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Published: 01 May 2008

272 Pages


ISBN: 9780195332001

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The Necessity of Theater

The Art of Watching and Being Watched

Paul Woodruff

  • A study of the elements of the art of theater, both for performers and for audience—what performers should do in order to be worth watching, and what audience members should understand in order to watch well
  • Selling point: First book in a generation by a philosopher about the art of theater as distinct from the arts of film and literature
  • Selling point: Introduces a new definition of theater as the twin acts of watching and being watched
  • Selling point: Shows how theater runs through our lives and defines us
  • Selling point: Explains for the first time the full range of empathic reactions, showing how they correspond to theatrical possibilites