Interpreting the Play Script

This is the first text to combine traditional and non-traditional models, giving students a range of tools with which to approach different kinds of performance.

Author: Anne Fliotsos

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780230344259

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

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One type of analysis cannot fit every play, nor does one method of interpretation suit every theatre artist or collaborative team. This is the first text to combine traditional and non-traditional models, giving students a range of tools with which to approach different kinds of performance.

Interpreting the Play Script

Theatre practitioners interpreting a script need to understand and develop both “minds” in order to give themselves fully to the act of interpretation. With these concepts in mind, Interpreting the Play Script reveals that one type of ...

Author: Anne Fliotsos

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780230345508

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

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One type of analysis cannot fit every play, nor does one method of interpretation suit every theatre artist or collaborative team. This is the first text to combine traditional and non-traditional models, giving students a range of tools with which to approach different kinds of performance.

A Play Analysis

A Casebook on Modern Western Drama R. J. Cardullo. (1909–1952). ... Encyclopedia of world drama: An international reference work in five volumes (2nd ed., Vols. 5). ... Interpreting the play script: Contemplation and analysis.

Author: R. J. Cardullo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789463002806

Category: Education

Page: 206

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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."

Interpreting Chekhov

One notable exception is Roger Gross, whose book Understanding Playscripts: Theory and Method is both clear and subtle in its explication of the complexities involved in theatrical interpretation. Several of Gross's insights underpin my ...

Author: Geoffrey Borny

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 9781920942687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 309

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The author's contention is that Chekhov's plays have often been misinterpreted by scholars and directors, particularly through their failure to adequately balance the comic and tragic elements inherent in these works. Through a close examination of the form and content of Chekhov's dramas, the author shows how deeply pessimistic or overly optimistic interpretations fail to sufficiently account for the rich complexity and ambiguity of these plays. The author suggests that, by accepting that Chekhov's plays are synthetic tragi-comedies which juxtapose potentially tragic sub-texts with essentially comic texts, critics and directors are more likely to produce richer and more deeply satisfying interpretations of these works. Besides being of general interest to any reader interested in understanding Chekhov's work, the book is intended to be of particular interest to students of Drama and Theatre Studies and to potential directors of these subtle plays.

Theatrical Theology

78 The ways we are addressed by and concomitantly respond to the play of Wisdom include but also exceed our verbal capabilities Although the practices of re-reading ... Script Interpretation” and Fliotsos, Interpreting the Playscript.

Author: Wesley Vander Lugt

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781556350726

Category: Religion

Page: 298

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Theology is inherently theatrical, rooted in God's performance on the world stage and oriented toward faith seeking performative understanding in the theatre of everyday life. Following Hans Urs von Balthasar's magisterial, five-volume Theo-Drama, a growing number of theologians and pastors have been engaging more widely with theatre and drama, producing what has been recognized as a "theatrical turn" in theology. This volume includes thirteen essays from theologians and pastors who have contributed in distinct ways to this theatrical turn and who desire to deepen interdisciplinary dialogue between theology and theatre. The result is an unprecedented collection of essays that embodies and advances theatrical theology for the purpose of enriching theological reflection and edifying the church. Contributors include: Kevin J. Vanhoozer Ivan Khovacs Timothy Gorringe Shannon Craigo-Snell George Pattison Jim Fodor Todd E. Johnson David Cunningham Marilyn McCord Adams Richard Carter Samuel Wells Peter Goodwin Heltzel David Brown

On the Subject of Drama

script aloud, a play's potential meanings will become clearer than would ever be possible through silent reading. ... Interpreting plays for performance The way in which actors, directors and designers interpret play scripts will depend ...

