Thea 101 Essay

6577 Words Sep 27th, 2013 27 Pages
Final Project
Part1: Directorial Vision Statement
The piece that I selected for this formal treatment is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I select this for a couple of reasons that are listed as the following.
First of all, Romeo and Juliet is so famous and popular all around the world, and the two main characters—Romeo and Juliet are so well-known that even people who have no idea about theatre or the original piece of work know they are tragic lovers whose families resented each other. However, on the other hand, compare to the number of people who know the two characters, there are much less people who know the whole storyline and the background of this creation, not even mentioning its artistic value and social impacts.
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Through all these recreations and reproductions, I think the value of Romeo and Juliet today has greatly surpassed its original values since generations of professionals (and enthusiasts) have devoted their valuable creativities and insights into the classic piece. As a student of Thea 101, it is very important to study Romeo and Juliet more deeply, given its great impact (and also the great impact of its playwright) in the history of theatre. Though what I know about theatre and the piece of Romeo and Juliet are much less than professionals, I think it will be a good chance for me to know more about this classic piece and learn from past successful reproductions in the process of doing this project. In my opinion, in order to know more about Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and the art of theatre in general, the best way is to apply what I learn in class and in this process, combine with my own creativities into the designs of this classic piece.
To study the genesis of Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare, I did some research online.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry

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