A Student Guide to Play Analysis

With the skills of a playwright, the vision of a producer, and the wisdom of an experienced teacher, David Rush offers a fresh and innovative guide to interpreting drama in A Student Guide to Play Analysis, the first undergraduate teaching ...

Author: David Rush

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809326094

Category: Education

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With the skills of a playwright, the vision of a producer, and the wisdom of an experienced teacher, David Rush offers a fresh and innovative guide to interpreting drama in A Student Guide to Play Analysis, the first undergraduate teaching tool to address postmodern drama in addition to classic and modern. Covering a wide gamut of texts and genres, this far-reaching and user-friendly volume is easily paired with most anthologies of plays and is accessible even to those without a literary background. Contending that there are no right or wrong answers in play analysis, Rush emphasizes the importance of students developing insights of their own. The process is twofold: understand the critical terms that are used to define various parts and then apply these to a particular play. Rush clarifies the concepts of plot, character, and language, advancing Aristotle's concept of the Four Causes as a method for approaching a play through various critical windows. He describes the essential difference between a story and a play, outlines four ways of looking at plays, and then takes up the typical structural devices of a well-made play, four primary genres and their hybrids, and numerous styles, from expressionism to postmodernism. For each subject, he defines critical norms and analyzes plays common to the canon. A Student Guide to Play Analysis draws on thoughtful examinations of such dramas as The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Fences, The Little Foxes, A Doll House, The Glass Menagerie, and The Emperor Jones. Each chapter ends with a list of questions that will guide students in further study.

An H E B Student s Guide

Its purpose is to offer the student guidelines on some of the important areas in the play which may need a deeper study and analysis . The student is therefore advised to consider the play , and not the guide , as his major work of ...

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A Play Analysis

Conceptual thinking: A new method of play analysis. New York, NY: World Audience. Rush, D. (2005). A student guide to play analysis. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. Sanger, K. (2000). The language of drama.

Author: R. J. Cardullo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789463002806

Category: Education

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"Play Analysis: A Casebook on Modern Western Drama is a combined play-analysis textbook and course companion that contains twelve essays on major dramas from the modern European and American theaters: among them, Ghosts, The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor’s Dilemma, A Man’s a Man, The Homecoming, The Hairy Ape, The Front Page, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie, and Death of a Salesman. Supplementing these essays are a Step-by-Step Approach to Play Analysis, a Glossary of Dramatic Terms, Study Guides, Topics for Writing and Discussion, and bibliographies. Written with college students in mind (and possibly also advanced high school students), these critical essays cover some of the central plays treated in courses on modern Euro-American drama and will provide students with practical models to help them improve their own writing and analytical skills. The author is a “close reader” committed to a detailed yet objective examination of the structure, style, imagery, and language of a play. Moreover, he is concerned chiefly with dramatic analysis that can be of benefit not only to playreaders and theatergoers, but also to directors, designers, and even actors—that is, with analysis of character, action, dialogue, and setting that can be translated into concepts for theatrical production, or that can at least provide the kind of understanding of a play with which a theater practitioner could fruitfully quarrel."

Building Your Play

David Rush takes beginning playwrights through the first draft of a play and deep into the revision process.

Author: David Rush

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809385829

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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David Rush takes beginning playwrights through the first draft of a play and deep into the revision process. Drawing on examples from such classics as Othello and The Glass Menagerie, Rush provides detailed models for writers to evaluate their work for weaknesses and focus on the in-depth development of their plays. Rush encourages writers to make sure their plays are clear and focused. He shows how to keep plays dramatically compelling and offers ways to avoid common mistakes that make them dull, confusing, or ineffective. He then distills the essence of traditional revision into key questions and discusses frequently overlooked tools, terms, and strategies that go beyond established methods of evaluation.

Theatre History Studies 2007

As its title implies, David Rush's A Student Guide to Play Analysis is intended as a textbook for undergraduate courses in script analysis or modern drama. Such courses are common to most theatre programs, often serving as a ...

