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Ghost light : an introductory handbook for dramaturgy

Author: Michael M Chemers
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2010.
Series: Theater in the Americas.
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Ghost Light: An Introductory Handbook for Dramaturgy offers useful and entertaining answers to the confounding questions: "What, exactly, is dramaturgy, and what does a dramaturg do?" According to Michael Mark Chemers, dramaturgs are the scientists of the theater world-their primary responsibility is to query the creative possibilities in every step of the production process, from play selection to costume design,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Chemers, Michael M.
Ghost light.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009022486
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael M Chemers
ISBN: 9780809385713 0809385716
OCLC Number: 649913253
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 211 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Philosophy. What the #$%@ is a dramaturg? Asking questions --
What kind of person becomes a dramaturg? --
Forking paths and ghost lights --
Historicizing dramaturgy --
Origins --
Dramaturgy in history --
Exercises --
Power plays --
Drama as dialectic --
Theory capsules --
Exercises --
Analysis. The twelve-step program for script analysts --
The steps --
Exercises --
Form follows function --
Comedy --
Ovidian (episodic) --
Diffused crisis --
Exercises --
Why this play now? doing preliminary research (and a web warning!) --
Writing a production history --
Writing a performance review --
Exercises --
Practice --
New plays --
Working with playwrights: forging an alliance --
Maintaining boundaries --
Devised theatre --
Documentary theatre --
Adaptation --
Exercises --
The company --
Working with the artistic director --
Mission statements --
Representation in rehearsal --
Season selection --
Creating a dossier --
Working with the director --
Working with designers --
Working with actors --
Sidebar: rehearsal etiquette and protocols --
Table work --
Exercises --
Audiences --
The front line --
Publicity --
Education --
Program notes --
Lobby displays --
Preshows and postshow talkbacks --
Blogs --
Exercises.
Series Title: Theater in the Americas.
Responsibility: Michael Mark Chemers.

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