The Alchemy of Astonishment

Engaging the Power of Theatre

by Will Weigler

Stage director Will Weigler analyzed nearly 100 stories from people about their most unforgettable experiences at the theatre, and turned the results of his research into a vocabulary of staging strategies that anyone can access to powerfully express the stories they want to tell through theatre. Combining theory with application, The Alchemy of Astonishment, with its supplementary deck of teaching cards, is a useful resource for scholars, educators, students, theatre goers, and theatre artists to share a language that will allow them to meet as equitable partners in the creative co-authorship and staging of dynamic and compelling plays.

Winner of the 2017 Distinguished Book Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.

Book and teaching cards design by Kit Maloney
Cover photo of Freya Gallagher-Berg by Justin Carter

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  • Foreword

    by Arlene Goldbard
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  • Introduction

    by Will Weigler
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  • isbn
    978-1-55058-586-5 (paperback)
  • publisher
    University of Victoria Libraries
  • publisher place
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • restrictions
    All rights reserved, excluding brief portions quoted for the purposes of review.
  • rights
    © 2016 by Will Weigler