Chap3 - Chapter 3 The Playscript The Playscript as Starting...

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Chapter 3: The Playscript The Playscript as: Starting point for theatrical production Entity that remains intact after production Blueprint for production or for reader’s imagination The Playscript may serve as the basis for numerous productions, which may or may not be similar in style. Production A = Production B Production A = Production B
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The Playscript The Production The Playscript While the Playscript and the Production are connected closely, they are separate entities. Playscripts: considered Dramatic Literature often taught separately from Theatre most fully experienced during Production
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Requires reader to envision the action Requires reader to synthesize information from a variety of sources, including: Stage Directions Dialogue Character Interaction What is Unspoken On Reading a Play How does reading a Play differ from reading other types of Literature?
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Dramatic Action According to Aristotle Play = a representation of human beings in action Action = what characters do and why they do it According to Francis Fergusson Dramatic Action builds through 3 steps: Purpose : awareness of desire or goal Passion : strength of desire or suffering Perception : understanding that comes from struggle
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Dramatic Action Characteristics of Effective Dramatic Action Complete and Self-Contained: beginning, middle, end Deliberate Shape or Organization that reveals Purpose Variety Engages and Maintains Interest Internal Consistency
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Methods of Organizing Dramatic Action A play is composed of incidents organized to accomplish a purpose. Suzan Zeder Playwright Theatre for Youth Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor The University of Texas at Austin On Play Structure
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Methods of Organizing Dramatic Action Most Common Sources of Unity : Cause-to-Effect : logical progression of actions/events Character : all events focus on one character Thought : scenes linked by central theme or idea Other Sources of Unity : Dominant Mood Visual Style Distinctive Use of Language
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Chap3 - Chapter 3 The Playscript The Playscript as Starting...

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