Theatre of the Unimpressed

Theatre of the Unimpressed
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Release: 2015
Editor: Exploded Views
Pages: 154
ISBN: 1552453138
Language: en
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Theatre is a safe place for risk because there are no consequences to failure, perhaps aside from the bruising of one's ego. One might go so far as to suggest the entire institution of theatre exists in order to take risks that one simply cannot outside of it. It is a site where we envi­sion what is possible within the world and the human condition. A lot of plays are dull. And one dull play, it seems, can turn us off the­atre for good. So, what can we learn from mediocre plays? After a year spent talking to theatre goers, theatre makers and non-­theatre goers from Australia to Berlin, Jordan Tannahill addresses what he calls the culture of risk adversity' paralyzing the form. Theatre of the Unimpressed offers a roadmap for a vital twenty­-first century theatre, one that is less insular, less tentative and with better infrastructure. In considering dramaturgy, programming, ped­agogy and alternative models for producing, he aims to turn theatre from an obligation to a destination. Jordan is one of the most talented and exciting playwrights in the country, and he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.' Nicolas Billon, GG­-Award-­winning playwright (Fault Lines) Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director, and filmmaker. His plays and short films have been presented in theatres, festivals, and galleries across Canada and internationally. He received the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art-space Videofag, out of a defunct barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market.

Declarations

Declarations
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Release: 2018-02-23
Editor: Coach House Books
Pages: 91
ISBN: 9781770565449
Language: en
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This is a pressed bruise. This is Greta Garbo's smile. This is the smell of Windex. Declarations is an imperfect chronicle of a life lived; a body pulled through time, encountering meteorological phenomenon, mythology, political calamity, pop culture, and everyday happenstance along the way. Written in the wake of his mother's terminal cancer diagnosis, Tannahill's Declarations is a staggering archive of sensations, memories, and voices asserting that here lived, for a time, a woman. Jordan Tannahill is an Ottawa-born, London UK–based playwright and filmmaker. His work has been presented at major theaters and festivals across Canada and internationally.

Liminal

Liminal
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Release: 2018-01-23
Editor: House of Anansi
Pages: 238
ISBN: 9781487003791
Language: en
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From award-winning playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill comes a masterful and moving novel in the tradition of Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be. At 11:04 a.m. on January 21st, 2017, Jordan opens the door to his mother’s bedroom. As his eyes adjust to the half-light, he finds her lying in bed, eyes closed and mouth agape. In that instant he cannot tell whether she is asleep or dead. The sight of his mother's body, caught between these two possibilities, causes Jordan to plunge headlong into the uncertain depths of consciousness itself. From androids to cannibals to sex clubs, an unforgettable personal odyssey emerges, populated by a cast of sublime outsiders in search for the ever-elusive nature of self. Part ontological thriller, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in volatile times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.

The Theory and Analysis of Drama

The Theory and Analysis of Drama
Author: Manfred Pfister
Release: 1991-10-25
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 339
ISBN: 052142383X
Language: en
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Manfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions. The material on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods. His approach is systematic rather than historical, combining more abstract categorisations with detailed interpretations of sample texts.

Perspective Rendering for the Theatre

Perspective Rendering for the Theatre
Author: William H. Pinnell,Associate Professor William H Pinnell, B.A., M.A.,William H. Pinnell (Associate of Theatre
Release: 1996
Editor: SIU Press
Pages: 179
ISBN: 0809320533
Language: en
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William H. Pinnell first issues an "invitation to investigate the magic of perspective and explore its wondrous surround," then escorts the beginning as well as the advanced student through the complex process of artistically conveying scene designs via the scenographic drawing. Step by step, he illustrates the principles of perspective that apply to stage design. Starting with a brief history of perspective, he furnishes all of the information designers will need to transform a blank surface into a unique expression of theatrical space. As Pinnell makes clear, a stage setting must be fully planned far in advance of its actual construction. Each designer must have a picture of how the setting will appear when it is ready for opening night. The scenic designer must then be able to render that picture, to communicate his or her ideas through a series of initial sketches that, combined with directorial consultation, eventually evolve into an approved plan for the actual setting. Many of these plans take the form of working drawings--floor plans, elevations, and the related schematics necessary for the shop staff to construct the design. Pinnell insists that as closely as possible, the model--the graphic and tangible rendering of the designer's vision--must reflect what the actual stage set will look like when the audience sees it in the performance. His concern is to show how one faithfully and accurately represents the actual, finished stage design through theatrical rendering. Pinnell achieves this goal through an introduction and six chapters. He provides the historical background in a chapter titled "The Perspective Phenomenon," which covers preclassical Greece, Greek and Roman notions of perspective, and the concepts of the Italian Renaissance. "The Perspective Grid: Learning the Basics" deals with drafting tools, drawing the perspective grid, and the basics of measuring on the perspective grid. "The Perspective Grid: Expanding the Basics" discusses transferring a simple interior setting, plotting curves, and creating levels. "The Perspective Grid: Variations" analyzes the thrust stage, the raked stage, and the two-point perspective grid. "Coloration and Form" explains varied backgrounds, color media, and rendering with gouache. Finally, "Presentation" explains protection, framing, duplication, and the portfolio. Except for the intricacies of the human anatomy, there is nothing a designer must draw scenically that is not covered in this book.

