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THEA210 - week of 10/3/2016

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THEA210 - week of 10/3/2016 THEA210

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These notes discuss the responsibilities of a director during a play.
Introduction to theater
John Burgess and Meredith Colti
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Grace Notetaker on Saturday October 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THEA210 at James Madison University taught by John Burgess and Meredith Colti in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Introduction to theater in Theater at James Madison University.


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Date Created: 10/08/16
THEA210 – week of 10/3/2016  Director o “Establishing and manipulating stage direction” – all ultimate decisions o double role  micro-level: small things, specific moments, pieces of costumes  “big picture”: concept, style o modern director developed in the end of the 1800’s  before – actor manager who was also part of the cast would somewhat act as director, not worried about small things  1800’s = development of theatrical realism, want everything to seem real o directional concept/approach: taking an already written play and focusing on their idea/story (i.e. Hamlet, but focus on the women’s perspective)  “interpreter of dramatic language” – guides play from written word to preformed action  traditionally pick play, then pick director; can go the other way  in control of casting  devised work – building from the ground up o Process:  Table work: first read through w/ director, cast, and other techs  Blocking: going through stage directions (center, down, up, left, right)  *actor left and right  Stumble-through: going through rough runs  Tech:  Wet-tech: tech + actors  Dry-tech: just cues, scene shifts, etc.; no actors  Cue-to-cue  Dress rehearsal  Run  Traditionally, the director’s job is done the day the performance starts o Modern directors still stay and continue to critique o Hamlet Directing Dilemma – Activity  Looked at different versions of Hamlet and analyzed director’s choices about Hamlet’s sanity  Act 3, Scene !: scene w/ Ophelia and Hamlet arguing


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