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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers,9780240810492

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers continues to serve both the practical and creative experiences of theatrical production. Students will immediately be able to incorporate the concepts and processes they learn and benefit from clear examples, end-of-chapter questions and summaries created to stimulate ingenuity as they engage in production work.

Author Biography

James Thomas is Professor of Theatre at Wayne State University, where he is head of the PhD program and director of the department's Study Abroad program at the Moscow Art Theatre School. His work also includes translations of the works of Russian director Anatoly Efros.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Action Analysisp. 1
Eventsp. 2
Action Analysis and Nonrealistic Playsp. 25
Given Circumstancesp. 38
Timep. 40
Placep. 45
Societyp. 49
Economicsp. 56
Politics and Lawp. 58
Learning and the Artsp. 58
Spiritualityp. 60
The World of the Playp. 60
Given Circumstances in Nonrealistic Playsp. 62
Background Storyp. 70
Techniquep. 73
Identificationp. 77
Background Story in Nonrealistic Playsp. 89
External and Internal Actionp. 93
External Actionp. 94
Internal Actionp. 102
External and Internal Action in Nonrealistic Playsp. 114
Progressions and Structurep. 129
Progressionsp. 129
Structurep. 141
Progressions and Structure in Nonrealistic Playsp. 150
Characterp. 168
Objectivesp. 169
Actionsp. 172
Adaptations - An Asidep. 176
Conflictp. 177
Will Powerp. 179
Valuesp. 182
Personality Traitsp. 186
Complexityp. 188
Relationshipsp. 190
Character in Nonrealistic Playsp. 191
The Score of a Rolep. 193
Ideap. 200
Idea in the Wordsp. 201
Idea in the Charactersp. 210
Idea in the Plotp. 214
The Main Ideap. 218
Idea in Nonrealistic Playsp. 222
Postscript on Action Analysisp. 228
Dialoguep. 229
Wordsp. 230
Sentencesp. 232
Lengthp. 233
Speechesp. 239
Punctuationp. 239
Special Qualitiesp. 245
Poetryp. 246
Theatricalityp. 251
Dialogue in Nonrealistic Playsp. 259
Tempo, Rhythm, and Moodp. 263
Tempop. 264
Rhythmp. 276
Mood and Atmospherep. 279
Tempo, Rhythm, and Mood in Nonrealistic Playsp. 282
Closing Notes on Nonrealistic Playsp. 283
The Style of the Playp. 287
Given Circumstancesp. 287
Background Storyp. 292
Plotp. 295
Characterp. 302
Ideap. 304
Dialoguep. 306
Atmospherep. 308
A Final Wordp. 312
Appendix: Further Questions for Script Analysisp. 314
Bibliographyp. 318
Indexp. 324
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