Theater

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Theater is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories using combinations of speech, gesture, music, sound and spectacle - indeed any one or more elements of the other performing arts. Theater takes such forms as opera, ballet, mime, pantomime. "Drama" is that branch of theater in which speech, from written text (plays or "dramatic literature") or improvised, is paramount.

20th Century American Theater:

Eugene O'Neill
Arthur Miller
David Mamet
Edward Albee
Neil Simon
George S Kaufmann
Tennessee Williams
Thorton Wilder
Lorraine Hansbury(sp?)

20th Century British Theater:

George Bernard Shaw
Tom Stoppard
Harold Pinter
John Osborne
John Galsworthy
Samuel Beckett

20th Century German Language Theater Authors:

Heiner Mueller
Bertolt Brecht
Thomas Bernhardt
Elfriede Jelinek
Friederich Durrenmatt
Wolfgang Hildesheimer

20th Century German Language Theater Directors:

Fritz Kortner
Peter Stein
Peter Zadek
Frank Castorf
August Everding
Max Reinhardt

This gives a brief outline of some of the better-known playwrights; but theater does not operate on playwrights alone. Plays are often produced by a Production team: various technical, support, and design staff. Among these are the [[Scenic designer]], the Lighting designer, the Costume designer, the Director, the Dramaturge and the Stage Manager. This is not an all inclusive list, and may include other personnel from the world of Technical Theatre.

See also: dramatists, History of Theater, radio and television drama, cinematic drama /Talk


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