Class 2 - Reading and Seeing a play

Class 2 - Reading and Seeing a play - Reading a play and...

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Reading a play and seeing a play (are not the same thing)
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Reading a play is like reading a Box score
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So how is a play like a box score? Do you have the same experience watching a ball game as you do reading the box score? How is it different? What is missing from reading a play versus seeing it?
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An Excerpt from “The Heart of Darkness” By Joseph Conrad . . . Who was not his friend who had heard him speak once?' she was saying. 'He drew men towards him by what was best in them.' She looked at me with intensity. 'It is the gift of the great,' she went on, and the sound of her low voice seemed to have the accompaniment of all the other sounds, full of mystery, desolation, and sorrow, I had ever heard--the ripple of the river, the soughing of the trees swayed by the wind, the murmurs of the crowds, the faint ring of incomprehensible words cried from afar, the whisper of a voice speaking from beyond the threshold of an eternal darkness. 'But you have heard him! You know!' she cried.
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Opening Scene from Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things (The Museum. Silence. Darkness.) (Large white box of a room. Wooden floor polished to a high shine. Several hallways feed off in different directions.) (A young woman stands near a stretch of velvet rope. She has a can in one hand and stares up at an enormous human sculpture. After a moment, a young man [in uniform] steps across the barrier and approaches her.) ADAM: … you’ve stepped over the line. Miss/ Umm, you stepped over… EVELYN: I know. / It’s “Ms.” ADAM: Okay, sorry, Ms, but, ahh… EVELYN: I meant to. / Step over… ADAM: What?/ Yeah, I figured you did. I mean, the way you did it and all, kinda
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course THEA 200 taught by Professor Theaterappreciate/understanding during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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