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Not only will Modern Theatre Online lay before you the theatre productions
themselves, but the Web site will also relate fascinating and newsworthy
events and theatre lore, changing mores, important laws and new technologies,
These developments were significant in shaping theatre as we know it today and
continue to make theater the ever-changing artistic medium that excites
audiences all over the world.
In addition to covering the world-renowned theatre centers of New York and
London, we intend, from time to time, to include major theatrical events in
cities as well -- productions such as those of the Royal Shakespeare in
Stratford-upon-Avon, or world premieres of plays by major authors in Chicago,
Los Angeles, Edinburgh or Dublin. Our Web site format allows our staff to constantly update and
keep au courant with what is happening on the theatre scene nationally and
internationally. Our feedback page will allow our audience to send additional information which previously has not been portrayed.
The long-term objective, after achieving our target of comprehensive coverage
for New York and London, will be to move on to the inclusion of theatrical
events in other locations, eventually in other languages.
Our major theatre categories for the Web site include: Productions,
People/Corporations, Places, Awards, Theater Laws and
Technology, with Bulletin Board and Feedback pages for audience interactive
participation. In the interest of including as much information as possible
without crowding the Web site, the project has sometimes broadened the Web
site's categories, making do with a slightly less rigorous order. What follows are some general clarifications, which
may be helpful to understanding Modern Theater Online.
"Production" entries start with a general synopsis -- including plot
summaries, critical responses, theater location, opening and closing dates --
then continues with more detailed elements such as producers and technical and
artistic talent involved in the production.
"Person" entries provide a brief overview of their life and achievements, then
a record of productions in which the individual performed or to which they
made a contribution.
"Author" entries are used both for playwrights and for the writer of the book
in a musical.
"Music" is used for the composer of a work, which has music as its main
interest or purpose -- such as a musical comedy, ballet or opera.
"Incidental Music" covers a large area, from the composer of an extensive
incidental score all the way to the person in charge of simply selecting
pre-recorded music to be played. When the same person is listed both for
"Incidental Music" and "Sound" this last is often the case.
"Choreography" includes any person in charge of movement during musical
sequences when it is not the overall director.
If more than one person is listed for any one theater position, names are not
alphabetized, but are given in the order they are found in the source
If an evening is made up of one-act plays, it is listed under the overall
title, with a note to see the individual titles. This produces some
duplication. Shorter sketches, which do not have an independent life of their
own, such as those found in most revues, are not listed.
Modern Theater online is using the technology of the future to preserve the
proud legacy of English-speaking theater and to be able to have audiences all
over the world access this exciting heritage with the click of a button!