The Cambridge History of American Theatre

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Don B. Wilmeth, Christopher Bigsby
Cambridge University Press, May 1, 2000 - Drama - 600 pages
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This is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to playwriting, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the history addresses the economic context that conditioned the drama presented. The history approaches its subject with a full awareness of relevant developments in literary criticism, cultural analysis, and performance theory. At the same time, it is designed to be an accessible, challenging narrative. All volumes include an extensive overview and timeline, followed by chapters on specific aspects of theatre. Volume Three examines the development of the theatre after World War II, through the productions of Broadway and beyond and into regional theatre across the country. Contributors also analyze new directions in theatre design, directing, and acting, as well as key plays and playwrights through the 1990s.
  

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Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
xiv
Introduction
xviii
PostWorld War II to 1998
20
American Theatre in Context 1945Present
86
A Changing Theatre Broadway to the Regions
162
Off and OffOff Broadway
195
RegionalResident Theatre
223
Alternative Theatre
248
Plays and Playwrights Since 1970
330
Musical Theatre Since World War II
418
Directors and Direction
465
Actors and Acting
489
American Theatre Design Since 1945
513
Bibliography
533
Index
553
Copyright

The Plays and Playwrights
293

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About the author (2000)

Don B. Wilmeth is Emeritus Professor of Theater and English at Brown University.

Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, he is an award-winning academic, novelist and biographer and has published more than forty books, including six novels. His first novel, Hester (1995), won the McKitterick Prize and Beautiful Dreamer (2002) was an American Library Association Notable Book. With Don Wilmeth, he won the Bernard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History and the George Freedley Jury Award for The Cambridge History of American Theatre (1998 2000). His biography of Arthur Miller was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Sheridan Morley Prize and the George Freedley Memorial Award and was co-winner of the American Studies Network Prize. The founding director of the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies, he has presented its International Literary Festival for twenty years. For many years he was a presenter of programmes for BBC radio ranging from Radio 4's Kaleidoscope and Off the Page through to World Service's Meridian.

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