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Unformatted text preview: 9-28-07Spotlight on Theatrical Labor IPlaywrights, Directors, DesignersA different kind of Labor Day… Playwrights•Playwright – wright = builder, so playwright is a builder of playso“wright” foregrands proess of creation rather than isolated lightning strikes of geniusoSolo or in collaborationoThey usually build actual written scripts•Where to start?oImagination, personal, experience, story – real or imagined, books, current events philosophical or political point, desire for changeoResearch: keen observance of current events, reading, other plays, learning about a historical period, reading similar stories, observation for real people human behavior, read philosophical document. CREATIVEMore acts related to playwrights•Writing along? With writing groups? In class?•Reading (and revising)•Workshops and staged readings: experimenting with mapping the text on bodies and voices•Working with dramaturge (more of the later)oDramaturge – trying out stuff so playwright can make decisions; provide materials related to•Possibly Letting it go: through agents, other productions; sometimes hard for playwrights to retain controlDirectors•Can be one person, can be a group, can be performances and other collaborators directing each other•In most professional theatre, director is singular•Most accurate to say: Director as a force who ties things togetherA variety of models of directors•The plays “midwife” (?) delivering the play•An audiences “surrogate” working for clarity of meanings and experience•Translator•Interpreter•Author•A creator, tied to an idea that the directory is a primary creative tone•One of many collaborations, not only one in chargeSteps for director•Familiarization with play and materials•Facilitating the formation of an interpretation (concept) toward which everyone works•Production meetings (many): For exploring and dealing how design can support concept1Later in Production Process•Casting the play•Running rehearsals•Stage images (emphasis, visual interest, variety)•Related: use of space (width, depth, height)•Responsible: (with designers) for the misc en scene10-3-07American Melodrama and Blackface MinstrelsyMelodrama (Titanic was an example used in class to demonstrate melodrama)•Europe and the U.S., 1800s•Moral LessonsoVirtuous heroes vs. evil villainsoPoetic justice (bad guy gets it in the end)oAppeal to sentimentoAppeal to group identity•Local color and characters oEx. Living in Austin and watching The Real Word Austin (limited local color)oEx. Bose the Fireman represented NYC Firefighters•Fast-paced, episodic plot •Spectacle!!! (Equestrians! Water effects!)•People came for the BIG show when they came to see MelodramaoThere would be REAL horses on stage and REAL puddles of waters of lakes•Music (melo-drama)Two types of American Melodrama•Heroic Melodrama (1830s)oMostly male working class audiencesoViolence and actionoNoble hero vs. corrupt society•Moral Reform Melodrama (1840s)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.
- Fall '07