Author: Theatre History Studies

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817354404

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 178

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Theatre History Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of theatre history and scholarship published annually since 1981 by the Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC), a regional body devoted to theatre scholarship and practice. The conference encompasses the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The purpose of the conference is to unite persons and organizations within the region with an interest in theatre and to promote the growth and development of all forms of theatre.

A Student s Guide to Arthur Miller

Provides an in-depth analysis of several of Miller's plays, including "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," and "Incident at Vichy," and includes background information on the playwright.

Author: Amy Dunkleberger

Publisher: Enslow Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 0766024326

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Provides an in-depth analysis of several of Miller's plays, including "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," and "Incident at Vichy," and includes background information on the playwright.

A Student s Guide to Dimensional Analysis

In this way we find that the wave speed where f(x) is undetermined by our analysis. The size of the dimensionless argument ... When A V/gp/a o 1, both gravity and surface tension play a role. The distance Va/gp that separates these two ...

Author: Don S. Lemons

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107161153

Category: Science

Page: 121

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This introduction to dimensional analysis covers the methods, history and formalisation of the field, and provides physics and engineering applications. Covering topics from mechanics, hydro- and electrodynamics to thermal and quantum physics, it illustrates the possibilities and limitations of dimensional analysis. Introducing basic physics and fluid engineering topics through the mathematical methods of dimensional analysis, this book is perfect for students in physics, engineering and mathematics. Explaining potentially unfamiliar concepts such as viscosity and diffusivity, the text includes worked examples and end-of-chapter problems with answers provided in an accompanying appendix, which help make it ideal for self-study. Long-standing methodological problems arising in popular presentations of dimensional analysis are also identified and solved, making the book a useful text for advanced students and professionals.

Script Analysis for Actors Directors and Designers

Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Rush, David. A Student Guide to Play Analysis. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005.

Author: James Thomas

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136021442

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 406

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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to gauge how the play should be performed and designed. Treatments of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples, end-of-chapter questions, and stimulating summaries that will allow actors, directors and designers to immediately incorporate the concepts and processes into their theatre production work. Now thoroughly revised, the fifth edition contains a new section on postmodernism and postdramatic methods of script analysis, along with additional material for designers.

The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy

The best-known modern play-analysis guides, such as David Ball's Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays (1983) and David Rush's A Student Guide to Play Analysis (2005), however, concern themselves with classic, ...

Author: Magda Romanska

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135122898

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 534

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Dramaturgy, in its many forms, is a fundamental and indispensable element of contemporary theatre. In its earliest definition, the word itself means a comprehensive theory of "play making." Although it initially grew out of theatre, contemporary dramaturgy has made enormous advances in recent years, and it now permeates all kinds of narrative forms and structures: from opera to performance art; from dance and multimedia to filmmaking and robotics. In our global, mediated context of multinational group collaborations that dissolve traditional divisions of roles as well as unbend previously intransigent rules of time and space, the dramaturg is also the ultimate globalist: intercultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, interdisciplinary negotiator, social media strategist. This collection focuses on contemporary dramaturgical practice, bringing together contributions not only from academics but also from prominent working dramaturgs. The inclusion of both means a strong level of engagement with current issues in dramaturgy, from the impact of social media to the ongoing centrality of interdisciplinary and intermedial processes. The contributions survey the field through eight main lenses: world dramaturgy and global perspective dramaturgy as function, verb and skill dramaturgical leadership and season planning production dramaturgy in translation adaptation and new play development interdisciplinary dramaturgy play analysis in postdramatic and new media dramaturgy social media and audience outreach. Magda Romanska is Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, and Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera. Her books include The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012), and Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2014).

Script Analysis for Actors Directors and Designers

A Student Guide to Play Analysis. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. Sharp, William L. Language in Drama: Meanings for the Director and the Actor. Scranton, PA: Chandler Publishing Co., 1970.

Author: James Michael Thomas

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240810492

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 345

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Script Analysis specifically for Actors, Directors, and Designers; the only book on this subject that covers the growing area of unconventional plays.

Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility

Lee Devin, "Conceiving the Forms: Play Analysis for Production Dramaturgy," in Jonas, Dramaturgy in American Theater, 209. 1 1 . ... 1991); David Rush's A Student Guide to Play Analysis (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, ...

Author: Geoffrey S. Proehl

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 0838641121

Category: Literary Criticism

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This study - aimed at students, teachers, and theater artists - argues the centrality of this question to dramaturges, dramaturgy, and a dramaturgical sensibility. It suggests - from two perspectives, Landscape and Journey - that the attempt to know the dramaturgy of a play is little different from the attempt to know another person for whom we care. Part I explores the landscapes of conversation, pleasure, and pattern as places in which a dramaturgical sensibility encounters knowledge, loss, subjectivity, time and inquiry - elements central to its composition. Part II follows the journey of rehearsals for Antony and Cleopatra at the Guthrie Theater in the fall of 2001 and winter of 2002, focusing on ways in which theater artists engage, explore, and respond to a play's dramaturgy from the first steps to the final previews. Geoffrey S. Proehl teaches, dramaturges, and directs at the University of Puget Sound.

An Inspector Calls GCSE Student Guide

Description Analysis Near the start of the play, Birling describes the world in 1940 as one of 'peace and prosperity'. It is a vision that reveals his complacency and is vital for the development of the play and, in particular, ...

Author: Philip Roberts

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474233651

Category: Drama

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Written specifically for GCSE students by academics in the field, the Methuen Drama GCSE Student Guides conveniently gather indispensable resources and tips for successful understanding and writing all in one place, preparing students to approach their exams with confidence. Key features include a critical commentary of the play with extensive, clearly labelled analyses on themes, characters and context. They take studying drama even further with sections on dramatic technique, critical reception, related works, fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with playwrights, directors or actors, and a helpful glossary of dramatic terms. An English theatre classic, J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls is as much about today as it is about the 20th century. On a night in 1912, Inspector Goole's unexpected arrival at the Birling family's home turns a dinner party into a murder investigation with some shattering conclusions. Closely following the requirements of GCSE English Literature assessment objectives, these studies include expert advice on how to write about modern drama. With featured activities for group study and independent work, they are versatile and valuable to students and teachers alike.

Cambridge Student Guide to Othello

What is Othello about? This Cambridge Student Guide will help students to evaluate the historical, social and cultural contexts for a broader understanding of Shakespeare's play.

Author: Pamela Mason

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521008115

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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The Cambridge Student Guide to Othello provides explanatory notes and guidance to help form the basis for the understanding of the play. It is part of a new series aimed at students from 16 years upwards in schools and colleges throughout the English-speaking world. Background information provides support and prompts inquiry for advanced level study by drawing out issues and themes related to the text. The content of each book in the series follows the pattern of an introduction; detailed running commentary on the text; insight into historical, social and cultural contexts; analysis of the language; an overview of critical approaches and different interpretations; essay-writing tips and lists of recommended resources.

A Taste of Honey GCSE Student Guide

At the same time, it is vital that any creative ideas are grounded in an academic approach, and do not contradict anything stated in the play text. The following analysis argues that the close of the play does not necessarily have to ...

Author: Kate Whittaker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474229722

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Written specifically for GCSE students by academics and specialists in the field, the Methuen Drama GCSE Student Guides conveniently gather indispensable resources and tips for successful understanding and writing all in one place, preparing students to approach their exams with confidence. Key features include a critical commentary of the play with extensive, clearly labelled analyses on themes, characters and context. They take studying drama even further with sections on dramatic technique, critical reception, related works, fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with playwrights, directors or actors, and a helpful glossary of dramatic terms. Shelagh Delaney's modern classic A Taste of Honey is a comic and poignant exploration of class, feminism, race, sexual orientation and optimism in post-war Britain. Fifty years after its hit premiere, working-class Lancashire lass Jo's story continues to engage new generations of audiences. Closely following the requirements of GCSE English Literature assessment objectives, these studies include expert advice on how to write about modern drama. With featured activities for group study and independent work, they are versatile and valuable to students and teachers alike.

