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The complete play production handbook Hardcover – 1982


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; Revised edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060150009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060150006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Falk on August 19, 2001
Format: Loose Leaf
Here is the equivalent of a full library on theatrical production, all between the covers of a single volume. Clearly and concisely, but with the rich understanding and enthusiasm that come from long association with the theatre, it covers every step in the mounting of a play, from the time the director selects a script to the moment the curtain goes up on opening night.
The Complete Play Production Handbook makes an ideal introduction to the world of the theatre; teachers especially, from elementary school to college, will find it helpful in staging plays of every sort. At the same time, the handbook's thorough treatment, broad coverage, and extensive appendixes (including a guide to suppliers of theatrical equipment and a glossary of technical terms) make this an invaluable reference work for almost anyone involved in any capacity-director, actor, or stagecrew member-in the hundreds of thousands of dramatic productions that are put on each year by little theatres, community theatres, and summerstock companies.
This book provides specific, detailed answers to the many questions that trouble any group seeking to bring a play to life. It tells how to read a play and understand the playwright's intentions; how the director and actors can invigorate the play through their handling of dialogue, movement, and business; and how the arts of scene design, lighting design, costuming, and makeup can be meshed to enhance the production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Ahlstrom on July 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a great source of ideas and reminders of things to be aware of. There are better books specifically focused on acting and/or directing. But this book addresses just about all facets of putting on a play, and addresses it at the level of the typical community theater or school production.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent overview of the elements necessary for the planning and production of a theater presentation.
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