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Lecture/demonstration 4: Given Circumstances = Situation = Back Story James Gandolfini talked about the importance of creating a back story for the characters he plays. If he hasn’t done enough back story its like standing out there with no pants on—he’s not doing his work. “Back story” is the same as given circumstances. You use your imagination and information in the text to answer the Five Ws: Who – Where- When – What - Why . As you begin to work on your open scenes you will invent those answers. “Who” answers, “who are you as well as who are the other characters?” and “what is your relationship to each other, what is your history?” “Where” needs to be very specific. For example we are in a theatre. Longstreet Theatre is very large, audience on all sides and an elevated stage. Another theatre might be very small, with only 50 seats. That would change our circumstance or situation.
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