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IC - THEA 13000 - Class Notes - Week 4

School: Ithaca College
Department: Theatre
Course: Script Analysis
Professor: Steve Teneyck
Term: Fall 2016
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Name: Script Analysis, Week 4 Notes
Description: -A Raisin in the Sun plot structure analysis -Previous Action: Exposition, Cautions, Techniques, etc.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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background image A Raisin in the Sun Plot Structure: POA: “C’mon now boy…” – Ruth waking up Walter on couch  Inciting Action: Check arrives, Ruth tells Mama she’s pregnant, W 
asks M for $, M puts down payment on house
Climax: Walter says they’re moving, offer to move, W finds out his $ 
was stolen
New Stasis: Moving, W in charge, Beneatha going to Africa, M trusting 
W
Previous Action: Premise: We need to understand the lives of the characters have lived 
before the point of attack in order to understand the current action
Exposition: Previous action/antecedent action/backstory o Special kind of narrative to inform audience to the background to a particular situation o Involves all that happens before the play
o “Revelation of Previous Action”
Cautions: Background story shouldn’t be dull or undramatic o Different characters interpret the past in different ways (be sure  you know what’s fact) o Determine which facts are important and highlighted them 
o Turn them into present actin
o Look for ways that exposition propels the story forward
Historic Technique: (Opening scene of  Hamlet) o Backstory emerges early as long speeches
o Popular in plays written before 19
th  century  o Focuses attention/covers all backstory early
o Can be boring/hard to make vital/lots for audience to take in 
Modern Technique: (Opening scene of  The Wild Duck) o Early part of 19 th  century—more sophisticated ways of revealing  backstory o This was the introduction of the “well-made play” – cause and  effect o Most of backstory is still at beginning of play, but broken down  into smaller pieces o Shared among several characters
o “Below the stairs” scenes—servants talk about previous time 
(Ibsen) Modern-Retrospective Method: o A subset of Modern technique
o Distributed exposition in fragments throughout the entire play is 
more interesting o On-stage action moves forward while past unfolds
o Avoid revealing important backstory until last possible moment

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School: Ithaca College
Department: Theatre
Course: Script Analysis
Professor: Steve Teneyck
Term: Fall 2016
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Name: Script Analysis, Week 4 Notes
Description: -A Raisin in the Sun plot structure analysis -Previous Action: Exposition, Cautions, Techniques, etc.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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