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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

September 17, 2009

A Chronological Outline of World Theatre by Feedback Theatrebooks

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~ Where did the theatre really begin?  And what has happened to it over the past 4000 years?  For answers take a look at A Chronological Outline of World Theatre.
~ Clearly presented in outline form with succinct expository information, diagrams of major stages around the world and throughout history, and a complete index, A Chronological Outline of World Theatre is published by Feedback Theatrebooks, now celebrating our 25th year.
~ Long a treasured "crib" for students, A Chronological Outline Outline of World Theatre is also an excellent reference for anyone interested in the theatre.
For example:
What was happening in the rest of the world
when Shakespeare was writing in 16th century England?
  • In the Middle East there were religious parades and bazi (play) performed at Iranian courts.
  • These were the "Dark Ages in Indian Theatre".
  • Wayang gedog shadow puppets were introduced to Java.
  • China marked the rise of K'un ch'u drama.
  • O'Kuni brought a new dance to Japan.
  • The "Golden Age of Spanish Theatre" began.
  • French theatre, in transition, produced its "first professional playwright."
  • Two comedies were presented at a Spanish Mission in Tequista, Florida.
China celebrated its "Golden Age" during the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). 
Elsewhere --
  • The meddahs, or storytellers, formed a guild in Baghdad.
  • Sanskrit drama had disappeared from India.
  • Dengaka guilds were well established in Japan.
  • In medieval Europe, theatre was only beginning -- with folk plays in France, puppet shows in Spain, street pageants in many places, and celebrations of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
A Chronological Outline of World Theatre is a "must have" for every reference library, every theatre teacher and student, everyone with a passion for the stage!

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