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THET110 Notes04/03/2009 10:21:00Dramaturgy with Gina PisasaleGot into theater in undergradUniversity of RichmondCast in Kung Fu Hamlet as OpheliaTech theater – worked in PhillyWent back to grad school, Villanova, MA in theaterDesigned and acted, introduced to dramaturgyWhat is a dramaturg?Play wrights representative in the rehearsal room and throughout the production process – understanding the playwrights intentA cultural translator; fundamental question that a dramaturg answers is why this play, at this time, in this theater?oWhy this play?  Understand the play and the dramatic tradition that the playwright was writing in.  Tragedy? Comedy? Romance? Why certain ideas?oWhy this time?  Spending all this money to give back, etc. oIn this theater?  What kind of theater should be used, different methods of communication while trying to communicate what the playwright was trying to sayMeans to the end.  Have to do the research so that your feedback comes from a very informed place, then you can be in a room as the most informed audience member.Production dramaturgesoInstitutional dramaturg – LAMDAoDramaturges are hired by institutionsoFreelancersoNew play dramaturg: 
oA dramaturg is like an editor to a playwright with extra layersDramaturges directors – they expect various things from different playwrightsoLee Smiley – sitting next to Lee, avenues of communication were like a highwayo

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