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Art of Theatre Week 2

by: Eric Hoover

Art of Theatre Week 2 THEA 11000

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Covers: -The Playwright -The Director and Producer
The Art of the Theatre
James A. Weaver
Class Notes
Playwriting, directing, producing, theatre




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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Eric Hoover on Saturday September 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THEA 11000 at Kent State University taught by James A. Weaver in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see The Art of the Theatre in Theatre at Kent State University.

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Date Created: 09/10/16
9/5 – Labor Day – No Class 9/7 – The Playwright What does the playwright do? Write the play Plot Characters Scenery (to an extent) (time and place) Playwrights began as storytellers in the oral tradition They became playwrights as the stories were written down Sources of inspiration: A group whose interaction intrigues you Imaginary worlds Famous person or story Various items that surround you A feeling The 5 essential ingredients Plot - the story (what order the events are) Character - people in the plot, should have distinct age, personality, appearance Theme - main idea Language - Playwright uses this to compose dialogue and monologue Rhythm - music can help with rhythm and can also be on its own like in musicals Spectacle - scenery, costumes, special FX What a good play has: (as Prof. Weaver says) -Action (ties in with plot) -Suspense -Believability (suspended disbelief) -Fluidity - not feeling like you're being jerked in between your world and the play's world -Compression - ebb and flow, not too slow or too fast Two main categories of inspiration: Character plays Event plays Historic beginnings Oral traditions: Griots/Griottes - African oral traditions - memory, history, weddings, families, they could go back centuries Sutradharas - string pullers (occasionally accompany themselves with musical instruments) - India and Asia, also helped to translate stuf Biwa Hoshi - lute priest in Japan Bards - medieval Europe - Poet/musicians, worked for the nobles Dramatic Action All drama action involves conflict. Dramatic action is always in the present tense Most stories have the same basic structural elements Dramatic Structure 1 Point of Attack (where the story begins) 2 Protagonist (hero) 3 Antagonist (villain) 4 World of the play 5 Exposition - Background/setup (What's going on? What's the reason?) 6 Foreshadowing - hints to future events 7 Inciting incident - the event that starts the main conflict 8 Rising and Falling Action - the buildup to the climax/resolution. Peaks and valleys. Falls in with fluidity 9 Climax - the peak point of the conflict, provides characters with a goal 10 Resolution (conclusion) - ties everything up Character analysis 1 Given circumstances 2 Values 3 Superobjective 4 Actions 5 Motivation 9/9 – The Director/Producer George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen/the first director. George broke up the "star system." It used to be that the playwright, or even one of the actors, acted as the director Auteur director = one who directs for his/her own artistic vision, instead of the playwright's. Stage Manager = the director's right-hand man. Understand director's approach set schedules running record of changes (bible) Functions of the director: Pick a play/script? (Depends on situation) Artistic directors in regional theatres are usually the ones who pick the plays Research the script Figure out the spine of play (main thru line, the ultimate lesson) Pick the approach in which the play will be conducted (a.k.a. Portrayal, style) Naturalism Romanticism Expressionism Allegory Casting (what actors will fit roles) Run Auditions Rehearsal Blocking/spacing (placement of actors/objects physically on stage) Technical Rehearsal Dress rehearsal The Producer - commercial = Business Manager! Raise money to fund the production Secure script rights Dealing with agents, and getting contracts for playwright, director, actors, etc. Staf (Box office, concessions, ushers, house manager, accountant!) Dealing with union (Actor's Equity, etc) Ensemble pieces - pay is equal Book the venue Keep track of the budget Advertising Profit distribution


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