The Director and the Producer

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The Director and the Producer Resources Text. .. Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 7. Outside reading. .. Harold Clurman. On Directing . New York: Macmillan. 1992, Reissued 1997 by Touchstone. Francis Hodge & Michael McLain. Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style . 6th edition, Allyn & Bacon, 2004. Stephen Langley. Theatre Management in America . New York: Drama Book Specialists. (paperback edition) 1995. Stephen Langley. Producers on Producing . New York: Drama Book Specialists. 1976. Internet. .. Playbill On-Line A searchable listing of shows playing in New York. nytheatre.com Another searchable listing of New York shows. The Director | The Producer The Director 1. Where and when did directing, as a creative theatrical art, emerge? George II, Duke of Saxe- Meiningen In Germany during the last quarter of the nineteenth century . Georg II (1826-1914), the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, a city-state in southern German, is generally considered Europe's first director. His company began touring the capitols of Europe in 1874. His productions were seen by theatre companies in Paris and Moscow. 2. Before the evolution of the modern director, who handled the interpretative/managerial responsibilities? The playwright , the leading actor ("star"), or the company manager .
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3. What is the difference between the creative director and the interpretative director? A creative director places his primary emphasis on his personal vision. He will often. .. 1. Change the period and location of the play's action; 2. Add songs, dances (pantomimes), and projections; 3. Include scenes from other scripts from the same playwright (or period), 4. Add a "Stage Manager" to help the audience understand the meaning of the work. The director has become the author ( auteur ) of a new work based on the playwright's text. This text, often one of the classic Greek or Shakespearean tragedies, is almost always in the public domain . One of America's most famous creative auteur directors was Orson Welles (1915- 1985). Probably his most famous New York production was the melodramatic, heavily edited 90 minute "Facist" Julius Caesar staged by the Mercury Theatre in 1937. The interpretative director places his primary emphasis on the playwright's text. There is often a fine line between a creative ( Sophocles Antigone set in Nazi Germany) and an interpretative ( Antigone set in 5th century BCE Corinth) production. 4. What is the director's major responsibility? To develop a dramatic interpretation of the playwright's script. The first step in developing an interpretation is a detailed analysis of the script. Since I am asking you to analyze a play ( Hamlet or The Importance of Being Earnest ) I thought it would be appropriate to look at a few of the questions a director must answer. 1.
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