My Other Books

The Theatre Experience

The fourteenth edition of The Theatre Experience is students' ticket to the best seat in the house. From Broadway to makeshift theater spaces around the world, the author demonstrates the active and lively role they play as audience members by engaging them in the collaborative and creative processes behind and in front of the curtain. Wilson introduces students to the roles of the performers, directors, producers and designers, while emphasizing the insights they as audience members bring to any production. The thirteenth edition better accommodates today's teaching schedules, as well as improves accessibility for students by concise insight and up-to-date vibrant production visuals. Students join the creative process with The Theatre Experience, and rehearse for their role as life-long audience members.

Shaw on Shakespeare


(Applause Books). "With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his." - From SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE Celebrated playwright, critic and essayist George Bernard Shaw was more like the Elizabethan master that he would ever admit. Both men were intristic dramatists who shared a rich and abiding respect for the stage. Shakespeare was the product of a tempestuous and enlightening era under the reign of his patron, Queen Elizabeth I; while G.B.S. reflected the racy and risque spirt of the late 19th century as the champion of modern drama by playwrights like Ibsen, and, later, himself. Culled from Shaw's reviews, prefaces, letters to actors and critics, and other writings, SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE offers a fascinating and unforgettable portrait of the 16th century playwright by his most outspoken critic. This is a witty and provocative classic that combines Shaw's prodigious critical acumen with a superlative prose style second to none (except, perhaps, Shakespeare!).

Theatre, The Lively Art

(Co-author, Alvin Goldfarb)

In its outstanding tenth edition, Theatre: The Lively Art remains the best-selling Introductory Theatre text for Theatre Appreciation courses. It incorporates a number of elements in one volume:
• An introduction to the audience’s experience of theatre
• An investigation of the elements of theatre: the audience; the text; theatre  
  artists,  including actors, directors, theatrical space; and scenic, costume, lighting 
  and sound design
• A study of the important developments in the history of theatre

In addition to serving as an ideal text for non-majors, Theatre: The Lively Art will also prepare students who wish to continue studies in theatre, as majors, minors, or students from other disciplines who take advanced courses.

Living Theatre: A History of Theatre

(Seventh edition, Co-author: Alvin Goldfarb)

Living Theatre: A History conveys the excitement and variety of theatre throughout time, as well as the dynamic way in which our interpretation of theatre history is informed by contemporary scholarship. Rather than presenting readers with a mere catalog of historical facts and figures, it sets each period in context through an exploration of the social, political and economic conditions of the day, creating a vivid study of the developments in theatre during that time.

More than any other theatre history, Living Theatre connects the past theatre to the present theatre and the present theatre to the past, integrating history in a way that brings theatre of the past vividly alive and relevant to the theatre today.

Anthology of Living Theatre

​(Third edition, Co-editor – Alvin Goldfarb)

The Patron Murders

“A smashing debut! Patron Murders is a diabolically witty mystery that begins as a classic backstage murder before spinning into the ether where New York’s leading patrons of the Arts are most inventively and gruesomely dispatched.  The Art World trembles! Thanks to a gentleman actor doubling as detective [Shades of Lord Peter Wimsey], who mourns a mythical past where things like this never happened who also has a knack for using the latest technology, he solves the case most satisfactorily. Wilson’s intimate knowledge of the way New York works pays off with an ending right out of Moliere’s Misanthrope.  I believe reviewers in another time would call this “A delicious romp.”  I call it ‘A very good read.’”
-- John Guare, playwright, author of The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body; member of The Theatre Hall of Fame.


© 2019 by Edwin Wilson.