The Case of American Drama

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Houghton Mifflin, 1915 - American drama - 223 pages

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Page 133 - ... seven hundred spectators are present. The stage is between two gigantic trees, the tops of which lose themselves in the darkness of the heavens above. " On all sides," writes one who knows,1 " great trunks — ten, fifteen feet in diameter, two hundred, three hundred feet in height — tower aloft. At the back of the stage is an abrupt hillside covered with a dense growth of shrubs and small trees, picked out here and there with the shafts of redwood. Amid the tangle of brake and brush, the trail,...
Page 154 - Queen came in an antique-shaped open vessel, covered with a state, or canopy, of cloth of gold, made in form of a cupola, supported with high Corinthian pillars, wreathed with flowers, festoons, and garlands.
Page v - No man can quite emancipate himself from his age and country; or produce a model in which the education, the religion, the politics, usages, and arts, of his times shall have no share. Though he were never so original, never so willful and fantastic, he cannot wipe out of his work every trace of the thoughts amidst which it grew. The very avoidance betrays the usage he avoids.
Page 43 - Only let it come, and see and hear, and examine and judge ! Its voice shall never be contemptuously ignored, its judgment shall always be respectfully heard. Only every little criticaster must not deem himself the public, and he whose expectations have been disappointed must make clear to himself in some degree of what nature his expectations have been. For not every amateur is a connoisseur. Not every one who can feel the beauties of one drama, the correct play of one actor, can on that account...
Page 16 - It was not until after the middle of the eighteenth century that veterinary schools were established and systematic instruction in animal pathology was commenced.
Page 160 - Philadelphia. Founders' week memorial volume, containing an account of the two hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the city of Philadelphia, and histories of its principal scientific institutions, medical colleges, hospitals, etc.
Page 23 - What a simple idea to give the Germans a national theatre, while we Germans are as yet no nation! I do not speak of the political constitution, but only of the moral character. One might almost say: the character of the Germans is to insist on having none of their own. We are still the sworn imitators of everything foreign, especially the humble admirers of the never-enoughadmired French. Everything from beyond the Rhine is " Cf. Erich Schmidt /. c. I, 294 f.
Page 133 - Six-hundred men are gathered in a spacious glade of the redwood forest. Rows of redwood logs are used for seats. All is darkness save for a group of tiny shaded lights that make the figures of the men and their surroundings dimly visible. They are the lights for the musicians in the orchestra-pit. Beyond them is a stage innocent of scenery except that supplied by Nature. On either side of this stage two immense trees forming the proscenium stretch upward into the greater darkness overhead, where...
Page 133 - The stage, or set of stages, which calls for and admits of, different treatment from all others, has its chiefest dissimilarity in what may be called its vertical character. The action may take place here, not at one, two, or three elevations, but at ten or even more if necessary. It is possible of course to compass on such a stage effects that cannot be produced in the ordinary theatre, and the productions invented for it are usually shaped to its magnificent possibilities.
Page 70 - Drama shall not only be natural," he writes, "but it shall itself be socially constructive. We have a right to demand of our drama that it shall conduce to upbuilding and social health. It is laid upon drama by the conditions of its substance that it shall promote that social solidarity of which it is itself the outgrowth and the completest expression in art. A play which by conception or influence is anti-social is an anomaly and a perversity.

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