was captured on 4th December 2019. Nigeria, 1967. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country...

General Principles of Active Analysis

James Thomas

James Thomas is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. He received his BA from St. Ambrose College, MA from Villanova University, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Mt. Holyoke College and Marquette University, and was Associate Dean of the School of Theatre at Florida State University. He was Chair of the Department of Theatre at Wayne State University from 1994–1999 and Interim Chair of the merged Department of Theatre and Dance 2010–2012. In 2001, he established a Study Abroad Program with the Moscow Art Theatre School, which program is now in its 15th year of continuous operation. He has translated the books of the legendary Russian director Anatoly Efros and is presently working on a translation of the rehearsal journals for Efros’s ground–breaking production of Anton Chekhov’s play, The Seagull. He is author of Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, which is now in its fifth edition and the standard text in the field. His is recipient of the Service Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Outstanding Mentor Award and Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award from Wayne State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis : Including the Formative Essay on Active Analysis by Maria Knebel

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I want to explain the rehearsal method proposed by Stanislavsky – the so-called Method of Active Analysis. Briefly, the essence of this method is that in the early stages of preparation the play is not rehearsed at the table as usual...