The Business of American Theatre

Consider this book a go-to resource for readers, students, and scholars of the theatre business.

Author: William Grange

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000074710

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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The Business of American Theatre is a research guide to the history of producing theatre in the United States. Covering a wide range of subjects, the book explores how traditions of investment, marketing, labor union contracts, advertising, leasing arrangements, ticket scalping, zoning ordinances, royalties, and numerous other financial transactions have influenced the art of theatre for the past three centuries. Yet the book is not a dry reiteration of hits and flops, bankruptcies and bamboozles. Nor does it cover "everything about it that's appealing, everything the traffic will allow" (as Irving Berlin did in the song "There's No Business Like Show Business"). It is instead a highly readable resource for anyone interested in how money, and how much money, is critical to the art and artists of theatre. Many of those artists make appearances in the book: Richard Rodgers and his keen eye for investment, Jacob Shubert and his construction of "the bridge of thighs" for his showgirls at the Winter Garden, the significance of the Disney Souvenir Shop near the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, and the difference between a Broadway show losing millions of dollars or making billions in one night. Consider this book a go-to resource for readers, students, and scholars of the theatre business.
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The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre

EDMONDS , RANDOLPH transformed the business of theatre . Its existence fer even more than it has through the difficult eco removed the manager as the ...

Author: Don B. Wilmeth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521564441

Category: Drama

Page: 463

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"This new and updated Guide, with over 2,700 cross-referenced entries, covers all aspects of the American theatre from its earliest history to the present. Entries include people, venues and companies scattered through the U.S., plays and musicals, and theatrical phenomena. Additionally, there are some 100 topical entries covering theatre in major U.S. cities and such disparate subjects as Asian American theatre, Chicano theatre, censorship, Filipino American theatre, one-person performances, performance art, and puppetry. Highly illustrated, the Guide is supplemented with a historical survey as introduction, a bibliography of major sources published since the first edition, and a biographical index covering over 3,200 individuals mentioned in the text."--BOOK JACKET.
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Reimagining American Theatre

And the business of America, as Mr. Coolidge once told us, is business (my italics), not artistic achievement. Reflecting the close relationship that exists ...

Author: Robert Brustein

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 9781466805415

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

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In his collection of essays and reviews, Robert Brustein makes the argument that the American Theatre is enjoying a renaissance that has not been unacknowledged.
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Twentieth Century British and American Theatre

theatre. managers. The material provides considerable information on the way the ... business practices, finances, state of New York theatre & American ...

Author: Christopher Innes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429782121

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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First published in 1999, this volume aims to develop the field of theatre studies by promoting the study of performative elements and thus fostering their consideration in the critical interpretation of dramatic literature. The authors additionally suggest ways of approaching and evaluating the work of individual performers, as well as of directors, designers and producers. It is an archival guide which covers manuscript and ephemera, rather than published texts, and attempts to indicate the potential value of the documentary material listed. This unique reference guide provides descriptions and evaluations of archive manuscript materials and ephemera relating to twentieth-century British and American theatre. Over 100 archives across Europe, North America and Britain were examined in the compilation of this volume. The documents include: unpublished playscripts; state and costume designs; directors' books; prompt books; lighting plots; stage photos; correspondence; theatre programmes. One hundred and seventy five entries are arranged alphabetically and cover playwrights, directors, designers and actors. By its nature, theatre is a collaborative enterprise, a facet which is recognised in the comprehensive cross-referencing of entries. The last twenty years has seen a shift in drama studies from text-based criticism to analysis of performance. The materials covered in this book have therefore become essential to future research in the field.
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The American Theatre Reader

Essays and Conversations from American Theatre magazine Staff of American Theatre ... there arises the obvious question of whether the business or corporate ...

Author: Staff of American Theatre Magazine

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 9781559366182

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 600

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In celebration of American Theatre’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the editors of the nation’s leading theater magazine have chosen their best essays and interviews to provide an intimate look at the people, plays, and events that have shaped the American theater over the past quarter-century. Over two hundred artists, critics, and theater professionals are gathered in this one-of-a-kind collection, from the visionaries who conceived of a diverse and thriving national theater community, to the practitioners who have made that dream a reality. The American Theatre Reader captures their wide-ranging stories in a single compelling volume, essential reading for theater professionals and theatergoers alike. Partial contents include: Interviews with Edward Albee, Anne Bogart, Peter Brook, Lorraine Hansbury, Lillian Hellman, Jonathan Larson, David Mamet, Arthur Miller, Joseph Papp, Will Power, Bartlett Scher, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Luis Valdez, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, and others. Essays by Eric Bentley, Eric Bogosian, Robert Brustein, Christopher Durang, Oskar Eustis, Zelda Fichandler, Eva La Gallienne, Vaclav Havel, Danny Hoch, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Naomi Iizuki, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Kristin Linklater, Todd London, Robert MacNeil, Des McAnuff, Conor McPherson, Marsha Norman, Suzan-Lori Parks, Hal Prince, Phylicia Rashad, Frank Rich, José Rivera, Alan Schneider, Marian Seldes, Wallace Shawn, Anna Deavere Smith, Molly Smith, Diana Son, Wole Soyinka, and many others.
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The Cambridge History of American Theatre

The respectability and rationality of museum theatres and moral - reform melodramas helped to shape the business class , but these cultural systems required ...

