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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers / Edition 4
     

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers / Edition 4

by James Thomas
 

ISBN-10: 024081049X

ISBN-13: 9780240810492

Pub. Date: 02/13/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers applies directly to the experience of theatrical production. You will immediately be able to incorporate the concepts and processes you learn into both your practical and creative work. Whether you are an actor, a director, or a designer, you will benefit from clear and comprehensive examples, end-of-chapter

Overview

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers applies directly to the experience of theatrical production. You will immediately be able to incorporate the concepts and processes you learn into both your practical and creative work. Whether you are an actor, a director, or a designer, you will benefit from clear and comprehensive examples, end-of-chapter questions, and summaries meant to stimulate their creative process as they engage in production work.

Based on the premise that plays should be objects of study in and of themselves, Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers teaches an established system of classifications that examines the written part of a play. This fourth edition will include in-depth analysis of unconventional plays, which are more frequent on amateur and professional stages. These plays present unique analytical challenges that the author teaches you the unusual ways in which the subject matter operates in unconventional plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240810492
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/13/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface x

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Action Analysis 1

Events 2

Action Analysis and Nonrealistic Plays 25

Chapter 2 Given Circumstances 38

Time 40

Place 45

Society 49

Economics 56

Politics and Law 58

Learning and the Arts 58

Spirituality 60

The World of the Play 60

Given Circumstances in Nonrealistic Plays 62

Chapter 3 Background Story 70

Technique 73

Identification 77

Background Story in Nonrealistic Plays 89

Chapter 4 External and Internal Action 93

External Action 94

Internal Action 102

External and Internal Action in Nonrealistic Plays 114

Chapter 5 Progressions and Structure 129

Progressions 129

Structure 141

Progressions and Structure in Nonrealistic Plays 150

Chapter 6 Character 168

Objectives 169

Actions 172

Adaptations - An Aside 176

Conflict 177

Will Power 179

Values 182

Personality Traits 186

Complexity 188

Relationships 190

Character in Nonrealistic Plays 191

The Score of a Role 193

Chapter 7 Idea 200

Idea in the Words 201

Idea in the Characters 210

Idea in the Plot 214

The Main Idea 218

Idea in Nonrealistic Plays 222

Postscript on Action Analysis 228

Chapter 8 Dialogue 229

Words 230

Sentences 232

Length 233

Speeches 239

Punctuation 239

Special Qualities 245

Poetry 246

Theatricality 251

Dialogue in Nonrealistic Plays 259

Chapter 9 Tempo, Rhythm, and Mood 263

Tempo 264

Rhythm 276

Mood and Atmosphere 279

Tempo, Rhythm, and Mood in Nonrealistic Plays 282

Closing Notes on Nonrealistic Plays 283

Chapter 10 The Style of the Play 287

Given Circumstances 287

Background Story 292

Plot 295

Character 302

Idea 304

Dialogue306

Atmosphere 308

A Final Word 312

Appendix: Further Questions for Script Analysis 314

Bibliography 318

Index 324

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