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Theatre Lighting Before Electricity, Frederick Penzel Jan 1978

Theatre Lighting Before Electricity, Frederick Penzel

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Theatre Lighting Before Electricity covers the intricacies of dealing with stage lighting before the advent of electricity. Ranging from ancient Greek times to 1882, theater historian Frederick Penzel (shows that theatre lighting has a long and ingenious history. As early as the sixteenth century, Italian theatres had colored lighting displays. Scenes were lighted by large central chandeliers, and early forms of sidelights, reflectors, and floodlights were in use. Lighting was adjusted to create moods or to reinforce dramatic actions. Gaslighting was first generally used in theatres in 1817 and before the end of that year the most important London theatres ...


The Theatre Of Donald Oenslager, Donald Oenslager Jan 1978

The Theatre Of Donald Oenslager, Donald Oenslager

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Donald Oenslager’s working career spanned fifty years of the New York stage and during those years his influence extended across the country in the work of the many distinguished stage designers who had been his students at the Yale School of Drama. His autobiographical introduction to this book is, therefore, both a history of and a commentary on the theatre in New York from 1920 to the 1970s, and it admits us to the reflections of one of the most versatile artists who worked at the center of that development. This is a designer’s book, and Donald Oenslager ...


Adolphe Appia, Prophet Of The Modern Theatre: A Profile, Walther Richard Volbach Jan 1968

Adolphe Appia, Prophet Of The Modern Theatre: A Profile, Walther Richard Volbach

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In the complex art of theatrical design and production, the first decades of this century saw no more original or lastingly influential innovator than Adolphe Appia (1862–1928). Partly through his startling stage designs, more perhaps through his published writings and personal contacts with men of the theatre throughout Europe, his ideas and theories wrought a revolution whose effects are everywhere today. Yet the details of his work and the extent of his influence have heretofore had no proper recognition or even complete recording.

Concentrating on Appia’s aesthetic ideas, writings, and professional accomplishments, this book traces his career from ...