The Emperor Jone
3. What is the action-documentation-metaphor approach to scene design?
" approach to design was developed
and taught by New York designer
(1900-1975). At the
end of World War II, in the fall of 1945, the US Army created the
in southern France for the American forces serving
over seas. One of the Fine Arts courses offered was
professor was Mordecai Gorelik. Ten year later, in the mid 50's, he was
conducting 12 week workshops for designers, directors and playwrights in
New York City. Twenty years later, in the mid 60's, he was teaching
, a two quarter, 20 week graduate level seminar at
Southern Ilinois Univerity in Carbondale. The course title was probably
chosen in homage to his mentor, Robert Edmond Jones, the author of
Provide those elements -- doors, windows, steps, furniture -- needed by the
director and the actor to stage the show.
Locate the action of the play in a specific place -- London, Berlin,
New York -- and a specific time period -- 1890, 1936, 2000.
is Gorelik's trademark and is used to assist the designer in developing
a specific tone, mood, style, or feel for the play. According to
is "A figure of speech in which a word .
.. that ordinarily designates one
thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison.
example: "All the world's a stage,.
.." (William Shakesepare,
As You Like It
, Act II,
scene 7). In less poetic terms -- the world is a stage. (
would add the
: The world is
The Imaginary Invalid
(1673) could be "an