Directors work is ambiguous Director artistic element of

Directors work is ambiguous director artistic element

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Director's work is ambiguous Director: coordinates/integrates artistic element of the production Interpret and present No dedicated director in Elizabethan theatre Then the actor manager was created Performed the director's duties Approving design choices/ helping actors Henry Irving: actor-manager Oversaw casting, designs, and acted in the leading roles (hamlet) Laura Keene: actress-manager Became one of most powerful women in theatre in new york She was performing on stage when lincoln was killed Gerg II, duke of saxe-meiningen was known to theatre Productions under his supervision were famous for the historical accuracy Only wanted authentic materials from the time period Choreographed/stage crowd scene Supernumerary: appears in small parts or as an extra in a crow scene All about realism What the director does Read the play Reread the play Read the play again Must understand the play Four main areas of research on a play Historical: what was going on when the playwright was writing this Critical: uncovering what has been written about the play by scholars/critics Literary: looking at play's structure, genre, themes, and actions Biographical: learning about life of playwright Production concept: director's concept "central idea that unifies and informs all elements of production to make it unique" Provides blueprint for how to tell a story Director's responsibilities Casting Rehearsal Can last for 2-6 weeks to understand characters and their actions Staging: arranging the characters and props;
Positioning actors Blocking: arraigning actors movements across stage Stage business: actor's small scale movements Prop: food/laptop/wine/glass Coaching: inspiring cast to do the best work Shapes actor's performance by working with actor's understanding of character Directing: Create environment where actors can explore and do best work 4.4 Dramaturg: help contextualize the play for the members of the production team, actors, and audience Works closely with director to assist with research, script preparation, and a critical eye Takes info and makes it useful to the production team Serves as a liaison to public Called "information designer" Dramaturgy: set of choice that artist makes in brining an inner script into a live performance Good a transforming info into knowledge Dramaturgical question: why this play now? 7.1 British playwright Simon Steven: the politics of representation Identity politics: o How do we see ourselves? o How do others see us? o Reinforce, resist, reinvent Henrik ibsen (father of realism) confronted the subject of stds in the play "ghosts" Augsut strindberg (also pioneer of realism and influenced by darwin): "miss Julie" about sexual attraction that cuts across social classes o Widely produced toady bc heterosexual sex across classes is bad

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