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The History of Theater [electronic resource]

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Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
From the Greeks to the present, this program explores the evolution of play structure, staging techniques, and acting styles. Viewers learn about the following innovations, movements, and artistic figures: the open air amphitheater and its central role in the work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; the use of the chorus and masks; the role of theater in ancient Roman society; morality and mystery plays in medieval England; the Italian Renaissance and the innovations of Commedia dell'Arte; James Burbage and London's first permanent playhouse; Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre; the closing of London theaters in 1648 and their return under King Charles II; the naturalism of Chekhov and Ibsen; and Stanislavsky and method acting.
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30 min.
8 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 02, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Treading the Boards: Theater Fundamentals
Treading the boards
  • Greek Theater (7:29)
  • History of Theater: Mystery and Processions (3:55)
  • Theater: Commedia and Renaissance (5:03)
  • History of Theater: Restoration (5:25)
  • Modern Theater: Human Truth in Performance (5:47)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
Publisher no.
  • 41997s Films Media Group
  • 41998 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sd., col., digital file. + instructional materials (online)
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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