The Art of Play: The New Genre of Interactive Theatre

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9780435070366: The Art of Play: The New Genre of Interactive Theatre

Students of drama and the performing arts, teachers, and theatre and media professionals will find the practicality of this book invaluable.

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Subtitled The New Genre of Interactive Theatre, this useful, informative book serves as an introduction and guidebook to the recently popularized style of theatre in which audience members take part in a semiscripted "occasion" (Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, etc.) in which actors ad-lib many of their lines and audience members are drawn into the action. Mounted in churches, catering halls, and medieval fairs, these interactive theater events demand a range of new techniques and strategies for the author, director, and especially the actors. Izzo's carefully laid-out book offers plenty of nuts-and-bolts advice while telling the history of these techniques, many of which date back to commedia dell'arte and beyond.

About the Author:

GARY IZZO was one of the first directors to experiment in the interactive theatre genre and has trained hundreds of actors in interactive and participatory theatre. He recently started up a new company, Interactive Artists, where he works as a freelance director, writer, producer, and teacher. He is the author of Acting Interactive Theatre: A Handbook (Heinemann, 1998), the companion book to The Art of Play.

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