Directing Postmodern Theater

Directing Postmodern Theater
Author: Jon Whitmore
Release: 1994
Editor: University of Michigan Press
Pages: 242
ISBN: 0472065572
Language: en
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An introduction to theatrical directing using the concepts and terminology of semiotic theory

Backwards and Forwards

Backwards and Forwards
Author: David Ball,Professor Emeritus David Ball, PH D
Release: 1983
Editor: SIU Press
Pages: 96
ISBN: 0809311100
Language: en
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Explains how plays are structured, looks at theatrical exposition, theme, and images, and shows how to analyze a play and understand its production

The Director s Craft

The Director s Craft
Author: Katie Mitchell
Release: 2008-08-18
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781134138081
Language: en
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The Director’s Craft is a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitioner’s kitbag. It provides detailed assistance with each aspect of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors, and does so with startling clarity. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice. Katie Mitchell shares and explains the key practical tools she uses to approach her work with both actors, production teams, and the text itself. She addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play’s text preparing improvizations Twelve Golden Rules for working with actors managing the transition from rehearsal room to theatre analyzing your work after a run has ended. Each chapter concludes with a summary of its critical points, making this an ideal reference work for both directors and actors at any stage of their development.

The Listeners

The Listeners
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Release: 2021-08-17
Editor: HarperCollins
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781443464147
Language: en
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER? SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE FINALIST A propulsive literary page-turner about a family torn apart by a mother’s obsession with a sound that no one else can hear One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences. The Listeners is an electrifying novel that treads the thresholds of faith, conspiracy and mania. Compelling and exhilarating, it forces us to consider how strongly we hold on to what we perceive, and the way different views can tear a family apart.

Real Life Drama

Real Life Drama
Author: Wendy Smith
Release: 2013-08-06
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780307830982
Language: en
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Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today. Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and its founders to life once again, capturing their joys and pains, their triumphs and defeats. Filled with fresh insights into the towering personalities of Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, Stella and Luther Adler, Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb, among many others, Real Life Drama chronicles a passionate community of idealists as they opened a new frontier in theater.

How to Hide a Lion

How to Hide a Lion
Author: Helen Stephens
Release: 2014-10-03
Editor: Scholastic UK
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781407156309
Language: en
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How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion - behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. A funny, heart-warming story about a very special friendship.

Concord Floral

Concord Floral
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Release: 2016
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 137
ISBN: 1770914951
Language: en
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A new play from the winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.

Botticelli in the Fire

Botticelli in the Fire
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Release: 2019-11-21
Editor: Faber & Faber
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780571360178
Language: en
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They're going to kill you. They're going to worship you, don't get me wrong. But they are going to kill you. Florence, circa 1482. Playboy Sandro Botticelli, brilliant, famous, good looking, has the ear - and the wife - of Lorenzo de Medici, as well as the Renaissance's hottest young apprentice, Leonardo. But whilst he is at work on his breakthrough commission, 'The Birth of Venus', Botticelli's devotion to pleasure and beauty is put to the ultimate test. As plague and dissent sweep through the city, the charismatic friar Girolamo Savonarola stokes the fires against the liberal elite. Botticelli finds the life he knows breaking apart, forcing him to choose between love and survival. Jordan Tannahill's hot-blooded and seductive reimagining of Renaissance Italy questions how much of ourselves we are willing to sacrifice when society comes off the rails. Botticelli in the Fire has its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2019.

