Theatre in Video contains more than 250 of
the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video
documentaries, online in streaming video—more than 500 hours in all.
Theatre in Video System Requirements
to verify this resource can be accessed from your
Theatre in Video together
American Theatre Online, users will have a
single place to find the full text of a play, the history of its
performance, the production background, reference materials and
ephemera, and now the complete performance itself.
You may create
and share playlists containing a collection of your favorite videos by
creating a free account.
Videos in this collection can
be embedded in D2L course content.
Please view this step-by-step
procedure for the recommended method to provide
access both on and off campus.
Theatre in Video covers a wide range
of 20th century theatre history. Unlike
adaptations, these are the actual original productions, captured and
recorded while performed for a live theatre audience.
The first release of
Theatre in Video
will include notable productions of
Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller (1973), The Iceman
Cometh, by Eugene O’Neill (1960); Awake
and Sing!, by Clifford Odets (1972); Master Builder,
by Henrik Ibsen (1960); Much Ado About Nothing,
by William Shakespeare (1973); Six Characters in Search of an
Author, by Luigi Pirandello (1976); and many
Performances targeted for
future releases include King Lear with Orson Welles;
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman,
with Lee J. Cobb; Beckett’s Happy Days,
with Irene Worth; Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor,
with Lee Grant and Marsha Mason; Tennessee Williams’s
Eccentricities of a Nightingale, with Blythe
Danner; and a long list of additional productions.
Specially developed controlled vocabularies,
used with multiple and combinable search fields, enable users to browse
by genre, artist, time period, place, and other fields. The search can
be simple – show every production directed by Joseph Papp – or
complex. For example, find
all examples of political satire
after 1965, or,
find all instances of women
performing traditional male roles. Once the user identifies a video,
a click delivers the relevant section over the Internet. The user can
also choose to watch the entire video.
- Multiple productions of several of Shakespeare’s plays will
allow for comparative analysis, showing various interpretations of
the text and technical and cultural differences among the
- The stage work of legendary directors and actors are together
for the first time, cross searchable and available for side-by-side
- Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along
with excerpts of live performances, illustrate the development of
the texts and the productions. For example, users can watch and hear
Arthur Miller discussing The Ride Down Mount Morgan and
directing a rehearsal.
- Documentary histories examine such varied subjects as
The Globe Theatre; Edward Albee; The Royal
Shakespeare Company; The Federal Theatre Project; Luis Valdez and
El Teatro Campesino;
The New Drama As Viewed by
William Saroyan (examining the avant garde,
with excerpts from The Killer, by Eugene Ionesco,
The Sand Box, by Edward Albee, and Krapp's
Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett, with Myron McCormick);
Adolphe Appia’s Design Innovations;
The Role of Theatre in
Ancient Greece; and other topics.
Theatre in Video can be accessed from anywhere with a valid APSU ID.