The Scenographic Imagination

The Scenographic Imagination by Darwin Reid Payne

ISBN10: 0809310090
ISBN13: 978-0809310098
Author: Darwin Reid Payne
Title: The Scenographic Imagination
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1981)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1287 kb
Size PDF: 1819 kb
Rating: 4.9/5
Votes: 381
Subcategory: Performing Arts

The Scenographic Imagination by Darwin Reid Payne

This is a revised, expanded version of Payne’s Design for the Stage: First Steps, the book Choice characterized as “An excellent text,” “a re­freshingly innovative approach to theatrical design with an artistic, theatrical, and histor­ical focus rather than the technical craft ori­entation found in most textbooks.”


Payne seeks to instill in beginning scenographers a basic core of knowledge: theater history and the development of drama; art history and an understanding of periods and styles of architecture, painting, sculp­ture, furnishing, and costume; and the prin­ciples, techniques, and materials in pictorial and three-dimensional design. He has incorporated into his text many suggestions for

outside readings, quoting passages and even entire chapters from important works. He stresses research, arguing that the scenogra­pher cannot grow without knowledge of the literature of his own and related arts.


John Kavelin, in Theatre Crafts, recom­mended Design for the Stage to any student, teacher, or practitioner of design, calling it a “literate, well-organized book.” The Sce­nographic Imagination is a bigger, deeper book.

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