New York: Reinhold, 1949. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. viii, 228, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; review copy. Item #19803
This book provides a basic understanding and complete details about all kinds of productions; architecture, design, and specific problems are studied so that theatres and auditoriums may be more intelligently planned. This is the first book which undertakes to derive plan (size, shape, arrangement and equipment) from an analysis of function and employs critical and constructive comment. Detailed consideration is given to the production of the show, whether legitimate, operatic or movies, and to the demands of theatrical presentation in different situations. Particular attention is given to advanced trends in play production and to technological developments, especially in regard to lighting and sound control. The book contains many illustrative sketches selected to emphasize features seldom understood by a person unfamiliar with theatrical processes.