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sometimes called the production concept; a metaphor, dominant idea, or set of conventions used by a director to shape a production
directorial concept
a type of comic drama that usually emphasizes situation over character or idea. coincedence, misunderstanding, ridiculous violence, and rapid pace are its typical ingredients.
one of the final rehearsals, usually immediately preceding dress rehearsals, devoted primarily to making sure that all the technical elements (scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, sound, and properties) are ready and are functiong as planned.
technical rehearsal
forerunners/influences on melodrama (1700s)
1. opera (England-ballad opera, France-Opera comique, Germany-Singspiel-Magic Flute) 2. pantomime- "Harlequin" character did slapstick accompanied by music 3. Romanticism appears in the early 1800s (god created everything, truth is found in the infinite variety of creation, against norms) 4. shakespeare (translated into other languages as people recognized that he had broken neoclassic rules, his plays resurrected and performed with historically accurate sets and costumes)
melodrama (popular version of Romanticism)
1. means music drama. 2. began in france in 1800. 3. reaction to classical rules of writing (neoclassical forms of tragedy and comedy limited time, place, plot, no fantasy/supernatural. 4. sought to portray universal truths. 5. emphasized: clear and suspenseful plots, all events onstage, realistic spectacle, local color (festivals), plot devices (mistaken ID, coincidences, hidden documents), evil punished, good rewarded, comic relief by servants. 6. even though they had realistic sets they still used stereotypical characters/plot
where was Oscar Wilde born and when?
born in dublin, ireland in 1854
Where did O.W. Study?
trinity college and oxford
what was O.W. distinguished for?
scholarship, wit, dress
what did O.W. subscribe to?
aesthete philosophy- art for art's sake and was satirized for this
when and what did O.W. first publish?
1881 Poems
Was he married?
yes with 2 children
the next year he lectured in the U.S. and produced his drama....
short stories, essays, and novels but best at plays
O.W. masterpiece and best piece?
The Importance
in 1891 was accused of?
homosexuality, tried and imprisoned for 2 years of hard labor
Did what while he was in jail?
wrote most famous poem and an apology
when he was released where did he go? what happened?
moved to France until his death in 1900, plagued by bad health and bankruptcy, he did not write another play before his death
What is farce?
1. like all comedy it requires distance from concern-but interest in the subject. 2. usually plays based on broadly humorous situations that surpasses reality. 3. emphasis on surprise and swift physical action
what are the themes of Importance of Being Earnest?
marriage, money, education, sincerity, class relationships, death
Directors are interpretive artists working with 3 basis elements:
space, actor, script
2 main approaches to directing:
faithful to script interpretation, the script as a mere tool to create his own vision, combination of the above (most common)
Script....the more complex the script the...
greater the number of interpretations
script....begin by looking at ...
style look at the given circumstances stated by...
playwright (characters, conflicts, locale)
Script elements:
theme, plot, character, dialogue, spectacle
most important script element is the basis for developing your...
directorial concept
to develop production concept consider:
source materials, period/culture, style of production, and script analysis
analyze script as a whole and divide/analyze french scenes (defined by actor entrace/exit or unity of motivation, action, mood, etc.)
open invitational, must be willing to compromise, standbys double casting
production planner
meets with designers, creates schedule for designers and actors
rehearses actors
must assume role of ideal audience, must be tactful and understanding
director coordinates all...
elements into finished production
Rehearsal Process (set objectives for subunits within script and schedule through following phases: IN ORDER
1. read/analyze, understand 2. blocking-can be done on the spot or planned, most use combo. 3. memorize dialogue. 4. detail work. 5. technical rehearsal: integration of technical elements and polishing of transitions. 6. dress rehearsals-may have 2 or 3 dress rehearsal w/ or w/out audience