Moment Work

Moment Work
Author: Moises Kaufman,Barbara Pitts McAdams
Release: 2018-04-17
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781101971789
Language: en
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A detailed guide to the collaborative method developed by the acclaimed creators of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency--destined to become a classic. A Vintage Original. By Moisés Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams with Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Kelli Simpkins, Jimmy Maize, and Scott Barrow. For more than two decades, the members of Tectonic Theater Project have been rigorously experimenting with the process of theatrical creation. Here they set forth a detailed manual of their devising method and a thorough chronicle of how they wrote some of their best-known works. This book is for all theater artists—actors, writers, designers, and directors—who wish to create work that embraces the unbridled potential of the stage.

Cirque Global

Cirque Global
Author: Louis Patrick Leroux,Charles R. Batson
Release: 2016-05-01
Editor: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Pages: 363
ISBN: 9780773598706
Language: en
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With a billion-dollar industry centred in Montreal, the province of Quebec has established itself as a major hub for contemporary circus. Cirque du Soleil has a global presence, and troupes such as Cirque Éloize and 7 doigts de la main are state-of-the-art innovators. The National Circus School of Montreal - the only state-funded elite training facility in North America - is an influential leader in artistry and technique. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde supports arts for social change on many continents and is renowned for its social-circus training and research. Cirque Global is the first book-length study of this new variety of circus and its international impact. The contributors offer critical perspectives on this rapidly developing art form and its aesthetics, ethics, business practices, pedagogical implications, and discursive significations. Essays explore creative, entrepreneurial, and cultural forces that are shaping Quebec’s dynamic nouveau cirque. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from circus performances, the volume showcases Quebec circus’s hybrid forms, which have merged the ethos and aesthetics of European circuses with American commercial and industrial creativity. Cirque Global is the definitive study of the phenomenon of Quebec circus and is an important model for future research on contemporary circus.

Cooperative Village

Cooperative Village
Author: Frances Madeson
Release: 2007
Editor: Carol Music Recording & Publishing Company
Pages: 248
ISBN: 0979277205
Language: en
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Frances, who just lost her job at a home-nursing center in New York, finds herself investigating the death of a neighbor found on the laundry room floor in her co-op apartment.

Scandal Takes the Stage

Scandal Takes the Stage
Author: Eva Leigh
Release: 2015-10-27
Editor: HarperCollins
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062358653
Language: en
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Named one of the Best Romances of November by the Washington Post! Together they may create a scandal worthy of the stage, but can their love last after the final curtain falls…? Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness…and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent—and irritatingly handsome—scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist.... For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen—and her inhibitions—he’ll do exactly that. But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be…and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed. “Leigh consistently crafts whip-smart heroines and irresistible heroes delivered in packages bursting with wicked wit, feminist leanings, and sex positivity... while maintaining assiduous historical accuracy, she delivers intoxicating yarns that bulldoze tropes and flip gender expectations on their head.” — Entertainment Weekly

The Pochsy Plays

The Pochsy Plays
Author: Karen Hines
Release: 2000-05-19
Editor: Coach House Books
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781770561724
Language: en
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Beckett meets Betty Boop in this trilogy of monologues by Canadian cult heroine Pochsy, a nasty, vapid, utterly charming vixen. In Pochsy's Lips, she's in the hospital, convinced she's sick because she's got a squid where her heart should be. In Oh Baby, she's at the Last Resort, on holiday from her job packing mercury. And in Citizen Pochsy, our little minx is in the waiting room at an audit from hell. In The Pochsy Plays, Hines remodels and melds traditions like stand-up, absurdism, clowning and neo-cabaret to create some of the most original and cutting satire to hit the stage – and, now, the page. Walk a mile in her distressed calfskin boots as the dark and ditzy Pochsy garbles ad slogans, self-help mantras and desperate grabs at meaning into a postmodern pastiche that is hilarious and harrowing, sweet and bitter at the same time. With extensive photos and musical scores, and an introduction by Darren O'Donnell.

Take Ten

Take Ten
Author: Eric Lane,Nina Shengold
Release: 1997
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780679772828
Language: en
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An anthology of thirty-two short plays includes works by Christopher Durang, David Mamet, John Patrick Shanley, August Wilson, Sherry Kramer, and Megan Terry

Anxious People

Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman
Release: 2020-09-08
Editor: Atria Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781501160837
Language: en
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Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more! “[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.” —People From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next. Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.