Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-23
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Play Directingdescribes the role of the director as artist-leader working in collaboration with actors and designers in bringing a play to life. Some of the key topics include: play analysis, interpretation, fundamentals of staging including developing effective groundplans and blocking, mastery of style in playscripts and prduction, and effective working with actors and designers as key collaborators. This text is ideal for Introductory and Intermediate-level stage directors.

Table of Contents

Preface and Credits for Photographs
Why the Director?
What Is a Play? Analysis and Improvisation
Play-Analysis: Taking A Play Apart
The Foundation and Facade of the Playscript: Given Circumstances and Dialogue
The Core of the Playscript: Dramatic Action and Characters
Idea and Rhythm-Mood Beats
The Director's Preparation
Communication 1: The Director-Actor Relationship And Stage Blocking
Directing Is Working with Actors 1
Learning to See: The Games of Visual Perception
Helping Actors Communicate through Groundplans
Composition: Helping Actors Discover and Project Basic Relationships
Helping Each Actor Intensify: Gesture and Improvisation with Properties
Picturization: Helping a Group Intensify
The Dynamic Tool of Movement
Coordinating the Blocking Tools in Director-Actor Communication
Helping Actors ldquo;Speakrdquo; a Play
Directing is Working with Actors 2
Major Project 1A: Scene Practice
Major Project 1B: Diagnostic Criticism
Communication Through Staging Options
The Directorrsquo;s Responsibility for Working Effectively with Design
The Director and the Stage Machine: Symbolization and Synthesis
Director's Options: Choice of the Stage
Director's Options: Scenery, Properties, and Lighting
Director's Options: Costume, Makeup, and Sound
Helping Audiences Receive A Play
Responsibility to Audiences
Major Project 2: Designing and Directing Your Own One-Act Play Production
Interpretation: A Matter Of Style
Style Is Individual Expression
Style in Playwriting and Playwrights
The Director's Analysis of Style in a Playscript
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