Final Theatre Guided- Reading Questions
1) What is the initial framework for design?
- the play itself
The first stage in creating a play’s design is a conceptual one, during which design ideas
emerge from the designers’ reading the script. Researching its historic, intellectual, and
stylistic context, and imagining its potential impact on the expected audience.
2) What is the difference between realistic and metaphoric scenery?
: attempts to depict, often in great detail, a specific time and place in
the real world where the play’s events are presumed to take place
: favors, instead, visual images that seek to provoke the
production’s intended theme, mood, or social/political implications.
3) Describe the design of a box set.
- By the nineteenth century, this “wing and drop set” as it was known, yielded to
the “box set
”: a three-dimensional construction of inter-connected hard-covered
“flats” (representing the walls and ceilings of a real room)
, which was then filled with
real furniture and real properties taken from ordinary real-world environments.
4) What technological advances have allowed scenery to be more realistic?
- Motorized, computer-controlled logical advances in motorized, computer-
controlled lighting and scene shifting.
5) What is the scrim, and how does it work?
A loosely woven, gauzy fabric long a staple of theater “magic,” is opaque
when lit from the audience’s side but almost transparent when lit from behind
is thus employed to make actors and even whole sets seem to instantly appear or
disappear, simply with the flick of a switch on the light board.
6) Why are properties (props) crucial?
- They are not only crucial in establishing realism but also in enhancing mood and
7) What was used for stage lighting in 1439?
- A production of the Annunciation in Florence,
1,000 oil lamps were used for
illumination, plus a host of candles were lighted
by a “ray of fire” that shot through the
8) What brought stage lighting into the modern phase?
The invention of the gaslight in the 19
century and the development of
electricity- first in carbon arc and “limelight” electrical lighting and then in
, brought stage lighting into its modern phase and made it less strictly
showy and more pertinent to individual works and dramatic action.