Author: David Hornbrook

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134702350

Category: Education

Page: 216

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Although much has been written on how the drama elements of the English curriculum might be taught in schools, there is less guidance available for teachers who regard drama not as an adjunct of English but as an arts subject in its own right. In this volume, David Hornbrook and a team of experienced drama specialists show how the subject of drama may be defined and taught. Drawing on literature, visual art, music and dance as well as the rich and varied traditions of drama itself, they map out an eclectic subject curriculum for students of all ages. Opening up the field in new and exciting ways, the book embraces the widest possible range of dramatic knowledge and skills, from the Natyashastra of ancient India to contemporary classroom improvisation. The book is divided into three sections: The teaching and learning of drama: ideas about interculturalism, creativity and craft - key concepts informing the drama curriculum - are interrogated and re-theorised for the classroom. Making and performing drama in school: the fundamental processes of reading and writing plays for performance are explored, along with the potential of dance to enhance and extend students' experience of dramatic performance. Watching and understanding drama: ensuring the curriculum is appropriately balanced between the production and reception of drama, this last section emphasises the role of students as audience - for both live and electronic performances - and the development of a dramatic vocabulary.

On Interpretation in the Arts

The latter presupposes that a play - script is a full text , to the same degree as a literary text . Indeed , in the context of theories of literature various approaches have been developed , whose main aim is to reveal and explain the ...

Author: Nurit Yaari


ISBN: STANFORD:36105029509119

Category: Art

Page: 360

View: 167



This is done without script and is event and character centered rather than script centered . d . Dramatic reading and oral interpretation of plays , poems , and other forms of writing . e . Interactional drama in which actors in ...

Author: Thomas N. Turner

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 0673385558

Category: Education

Page: 185

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Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!

Experiencing Theatre

It can be used for play analysis or design. Process: Compose a 150-word description of the dramatic action of the play. ... Interpreting the Playscript: Contemplation and Analysis (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Print. Fig.

Author: Anne Fletcher

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781585107544

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

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"Experiencing Theatre completely engages the beginning theatre student in the art of theatre. Students become playwrights, dramaturges, actors, directors, designers, adapters and collaborators though dynamic readings and excercises. This text gives them a great awareness of the work of being a theatre artist. Teachers have long strived towards creating these opportunities for their Intro students--finally a text that will make it happen." --Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre, Robert Morris University

Flashlight On Drama and Film

Part One looks at the development of the play script from the research stage. Part Two describes the stages involved in interpreting a play, including the skills, techniques and terminology of acting, from a simple definition of drama.

Author: Inyang, Ekpe

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG

ISBN: 9789956792818

Category: Drama

Page: 36

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Flashlight on Drama and Film succinctly describes how to use drama to afford target audiences opportunities to analyse environmental situations, presented through drama, with a view to enabling them to make informed decisions and take responsible actions in similar situations in the real world. This constitutes the guiding principle of Drama for Situation Analysis (DRASA), with Flashlight on Drama and Film as its training the drama effort. The guide is divided into three parts. Part One looks at the development of the play script from the research stage. Part Two describes the stages involved in interpreting a play, including the skills, techniques and terminology of acting, from a simple definition of drama. Part Three gives a rundown of the stages in rehearsing and presenting a play, either as stage drama or film production.

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000

What happens is not as important as how it happens: In [the] interpretation of a play and in realizing the performance text, I also often add new text and create new characters, ... Sopanam, rehearses without a script.

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408177211

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 � 2000 is a ground-breaking survey, tracking the advent of modern drama in Japan, India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. It considers the shaping power of realism and naturalism, the influence of Western culture, the relationship between theatrical modernisation and social modernisation, and how theatre operates in contemporary Asian society. Organised by period, nation and region, each chapter provides: ·a historical overview of the culture; ·an outline of theatre history; ·a survey of significant playwrights, actors, directors, companies, plays and productions. With contributions from an international team of scholars, this authoritative introduction will uniquely equip students and scholars with a broad understanding of the modern theatre histories of Asia.


This is not really an argument about respect for the play but respect for the work of interpreting the play. That work, as Craig sees it, involves supplementing the dramatist's script (and ignoring bits of it) with the designs and ...

Author: Simon Shepherd

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137292551

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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Is directing an art? Do directors need to be trained? What do directors actually do? These questions and more are answered in this accessibly written survey of the art of theatre direction. Its broad scope ranges across the theatres of both America and Europe, looking at practices from Stanislavski up to the present day.

