Dr. Ronald Wainscott, Professor of Theatre History, Theory, & Literature recently completed the 4th edition of the popular Intro to Theatre textbook that he wrote with his partner, Kathy Fletcher, Senior Lecturer of Business Communication at IU’s Kelley School of Business.
Updated in its 4th edition Theatre: Collaborative Acts stimulates creative thinking and discussions of artistic, social, and ethical questions through its interwoven themes of theatre as culture, collaboration, spatial art, and a fusion of the past and present. It emphasizes the diversity of purpose and effect of theatre, and the collaborative nature of the theatrical process.
The central premise of Theatre: Collaborative Acts is that theatre is collaboration or co-labor, which exists on many levels. To participate in theatre, as either audience member or practitioner, means to be at once an individual and part of a larger whole. It allows us to escape, relax, and refocus. Through the study of theatre, students develop an informed perspective for a lifetime of theatre-going in appreciation to help them enjoy, analyze, understand, read, visualize, and get the most out of many different types of theatre experiences. The Fourth Edition continues to emphasize the diversity of purpose and effect of theatre, and the collaborative nature of the theatrical process.
This new edition includes new information about important professional productions, from current Broadway, Resident, and Off-Broadway productions, including Ruined (2009), The Book of Mormon (2011), War Horse (2007/2011), and In the Next Room (2009), looking critically at the ethical questions and important life messages these plays address-and the ways in which different theatrical traditions address them.
[excerpted from pearson.ch]