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Designers: Scenery and Costumes Resources Text. .. Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 9. Outside reading. .. J. Michael Gillette. Theatrical Design and Production . Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey. The Costume Designer's Handbook . Robert Edmond Jones. The Dramatic Imagination . Jo Mielziner. Designing for the Theatre . Scene Design | Costume Design Scene Design 1. List the four production designers. The scene , costume , light , and sound designer. 2. Who is considered the father of American scene design? R. E. Jones Robert Edmond Jones (1887-1954) graduated from Harvard in 1910, traveled to Europe to study the "New StageCraft" and returned to America at the beginning of World War I. He shocked the New York theatre audience in 1915 with his simple presentational set for The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife . He is primarily remembered today for his work with the Provincetown Players (1916-1929) and the Theatre Guild (1919- ) and their staging of Eugene O'Neill's early plays and the vivid dramatic lighting for productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth , Richard III , and Hamlet . The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife
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Shakespeare: Macbeth O'Neill: The Emperor Jone 3. What is the action-documentation-metaphor approach to scene design? Mordecai Gorelik The " action-documentation-metaphor " approach to design was developed and taught by New York designer Mordecai Gorelik (1900-1975). At the end of World War II, in the fall of 1945, the US Army created the Biarritz American University in southern France for the American forces serving over seas. One of the Fine Arts courses offered was Scene Design . The 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 The Scenic Imagination , 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 The Dramatic Imagination (1941). Action: Provide those elements -- doors, windows, steps, furniture -- needed by the director and the actor to stage the show. Documentation: Locate the action of the play in a specific place -- London, Berlin, New York -- and a specific time period -- 1890, 1936, 2000. The Metaphor 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 , a metaphor is "A figure of speech in which a word . .. that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison. .." For 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. ( Note :A simile would add the work like : The world is like a stage.) A possible scenic metaphor for Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid (1673) could be "an
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