Stage Directing

The process of interpreting or analyzing a script might not be the most exciting aspect of directing. ... elements existing in every well-written play would furnish all the information necessary to interpret the play: plot, character, ...

Author: Michael Wainstein

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781585109234

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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In Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary, the student of theatrical directing will find a step-by-step guide to directing a production, from choosing a play to opening night. Unlike other directing textbooks, it provides practical advice on organizing tasks throughout the directorial process, including budgeting, writing casting notices, and auditioning. It moreover includes an abundance of helpful examples and tried-and-true exercises, as well as information on how to organize a director’s documents into a production notebook. The second edition builds on the strengths of the first edition by elaborating on key analytical, organizational, and strategic steps in a successful director’s itinerary, with special attention to the direction of musicals.

Interpreting the Old Testament after Christendom

Drama A number of scholars have used the language of “drama,” as a way of understanding the long story of the Bible ... then the First Testament may be understood as the script of the play that unfolds in the Second Testament. ose of us ...

Author: Jeremy Thomson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498245043

Category: Religion

Page: 318

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How would you describe the Old Testament? Offensive, violent, patriarchal, archaic; difficult, boring, obsolete? Many Christians don't bother with it anymore. Yet these ancient books were in Jesus' lifeblood, and they provided the thought-world of those early followers who wrote about him in what became the New Testament. This book challenges those stereotypes of Israel's Scriptures by exploring their significance in the apostolic writings and by demonstrating the importance of whole books for nuanced interpretation. It takes readers on a tour through four key books before considering the wider issues of interpretation that readers must consider in order to hear God's Spirit speaking afresh to a range of contemporary concerns, including racism and the environment.

Step by Step Book 3 Teacher s Guide

12 Instructions Interpreting Images o * Listening and of speaking DISCUSG|OT (IBOLIt silosolls and learning a lesson ... 15 15 17 Fantasy stories Interpreting a Visual Image Play scripts Performance poems The school fulf Interpreting a ...

Author: Gill Matthews

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781510410817

Category: Education

Page: 120

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All you need to encourage a love and enthusiasm for reading and writing from a young age. Benefit from the experience of key educators across the Caribbean regions who have carefully designed this resource to give your students exactly the right introduction to the Language Arts curriculum. -Ensure a steady transition from Creole to Standard English with an introductory section on language acquisition in the Teacher Guides called Language Strategy. -Cover technicality of grammar, vocabulary and syntax using picture cues and writing as well as reading and reading comprehension. -Offer exposure to many different forms of text with a variety of different text types and genres. -Connect reading and writing with templates, to make sure that students don't fall behind and progress evenly with both. This book accompanies the Step by Step Student's Book 3, 9781510414174.

Script Analysis for Theatre

For this reason, it remains the responsibility of each theatre artist to examine the action of any play closely and ... plays, examining the script for explicit indications of character that will serve as the basis for interpreting each ...

Author: Robert Knopf

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408185308

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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Script Analysis for Theatre: Tools for Interpretation, Collaboration and Production provides theatre students and emerging theatre artists with the tools, skills and a shared language to analyze play scripts, communicate about them, and collaborate with others on stage productions. Based largely on concepts derived from Stanislavski's system of acting and method acting, the book focuses on action - what characters do to each other in specific circumstances, times, and places - as the engine of every play. From this foundation, readers will learn to distinguish the big picture of a script, dissect and 'score' smaller units and moment-to-moment action, and create individualized blueprints from which to collaborate on shaping the action in production from their perspectives as actors, directors, and designers. Script Analysis for Theatre offers a practical approach to script analysis for theatre production and is grounded in case studies of a range of the most studied plays, including Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, and Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, among others. Readers will develop the real-life skills professional theatre artists use to design, rehearse, and produce plays.

Artistic Literacy

This methodof inquiryand unique vocabulary reveal how some theatrepractitioners mine a script inaneffort tosee, ... more aboutthe play script's complex psychology.9 The theoretical andexperiential process of interpreting a playis ...

