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  • Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr


Modern drama is often characterized by alienation and hostility, whether it’s between the actors and their audiences, the playwright and the actors, or the playwright and the audience. The Introduction explains how this VSI takes as its starting point this sense of opposition, breaking with convention, and moving into a new relationship with the audience to explore modern drama and the changing nature of theatrical experience. It looks at how playwrights, directors, actors, and designers question, pull apart, and even attack the very medium they are working in, in order to reassemble and refashion it. The major developments of modern drama are covered, from early modernist theatre in the 1880s through post-war developments to the present day.

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