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...Written by Susan Glaspell in 1916, Trifles is a one-act play about a woman accused of strangling her husband. Based on an actual murder case reported by Glaspell for the Des Moines News, the play represented an early exploration of gender...
...In 1911, a small but committed group of young performers from Russia's premier independent theatre – the Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) – gathered in a flat to experiment with new acting processes. The majority of these performers had been drawn...

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...

The Post Office  

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Sagaree Sengupta

~playauthor~Written by~ Rabindranath Tagore , Sagaree Sengupta ~playauthor~Translated by~ Sagaree Sengupta

Methuen Drama, 2014

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Scenes: 3, Roles: Total (11), Female (1), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...An allegorical gem about a bedridden boy's desire for spiritual freedom by a Nobel Laureate from Bengal, the site of the first British colony in the subcontinent and its earliest modern theatre.  ...

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...

Rutherford and Son

~playauthor~Written by~ Katherine Githa Sowerby

Aurora Metro Books, 2009

Aurora Metro Books

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Acts: 3, Roles: Total (8), Female (4), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Written in 1912 during the upsurge of the British feminist movement, this powerful play deals with the oppressive patriarchal system of the industrial North at that time. Rutherford is the hard, tyrannical master of both his glassworks...

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...

Beyond the Boundary of the Agora

Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The presenter, combatant performance: North of the coast of Talou, Meuse, France, October 1915. Photog. Lieut. Barbier, © BDIC, Paris.Socrates had a friend called Simon. He was a sandal-maker. According to legend, he let Socrates use his...