Theater Appreciation Notes 4

Theater Appreciation Notes 4 - • Things in parenthesis...

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October 27, 2009 Lecture (POST EXAM 1) (Continuation) -Director responsibilities o Things director must keep in mind when developing a play: Style Mood – feeling or emotions generated from the clash of forces in the dramatic action. Tempo – The changing rates or beats of the dramatic action. Idea -Exercise that any director and actor has to do o Script Analysis Example Script: Hamlet Bernardo: Who’s There? Francisco: Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself. Bernardo: Long live the King! Francisco: Bernardo? Bernardo: He. Francisco: You come most carefully upon your hour. Bernardo: “Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed, Francisco. Francisco: For this relief much thanks. “Tis bitter cold. And I am sick at heart. Bernardo: Have you had quiet guard? Francisco: Not a mouse stirring. Bernardo: Well, good night. If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
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If script is under copyright, must use every syllable.
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Unformatted text preview: • Things in parenthesis are by preceding directors, or playwrights. • If play copyrights are expired, called “public domain”. • Hamlet is a public domain. We all own it. We can do anything we want to the words. • Remember triangle? Refer to script. · Look at the facts o It is 12 midnight. (“good night” is only a clue. Does not prove.) o It is absolutely quiet. (“Not a mouse stirring”) o Francisco is a guard (“at his post”) o Bernardo is a guard (“Thanks for this relief”) o It is cold (“bitter cold”) o The king has died (“long live the king”) o Francisco is anxious (“I am sick at heart”) o Bernardo is scared (clue “bid them make haste”) o Something is wrong (clue “you come most carefully at your hour”) • What kind of people would the king hire to be his guard? • What are indicators that something is wrong? • Dwell on the idea of the characteristics of a guard, a highly skilled guard, and tell me what you see being wrong....
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