Preface to the Second Edition

This book is the outcome of teaching and directing experience acquired in theatre programs with a variety of educational objectives. In all of them, I found that at some point in the curriculum teachers require their students to analyze plays in an orderly fashion before the practical experience of acting, directing, or designing. At a growing number of prominent theatre programs, the faculty has determined that students should have at least one course devoted to this purpose. In the process of teaching these and related courses, I have examined theatre textbooks concerned with the craft of performance and literature textbooks concerned with the scholarly aspects of drama. I did not find any current text dedicated ...

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