TDGE 1 Notes

TDGE 1 Notes - Lecture: 1/10/11 Playwriting the play is a...

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Lecture: 1/10/11 Playwriting – the play is a blueprint of what the production will become o Plays are not arguments or journalistic essays, not written to express a point Edward Albee (playwright) – “One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.” Characteristics of a Play o Blueprint of the production o Dialogue vs. images or explanations Written in dialogue – short interactions between people that don’t say it all subtext o Metaphor – an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something important in common Always something larger in the play Play is alluding to meaning and themes that are not explicitly said o Dramatic conflict Conflict of wants ( with another character) Conflict with self (values, identity, action) Conflict with nature Conflict with society: societal norms/values, government, economics, classes Conflict with greater powers o Stage directions o Creating Dialogue Relationship – 2 students, brother/sister, boyfriend/girlfriend Add circumstances – background, time, place Add objectives – what each wants from the other Add obstacle
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Raise the stakes o Repetition of Motifs Example: Death of a Salesman Money Family Self-Worth Identity Freytag’s – Well Made Play o Exposition Rising action Climax Falling action Denouement o Exposition – introduction of characters, place and circumstances. Introduction of protagonist, character who’s journey will be central story of the piece o Inciting incident – the event that “changes everything” – that sets forth the action of the play o Rising Action Conflict – conflict of will between opposing forces of protagonist and antagonist Crisis – the forces meet in a showdown Climax/resolution – the moment of truth which results in a breakthrough or change o Falling Action Denouement – tying up of loose ends as play heads to completion. The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot o Protagonist – the main character whose quest o Antagonist – the character who most directly works in opposition against in conflict to the protagonist Lecture: 1/12/11 Space o Circle theater – audience surrounds stage, actors must be in constant movement
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o Proscenium stage – audience has straight on view of theater space; most common theater layout More two dimensional o Thrust space – three sides, ‘thrusts’ out; audience is on three sides Good hybrid of circle and proscenium What happens in the space? o
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course TDGE 1 taught by Professor Salovey during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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TDGE 1 Notes - Lecture: 1/10/11 Playwriting the play is a...

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