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The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy

by C. W. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) Marshall

The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy Synopsis

A comprehensive survey of Roman theatrical production, this book examines all aspects of Roman performance practice, and provides fresh insights on the comedies of Plautus and Terence. Following an introductory chapter on the experience of Roman comedy from the perspective of Roman actors and the Roman audience, addressing among other things the economic concerns of putting on a play in the Roman republic, subsequent chapters provide detailed studies of troupe size and the implications for role assignment, masks, stage action, music, and improvisation in the plays of Plautus and Terence. Marshall argues that Roman comedy was raw comedy, much more rough-and-ready than its Hellenistic precursors, but still fully conscious of its literary past. The consequences of this lead to fresh conclusions concerning the dramatic structure of Roman comedy, and a clearer understanding of the relationship between the plays-as-text and the role of improvisation during performance.

The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy Press Reviews

This is not just a history of Roman theater, but a refreshing perspective from which one can reconstruct the circumstances of performance in the Roman world. This book deserves a place alongside histories of the Roman theater. Eleni Bozia, Text & Presentation, 2007; The Comparative Drama Series, 4 2007 Outstanding Academic Title -- Choice Magazine

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521861618
Publication date: 2nd November 2006
Author: C. W. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) Marshall
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Theatre studies,

About C. W. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) Marshall

C. W. Marshall is Associate Professor in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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