Commedia Dell'arte: A Handbook for Troupes

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A companion to John Rudlin's best-selling Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Actors, this book covers both the history and professional practice of commedia dell'arte companies from 1568 to the present day. Indispensable for both the beginner and the professional, it contains historical and contemporary company case histories, details on company organisation, and tips on practical stagecraft.
Essential for students and practitioners, this book enables the reader to understand how successful commedia dell'arte companies function, and how we can learn from past and current practice to create a lively and dynamic form of theatre.
Includes tips on:
* writing a scenario
* mask-making
* building a stage
* designing a backdrop
* costume
* music.
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This title and its companion, Rudlin's 1994 Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook, give the reader a thorough overview of this wonderful theatrical art form. Both Rudlin and Crick have directed and ... Read full review

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This title and its companion, Rudlin's 1994 Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook, give the reader a thorough overview of this wonderful theatrical art form. Both Rudlin and Crick have directed and ... Read full review

Contents

Part
1
Part
11
Commedia
51
Carlo Boso
69
Jacques Lecoq
76
Carlo MazzoneClementi
99
The DellArte Players Donald Forrest Joan Schirle and Michael Fields in Performance Anxiety
102
Forming a company
131
Mask making mixing bowl
208
Mask making female mould
209
The stage
212
Overhead sightlines
213
Stage construction
214
Stage construction
215
Backdrop frame design
219
Curtain design
220

Training a company
137
Diagram of stage positions
166
Rehearsing and performing
171
Writing a scenario
189
Typical houses and entrances of a trestle stage
190
Mask making
199
Mask making mask buckbase board
201
Backdrop gantry design
223
Costume
225
Zanni costume pattern
226
Notes
237
Index
246
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About the author (2001)

John Rudlin is a freelance theatre director, playwright and author. Olly Crick is a drama lecturer at Hereford College of Art and Design.

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