Author: Wilmeth, Don Burton Wilmeth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521472040

Category: Drama

Page: 543

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Volume One of a unique three-volume history covering all aspects of American theatre.
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The Cambridge History of American Theatre

2 The original Syndicate agreement of 1896 has been reproduced by Don Wilmeth in Theatre in the United States : A Documentary History ( 1750–1915 ) , edited ...

Author: Don B. Wilmeth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521651794

Category: Drama

Page: 608

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The second volume of a three-volume history covering all aspects of American theatre.
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Women s Contribution to Nineteenth century American Theatre

Bernheim , Alfred L. The Business of the Theatre . New York : Actors ' Equity Association , 1932 . Bishop , Mardia J. From “ Wax Doll Prettiness " to a ...

Author: Miriam López Rodríguez

Publisher: Universitat de València

ISBN: 8437058708

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Esta colección de ensayos muestra los múltiples aspectos de la contribución que hizo la mujer, al teatro americano del siglo XIX. En este estudio se enseñan diversos tipos de mujeres y los roles que desempeñan, así como refleja la manera en que Susan Glaspell y Sophie Treadwell ayudaron a dar forma al teatro, entre muchas otras que escribirían décadas más tarde.
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Working in American Theatre

This guide to working in American theatre offers immediate strategies for breaking into the business, coupled with advice on how you can develop long-range ...

Author: Jim Volz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408152324

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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"I cannot think of a better book for aspiring and working actors, craftspeople, artists, and managers" Kent Thompson, Artistic Director, Denver Center Theatre Company, Past President TCG Board of Directors "It's time for a new look at the complexity and richness of America's growing theatrical landscapre and Jim Volz is just the person to provide that overview" Lesley Schisgall Currier, Managing Director, Marin Shakespeare Company Working in American Theatre is a coast-to-coast overview of the opportunities awaiting theatre practitioners in every discipline. Featuring tips from America's top theatre professionals, this resource offers job-search and career-planning strategies, as well as detailed information on over 1,000 places to work in the American theatre, including regional companies, Broadway and commerical theatre, Shakespeare festivals, touring theatres, university/resident theatres, youth and children's theatres, and outdoor theatres. Offering an overview of the evolution of American theatre and behind-the-scenes stories of the regional movement, this single volume is an indispensable tool at every stage of your career.
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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre

But even if the legitimate theatre was seemingly closed to Jews, ... To this day the business end of the American theatre remains largely Jewish-dominated.

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A History of the American Theatre from Its Origins to 1832

architect and a scene painter; and he made himself a good landscape painter in water-colours, by application in his hours of leisure from business.

Author: William Dunlap

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252091032

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 472

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The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance

The actor-manager system of producing a theatrical event was an established business process in Europe (and later the United States) beginning in the ...

Author: Kathy A. Perkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351751438

Category: Drama

Page: 426

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The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance is an outstanding collection of specially written essays that charts the emergence, development, and diversity of African American Theatre and Performance—from the nineteenth-century African Grove Theatre to Afrofuturism. Alongside chapters from scholars are contributions from theatre makers, including producers, theatre managers, choreographers, directors, designers, and critics. This ambitious Companion includes: A "Timeline of African American theatre and performance." Part I "Seeing ourselves onstage" explores the important experience of Black theatrical self-representation. Analyses of diverse topics including historical dramas, Broadway musicals, and experimental theatre allow readers to discover expansive articulations of Blackness. Part II "Institution building" highlights institutions that have nurtured Black people both on stage and behind the scenes. Topics include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), festivals, and black actor training. Part III "Theatre and social change" surveys key moments when Black people harnessed the power of theatre to affirm community realities and posit new representations for themselves and the nation as a whole. Topics include Du Bois and African Muslims, women of the Black Arts Movement, Afro-Latinx theatre, youth theatre, and operatic sustenance for an Afro future. Part IV "Expanding the traditional stage" examines Black performance traditions that privilege Black worldviews, sense-making, rituals, and innovation in everyday life. This section explores performances that prefer the space of the kitchen, classroom, club, or field. This book engages a wide audience of scholars, students, and theatre practitioners with its unprecedented breadth. More than anything, these invaluable insights not only offer a window onto the processes of producing work, but also the labour and economic issues that have shaped and enabled African American theatre.
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American Drama

17. of theatre (as expressed most characteristically in Writing in Restaurants)" ... For discussions of the play as attacking the American business ethic, ...

Author: Clive Bloom

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349240869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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An introduction to American drama, aimed at students, academics and serious readers, which is also concerned that the unfamiliar names and forgotten voices of those who made a major contribution to its history, have been unfairly neglected.
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American Theatre

Eighteen years later the business is still there and struggling, and Janet returns, fresh from a disastrous non-career in the movies, takes a job at the ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195123470

Category: Drama

Page: 504

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Volume Four of the distinguished American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama series offers a thorough, candid and fascinating look at its subject. [Hischak] knows his facts and is such a compelling writer that this update can only thrill lovers of American theatre."--Gerald Bordman, editor of Oxford Companion to American Theatre (OUP,1992)
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