Prairie Lights

Her other plays include Steamship Quanza ( with co - author Stephen J. Morewitz ) , produced in Chicago and upstate New York ; Arrangement for Two Violas ... His textbook , A Student Guide to Play Analysis , is published by SIU Press .

Author: Rosalie Gerut

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 1583422463

Category: Musicals

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Macbeth Student Guide

Jan Kott , Shakespeare Our Contemporary , Methuen , 1965 An influential political reading of Shakespeare's plays which ... 1978 Extremely thorough scene - by - scene account of the play with illustration and analysis from performances .

Author: Stephen Siddall

Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen

ISBN: 3125762391

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Ghost Light

On Dramaturgy (Including Script Analysis, Adaptation, and Translation) Ball, David. Backwards and Forwards: A Technical ManualforReadingPlays. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983. ... A Student Guide to Play Analysis.

Author: Michael Mark Chemers

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809385713

Category: Performing Arts

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Ghost Light: An Introductory Handbook for Dramaturgy offers useful and entertaining answers to the confounding questions: “What, exactly, is dramaturgy, and what does a dramaturg do?” According to Michael Mark Chemers, dramaturgs are the scientists of the theater world—their primary responsibility is to query the creative possibilities in every step of the production process, from play selection to costume design, and then research the various options and find ways to transform that knowledge into useful ideas. To say that dramaturgs are well-rounded is an understatement: those who choose this profession must possess an acute aesthetic sensibility in combination with an extensive knowledge of theater history and practice, world history, and critical theory, and they must be able to collaborate with every member of the creative team and theater administration. Ghost Light is divided into three sections. Part 1, “Philosophy,” describes what dramturgs do, presents a detailed history of dramaturgy, and summarizes many of the critical theories needed to analyze and understand dramatic texts. “Analysis” teaches the two essential skills of a dramaturg: reading and writing. It includes a “12-step program for script analysis” along with suggestions about how to approach various genres and play structures. “Practice,” the third part, delves into the relationships that dramaturgs forge and offers useful advice about collaborating with other artists. It also includes ideas for audience outreach initiatives such as marketing and publicity plans, educational programs, talkbacks, blogs, and program notes and lobby displays, all of which are often the responsibility of the dramaturg. Ghost Light was written with undergraduate students in mind and is perfectly suited for the classroom (each chapter concludes with a series of practical exercises that can be used as course assignments). However, dramaturgy is a skill that is essential to all theater practitioners, not just professional or aspiring dramaturgs, making Ghost Light a valuable addition to all theater libraries.

The Drama of Humanitarian Intervention

... Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit 2013) < https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/ products/studien/2013_S03_rdf.pdf > accessed 30 June 2019 Rush D, A Student Guide to Play Analysis (SIU Press 2005) Savage C, ...

Author: Natalie Joy Marrer

Publisher: Graduate Institute Publications

ISBN: 9782940600199

Category: Law

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This ePaper approaches looks at the contentious debate surrounding humanitarian intervention through a critical, narratological lens. By questioning the roles cast and identities constituted, in what can could be compared to a theatrical drama, the focus is on given to the unreliable narration by of the most powerful characters on the international stage –, from the US to the UN –, and its impact on the political and legal stances taken in various contexts. On a meta-level, it examines the conditions which that enable this unreliable narration, by pointing to the out a problematic flexibility owing to the flowing from paradoxes and conflation nestled entrenched in human rights rhetoric; and what some deem call a budding ‘humanity’s law’. Attention is meant to be drawn to the power of mental imagery conjured up by intervention narratives, based on the story of saving innocents, as embodiments of humanity. The goal is to foster self-reflection among of the readers of working in humanitarian intervention, within the epistemic community of international lawyers, and beyond. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Vahabzadeh Foundation for financially supporting the publication of best works by young researchers of the Graduate Institute, giving a priority to those who have been awarded academic prizes for their master’s dissertations.