The Cambridge History of American Theatre

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Don B. Wilmeth, Christopher Bigsby
Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 1998 - Drama - 543 pages
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The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to play writing, 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 recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance and addresses the economic context that conditions 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. Volume One deals with the colonial inceptions of American theatre through the post-Civil War period: the European antecedents, the New World influences of the French and Spanish colonists, and the development of uniquely American traditions in tandem with the emergence of national identity.
 

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Contents

CHRISTOPHER B1GSBY AND DON B WILMETH
20
American Theatre in Context from the Beginnings
111
Structure and Management in the American Theatre
182
The Plays and Playwrights
216
The Actors
303
Scenography Stagecraft and Architecture
373
Paratheatricals and Popular Stage Entertainment
424
Bibliography
483
Index
507
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