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Then there is a period of previews, where the play is tried out before a group of spectators. This determines what parts of the play are successful and which are not The producer o The producer , or managing director, is the business component of a production, and is also the behind-the-scenes counterpart to the director. They: The producer oversees the entire business and publicity side of a production He/she may select a play to be presented, then decides who will carry out the components (Directing, designing, etc.) Producers are tied to a theatrical company; not usually free floating o The commercial producer has the following duties: Raising money to finance the production (events, fundraisers) Securing rights to the script (cannot perform in the same region as someone else) (very expensive to get the rights) Hiring the director, performers, designers, stage crews (figure out who and how much to pay them) Dealing with agents, theatrical unions (there so people get treated fairly) Renting the theatre space Supervising The work of those running the theatre: in the box office, auditorium, and business office Supervising the marketing/advertising Overseeing the budget and the week-to-week financial management of the production Chapter 6 Creating the World of the Play o All theatre productions begin with a script (blueprint) o The Playwrights job : Beings with an idea, an inspiration, a story Then, the idea must be put into a recognizable form (a play) What emerges is a script that establishes guidelines toward the ultimate realization of the idea o The playwright : Chooses the story to be told Selects characters Determines the sequence of dramatic scenes (picking and choosing what they’re going to do and when)
Writes the dialogue for the characters to speak The subject and verb of drama: people and action o The “subject” of theatre is always people: their hopes, dreams, joys, fears, and faults o The “verb” of theatre is that every dramatic character needs some form of action that defines them o Subject = PEOPLE o Verb= ACTION o Every play provides a conflict. It is a test devised by the playwright to show how the characters behave under conditions of stress . Through this test, the meaning of the play is brought out (they don’t have to have a meaning; don’t have to teach anything) Structural conventions: the rules of the game o In order to make certain that the events onstage will be dynamic, “grounded rules” have evolved for dramatic structure. Some of these are: 1. Limited space - theatre is limited to the stage, but there is also a limit within the play. The play is confined to its own world (what kind of stage? Ex: musical needs a proscenium) 2. Limited time - the time it takes for a performance to be completed, but also the time limit or deadline within the play—a fixed period in which the characters must complete an action 3. Strongly opposed forces - there is almost always one character that directly

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