The Birth of Theatre (Stage by Stage)

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Theater buffs will welcome historian Freund's comprehensive survey of classical drama, with its excellent coverage of modern productions of ancient plays.... The richness is in the detail and nothing is omitted.""-Publishers Weekly. Stage by Stage is a massive undertaking by the noted theatre historian and playwright, an expansive chronicle of world theatre from primitive rites and enactments of myths to contemporary drama, to be published in three volumes. The Birth of Theatre traces the evolution of classical drama from its beginnings in Egyptian and Middle Eastern religious ritual and the Greek mystical cult of Dionysus, through the golden age of the Periclean period, and ending with the major Roman playwrights. The book includes detailed discussions of the existing major plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, and Aristophanes. This is followed by accounts of notable productions, operas, and revivals, especially in the U.S. and Britain over the past fifty years and earlier. Freund moves on to discuss the development of Middle and New Comedy in Greece and the works of Plautus, Terence, and Horace. The product of vast learning, enormous research and, above all, a passion for theatre, these volumes represent a unique and extraordinary achievement in the literature of the stage. The forthcoming volumes will be Oriental Theatre and Dramatis Personae: The Rise of Medieval and Renaissance Theatre. Philip Freund is Professor Emeritus of Fordham University.

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Philip Freund is a novelist, poet, documentary film writer, and playwright as well as essayist, literary critic, and anthropologist. He is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, New York, and he has taught and lectured on drama and related subjects at other universities.

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