Author: N. Kindelan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137008510

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

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Exploring the ways undergraduate theatre programs can play a significant role in accomplishing the aims and learning outcomes of a contemporary liberal education, Kindelan argues that theatre's signature pedagogy helps all undergraduates become actively engaged in developing critical and value-focused skills.

Four Views on Moving beyond the Bible to Theology

32 The essential insight is that there are some texts — musical scores, play scripts — whose interpretation, and perhaps meaning, depend on doing something with them. To perform a script is to give a text the kiss of life; ...


Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310302490

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 301


The Bible has long served as the standard for Christian practice, yet believers still disagree on how biblical passages should be interpreted and applied. Only when readers fully understand the constructs that inform their process of moving from Scripture to theology—and those of others—can Christians fully evaluate teachings that claim to be “biblical.” Here, scholars who affirm an inspired Bible, relevant and authoritative for every era, present models they consider most faithful to Scripture: - Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.: A Principlizing Model - Daniel M. Doriani: A Redemptive-Historical Model - Kevin J. Vanhoozer: A Drama-of-Redemption Model - William J. Webb: A Redemptive-Movement Model Each position also receives critiques from the proponents of the other views. Moreover, due to the far-reaching implications this topic holds for biblical studies, theology, and church teaching, this book includes three additional reflections by Christopher J. H. Wright, Mark L. Strauss, and Al Wolters on the theological and practical interpretation of biblical texts. Four Views on Moving beyond the Bible to Theology empowers readers to identify, evaluate, and refine their own approach to moving from the Bible to theology.

Theoretical Issues in Reading Comprehension

Before leaving the analogy between the script of a play and a schema, it is useful to note that neither is a complete specification of every detail—both allow room for irrelevant variation and creative interpretation.

Author: Rand J. Spiro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351607230

Category: Psychology

Page: 600

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Research in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and artificial intelligence – the three disciplines that have the most direct application to an understanding of the mental processes in reading – is presented in this multilevel work, originally published in 1980, that attempts to provide a systematic and scientific basis for understanding and building a comprehensive theory of reading comprehension. The major focus is on understanding the processes involved in the comprehension of written text. Underlying most of the contributions is the assumption that skilled reading comprehension requires a coordination of text with context in a way that goes far beyond simply chaining together the meanings of a string of decoded words. The topics discussed are divided into five general areas: Global Issues; Text Structure; Language, Knowledge of the World, and Inference; Effects of Prior Language Experience; and Comprehension Strategies and Facilitators, and represent a broad base of methodology and data that should be of interest not only to those concerned with the reading process, but also to basic science researchers in psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, and related disciplines.

Brian Friel s Post Colonial Drama

... dealing with actors and enforcing the authority of the author's script . When Sir reads the analysis of Tom's character from the ledger , he could be a director reading stage directions or interpreting a character for an actor .

Author: F. C. McGrath

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815628137

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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Brian Friel is Ireland's most important living playwright, and this book places him in the new canon of postcolonial writers. Drawing on the theory and techniques of the major postcolonial critics, F. C. McGrath offers fresh interpretations of Friel's texts and of his place in the tradition of linguistic idealism in Irish literature. This idealism has dominated Ireland's still incomplete emergence from its colonial past. It appeals to Irish writers like Friel who, following in a line from Yeats, Synge, and O'Casey, challenge British culture with antirealistic, antimirnetic devices to create alternative worlds, histories, and new identities to escape stereotypes imposed by the colonizers. Friel grew up in Northern Ireland's Catholic minority and now lives in the Irish Republic. McGrath maintains that all Friel's work is marked by colonial and postcolonial structures. Like his predecessor Wilde, Friel mixes lies, facts, memories, and individual perception to create new myths and elevates blarney to a realm of aesthetic and philosophical distinction. An important, accessible, scholarly introduction, this book illustrates how Friel playfully subverts the English language and transcends British influence. Friel's reality is constructed from personal fiction, and it is his liberating response to oppression.