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Summary

All the world is a stage, Shakespeare tells us, and we are all its players. In fact, since the dawn of human history, we find evidence of theatre and performance. And throughout that history, this unique art form has flourished.

In this engaging series of lectures, theatre historian, Megan Lewis takes listeners on a journey from the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans to the modern era as she explores how theatre - a live event that synthesizes many other art forms and disciples in a collaborative process of storytelling - entertains, educates, and inspires us, as well as helps build community and reflect society. Dr. Lewis begins by mapping the ancient origins of performance, as a communal storytelling and myth making endeavor, while she discusses the traditional birthplace of theatre in ancient Greece as well as its African predecessors.

Subsequent lectures explore the classical origins of theatre in the West; the Roman Theatre; theatre in the medieval world; the national theatres of Shakespeare and Lope de Vega; the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration periods; as well as non-Western performance traditions in Asia, Africa, and India. In addition, physical theatres such as the Italian Commedia dell'arte and Japanese Bunraku puppetry are examined. Covering performances that make-believe and those that make belief, Professor Lewis also passionately discusses the art, politics and meaning of theatre and how it offers humans a space in which to imagine new realities and suggest different possibilities or to incite action and bring about social change.

©2013 Megan Lewis (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC

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Very informative

Really enjoyed the lectures. Very informative and split across world timelines right up to the present century.

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delivery is not acceptable

What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar: All the World a Stage?

Her delivery is not acceptable. She is all over the place with her voice. She should have booked a respected voice actor to read her text. She gabbles, she witters, and she really does sound irritating. She talks nineteen to the dozen.
Furthermore she's dotting around the various types and eras of theatre history, and skips from Europe to America...... there's no linear structure. Deeply irritating. And why does she keep on saying "Riiiigght?" all the time. No no no this needs more work.

What could Megan Lewis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Book a proper voice actor, or she can't do that, slow down, stop wittering, stop the nervous ticks and laughter,, review the text. and understand that gabbling doesn't make the information more interesting. And going right all the time... just stop.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No