helps us understand the who/ where/ what/ when and why.
1. do research beforehand
2. information at the theater- lobby, director notes
assists the text,
3. point of view
2. director of 1st professional production
core meaning of what a play has to say
1. given circumstances- facts that the text gives
2. dramatic action-
3. characters - individual notions of each
mime 1. see wall, 2. touch it, 3. fixed point, move body towards and away from it
lyrics- words to tune
script- like a play, tells characters where they are going
sound and look
point of view
libretto book- dialogue between the songs
nutcracker and I
1. ensemble technique: group effort, "chorus line" most successful technique.
2. solitary method- doing it on your own
Step 1- inspiration/ metaphor, ex: playwright from Rutgers, inspired by cashier who was raped- play called "Extremities"
Step 2- characters begin to emerge ex: victim, perpetrator, people in victims life
Step 3- Plot- sequence of dramatic actions (where beg, mid, and end show themselves)
**Step 4- wirte the dialogue
Step 5- completion of the first draft
Phase 2- reaching out for feedback, continuing re-writes and 1st staged reading (first time playwright hears his/ her play) dont have to listen to all the feedback.
Phase 3- fully realized production, theater willing to play your play
first- she has been defeated
second- she has won! last image we see. there was an after image of her because she was wearing white and lights off.
2 russian artisits looked at melodrama and knew there was more... they created theater that would represent "life" happening on stage. 2 artists: constantine stanfloski and vladamir danchanko.
they created Moscow art theater, which still exists today
1. your experiences are finite, maybe never experienced some things
2. because it really happened to you. hard to repeat this for each production.
Meisner emotional prep- use imagination, infinite
emotion memory- use real life
1. development of realism
2. take on detailed research of world of characters and play
1. capitalization- money that gets you to first production
2. weekly nut cost of running show/ week
show hovers around weekly nut and does not ever cover capitalization. when dips below weekly nut they shut down production.