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Playwright and Director

by: Jordan Rouse

Playwright and Director TA 110

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Week 6 notes
intro to theatre
Professor Ritter
Class Notes
playwright, Director, Week 6
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jordan Rouse on Tuesday February 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TA 110 at University of Kentucky taught by Professor Ritter in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see intro to theatre in Theatre at University of Kentucky.


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Date Created: 02/16/16
Week 6: Playwright and Director  Playwright creates blueprint  Greeks are 1 playwrights  Creates rules and world  Creates basics, not final product; willing to leave ideas open to the director  Dialogue tells the story through conversation  Dramatic Structure Categories: 1. Climatic- Builds to a climax, then resolves/ standard 2. Episodic- long period of time/ similar to climatic 3. Absurdic, Experimental, Advant Garde  Dialogue 1. Action unfolds trhough conversation 2. Reveals character 3. Speak in different ways  Characters 1. Protagonist 2. Antagonist 3. Representative 4. Stock character/dominant trait 5. Narrator  Genre 1. Tragedy 2. Comedy  Farce  Satire 3. Tragicomedy 4. History 5. Melodrama  What Playwrights should do for a Short Play - Conflict - Don’t have characters describe, do them - Keep your audience guessing - Good hero, good villain - Reference original scripts Director  Oversees everyone’s tasks  Demanding   History o Often Playwright or lead actor o Had an Actor Manager in 19 century, directed, but also acted o 1880s emergence of modern director (not actor or playwright)  If playwright is author of play, director is author of production, called Auter  Credit for good show, blame for bad one  First people given credit for directing= Duke of Saxe Meiningan  Tasks of the Director o Understand all aspects of the script o Research about play o Work with design team, o Cast the actors o Run rehearsals o Works occur before rehearsal  Directors concept= unifying concept  Directors can go too far, copyright laws; need Artistic License


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