Directing Postmodern Theatre

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Jon Whitmore

Published by University of Mitchigan

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Brings together critical theory and contemporary theater practice to provide valuable tools for directing in today's expansive performance world

It identifies the key communications systems at work in the theatre: linguistic, visual, aural, olfactoral, and physical

Further, it pinpoints and examines twenty semiotic sign-systems that can be manipulated by directors to bring about meaningful communications


"An original contribution that aims to show how semiotic theory can be made useful and practical in the staging of plays."

--James M. Symons, University of Colorado, Boulder

". . . the cumulative effect of Directing Postmodern Theater is . . . an exhilarating sense of the almost unlimited possibilities theatre affords for the production of multileveled, complex, challenging, evocative and provocative performance events. . . . For Whitmore, it would seem, the playwright, and the play, may be dead. Long live the director." --Theatrum Magazine

"Whitmore's project is not to throw out conventional Western methods of directorial approach, based around psychological and illusionistic consistencies, but to broaden the base to accommodate the vigorous relativistic and multidisciplinary adventures which have been created by the arrival, during the past thirty years, of a more cross-cultural perception of theatre-making." --Essays in Theatre/Etudes Théâtrales

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