20th-Century British and American Theatre: A Critical Guide to Archives
20TH-CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN THEATRE: A CRITICAL GUIDE TO ARCHIVES
In order to develop the field of theatre studies by promoting the study of performative elements, this Guide indicates the potential values of the documentary material listed, covering all the material generated by any stage production: unpublished playscripts, stage- and costume designs, director's books and promptbooks, lighting plots, stage-photos, correspondence, theatre programs, etc.
Over 100 archives in North America, Britain and Europe were examined during the course of compiling this guide, with all the available documents and ephemera being evaluated in a hands-on process. Compiling the results produced a listing of more than 250 theatre figures, where sufficient documentation exists to allow analysis of their work or careers -- directors, producers, actors, designers, as well as playwrights. Even stage-hands are represented. For ease of use the entries are devoted to these individuals, from George Abbott to Donald Wolfit, although there are also entries for some organizations that practiced collective creation, such as the Living Theatre or La MaMa. The entries -- which identify the various archives where each person's materials can be found -- are cross-referenced, and there is an index of play titles.
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MODERN THEATRE IN CONTEXT is an interactive chronology. It includes facts and commentary about plays and performances, as well as biographies, information about genres and movements, headlines and news items illustrating Political, Artistic and Scientific developments through each decade.