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PART A – RESEARCH & PLANNING Step 1 – The Play & The Playwright SELECT THE SCRIP
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PART A – RESEARCH & PLANNING Step 1 – The Play & The Playwright SELECT THE SCRIP
PART A – RESEARCH & PLANNING Step 1 - The Play & The Playwright SELECT THE SCRIPT Select one of the two plays below for your project: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare The Tempest by William Shakespeare Both plays A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and The Tempest by William Shakespeare are in public domain. That means that you will be able to find many free versions of the play script online. A great resource is Project Gutenburg, www.projectgutenburg.org (Links to an external site.) It is the oldest online digital resource library for public domain plays and books. But again, these two play may be found from many difference online sources. (Links to an external site.) READ & RESEARCH THE PLAY You should read the play more than once. You should read the play enough times so that you are easily able to tell a friend the plot or story of the play. Read Chapter 6 - The Playwright’s Story pages 87-106 in our textbook, Another Opening, Another Show. You may also use other resources to help you understand the play. There are online study guides for both plays. You may even wish to find a film version of the plays to watch to help your overall understanding of the play and for inspiration. Step 2 – The Director of a Stage Production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare After having read the play and Chapter 6 – The Playwright’s Story as instructed in Step 1 you will now pretend, for this assignment, that you have been assigned to direct a live stage production of the play for a professional theatre company in 2022. The production is purely an imaginary proposal so of course you have an unlimited “imaginary” production budget. Read/Review Chapter 8 – The Director’s Impact pages 129 - 143 in our textbook, Another Opening, Another Show. In this chapter, you will learn about the duties of a director as follows: Selecting the Script – You should have have selected your play in step 1. If you have not go back to step one and following instructions. Research the World of the Play (Chapter 8, page 133) Analyze the Script (Chapter 8, page 134) - Determine the genre, style and structure of the play. Identify the themes and the “take-away” or meaning. Analyze the characters in the play. Inspiring the Coworkers (Chapter 8, page 134 - 135)– Theatre is a collaborative art however, you selected to take this course online and this is an “imaginary” production so that means that you are working alone on this imaginary production. You must inspire yourself and your professor. Working with Key Collaborators (Chapter 8, page 135 - 136) Conceptualizing the Production (Chapter 8, page 136) - Your ideas must be in keeping with the story of play as written by the playwright. You are not re-writing or adapting the actual story/words of the play to suit your ideas. Your ideas and designs must work to serve the written word of the play. You may not change the characters names or gender or alter the plot of the play as written. The gender of the actor playing the role does not matter as long as the gender of the character remains as written. Realizing the Concept in Designs (Chapter 8, page 136)– You, the Director, will collaborate with yourself in the role of the the Scenic Designer and with yourself in the role of the Costume Designer for this production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. This happens in Step 3 of the project. Casting the Roles (Chapter 8, page 136 -138)– You will select a well-known professional or famous actors for each of the roles in The Tempest by William Shakespeare. You will need to "hire" actors to play the roles that fit the image (both physically and emotionally) of each character in the play. You will be required to justify your choices. You may not select actors who played the same role in film versions of the play. Rehearsing the Production (Chapter 8, page 138) – Again this is and “imaginary” production so you will not actually rehearse this play. Select the one of the five kinds of stages for your production. Read/Review Chapter 13 The Curtain Rises pages 210 – 237. You will be required to justify your choice. Step 3 – The Scenic & Costume Designer for The Tempest by William Shakespeare In addition to your role as the Director of this imaginary production you are also assuming the additional jobs of Scenic Designer and Costume Designer for this production. In Educational Theatre, Director's often serve as their own designers. In Professional Theatre however, the Director, Scenic Designer, and Costume Designer are considered individual jobs. Read/Review Chapter 9 – The Designer’s Vision pages 144 - 160 in our textbook, Another Opening, Another Show. In this chapter, you will learn all about what designers do on a production. You may elect to draw designs by hand, by computer, or by collecting and using found images/photos that reflect your ideas as the designer. You may not use renderings or drawing from another designers actual production designs for play (film or stage productions). These are easily be found on the internet because many designers have websites that show their previous work. However, it is not appropriate to use another designer’s work for this project. Read/Review Chapter 10– Putting It Together pages 161 - 183 in our textbook, Another Opening, Another Show. In this chapter, Director, Tom Markus discusses at length his production of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. It is a great example of how the director of a play drive the concept and collaborates with the designers. PART B – PUTTING YOUR PROJECT TOGETHER THE ESSAY -Write an Essay (worth up to 100 Points) Now that you have a production plan, you will write a formal paper discussing your choices for the play. STRUCTURE When your first began writing papers in an English class you were most likely introduced to the basic three part essay made up of the following: Introduction Body Conclusion The INTRODUCTION is where you tell the reader what you are going to talk about in the body of your paper. Then in the BODY, you will tell the reader in great detail what you planned to say in the paper. In the CONCLUSION, you will briefly restate what you said in the body of the paper. CONTENT Introduction Content Content that must be included in the Introduction of your paper (in no particular order): Title of the play you will be directing. (Titles of plays should be in italics and followed by the name/s of the playwright/s) Name of the playwright/s Location of the performance (name & address, you can use an existing real theatre anywhere in the world or make up a fictional one.) Name of Theatre of company producing the play (You get to make this up too!) Name of the Director of the play (you) and a little bit about the director. Thesis Statement (This is a sentence that tells the reader clearly and specifically what you are going to write about in the body of your paper) Body Content Content that must be included in the Body of your paper: Director's Concept - Discuss your overall vision of the entire production. Kind of Theatre - Discuss and justify the reasoning behind your selection of theatre (the kind of theatre) for your production and why it works best for your production. (Read/Review Chapter 13 The Curtain Rises pages 210 – 237, specifically page 214 - Preview The Five Kinds of Theatre). Casting - Discuss and justify how you cast the play. Include the name of the actor, name of the character they are to play. Explain in detail why they have the look and skills to play the role in your production. Do this for each named character role in the play. Scenic Design - Discuss and justify your scenic design for the play. Be sure to provide specific details, and descriptive words. Include color, texture and emotional qualities in your description. Costume Design -Discuss and justify your costume designs for the play. Be sure to provide specific details, and descriptive words. Include color, texture and emotional qualities in your description. Conclusion Content Content that must be included in the Conclusion of your paper: Summary of the key points from the body of your paper. Closing statement. Submitting Written Support ESSAY - Paper Save, label, and submit Written Support Paper as follows: Course number_your last name_name of the assignment (1310_Smith_written support paper.doc) Submit Before 11:55pm on the due date Submit to Individual Project Directing & Design - Written Support paper SUBMISSION PAGE Website for online book: Vital Sorurce login informtion provided after order placed

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