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Performing Arts in Nonfiction

Under performing arts we understand all those forms which use the artist's own body, face and presence as a medium. These include dance, music, opera, theater, and circus arts.

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ER Diary by Brick Tilley

Brick Tilley began as an extra on the famous ER series TV show. He worked his way up to stand-in and finished as an actor. This is a diary he kept during 15 seasons. Included among other things is a detailed history of the Warner Brothers Studio and a description of a typical day of filming on the lot.

It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in working in the motion picture industry. This is the information you need in order to have a successful career in film.

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Aristophanes' Birds by Hurt McDermott

Hurt McDermott's adaptation of Aristophanes' text is a delight, its breezily contemporary tone easily comprehended by academics and ignorami alike. Literary allusions ("You don't expect me to believe that someone could write an interesting play about The Clouds, do you?") abound, side-by-side with casual colloquialisms—"Trying to kill a bird with two stones, huh?"—and flat-out puns ("I'd forget my head if it weren't attached to the body politic."). - Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

Most ancient Greek plays are brought into English by Greek scholars. The problem is that Greek...

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