EXAM 3 REVIEW
~What Directors do= familiarize themselves with the play text,
formation of a concept toward which everyone can work, hold many production
cast the play, run the rehearsals, take care of stage images (ex:
emphasis, visual interest, variety.)
~Directors also take care of use of space, help actors develop movement/
gesture, and work with the actors on voice and speech.
~Dramaturgs (Greek dramatourgia- meaning a dramatic composition) = Someone
who specializes in the structure of plays.
There are three types=
A. Production dramaturges= research the “world of the play”, attend rehearsals,
work the director’s sound board, and offer text-based suggestions. Production
dramaturges also provide the context for the audience by writing program
notes, lobby display posts, or pre-show discussions.
B. Developmental dramaturges (AKA the play nanny/ midwife)= All about
relationships, do one on one work with writers, readings, hold workshops for
changing the aesthetic of new plays, work with the audience to facilitate
C. Institutional dramaturges (AKA the literary manager)= Do lots of reading, select
translations/ editions, work with cutting the scripts, do season selection for the
play (ex: why this play at this time for this audience)
~Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed= Founded on the belief that
marginalized and exploited classes desire CHANGE. It aims to explore those
desires and rehearse ways of acting on them.
“Arsenal” of a variety of theater techniques, and uses theater as a “rehearsal for
The audience role sought by the theater of the oppressed was that of the “spect-
actor” in other words wanted audience members to reflect on circumstances
(Brecht) but also activate intervention.
Spectators are more likely to become spect-actors if they feel empowered
because the subject matter is their own experience.
Eastern Performances= (Qwwali/ storytelling/ shadow theater)
~Sufium= Started in the Middle East in the 8
century, it compasses spinning in
circles til dizzy and feeling higher, a musical vehicle for ecstasy.
~Modern qwwali= Usted Fatch Ali, did a collaboration with Peter Gabriel on “in
your eyes.” It is more serious with no dancing and lots of hand gestures. Its
There are two traditional forms of
Arabic performace- 1. Shadow theater and
~Storytelling- before Islam storyteller was the town crier. During the Islamic era, a