Stage Directing / Edition 1

Stage Directing / Edition 1

by Jim Patterson
ISBN-10:
0205389635
ISBN-13:
9780205389636
Pub. Date:
10/03/2003
Publisher:
Pearson

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Stage Directing / Edition 1

Written for the introductory directing course, Stage Directing is organized around the six basic steps in the process that all successful directors use: selecting the playscript, analyzing and researching the play, conceiving the production, casting, rehearsing, and finally giving and receiving criticism.

One reviewer praised "the natural order of the material, the light and engaging style of the writing, the online reference material, and the generally accepted approach to directing re-examined in a fresh voice." (Don Sandley, Samford University)

Features:

  • Offers practical directing tips in sidebars throughout the text to help the new director understand the nuts and bolts of directing.
  • Explains and illustrates actor-audience relationships so students can apply proscenium directing techniques to arena, alley, and thrust stagings.
  • Includes two in-book original short plays allowing the instructor and students to apply concepts to an actual short playscript.
  • Provides an original dramatic vignette as a short and manageable exercise in breaking down a play into units and beats.
  • Features practical directing exercises throughout the text helping students apply theory to practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205389636
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 10/03/2003
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

THE DIRECTOR AT WORK.

Step One: Selecting the Playscript.

Step Two: Analyzing and Researching the Playscript.
A. Structure.
B. Acts, Units, and Beats.
C. Character.
D. Meaning.

Step Three: Conceiving the Production.
A. The World of the Play.
B. What the Audience Hears.
C. Helping the Audience to See: The Ground Plan.

Step Four: Casting the Production: The Ideal and the Real.

Step Five: Rehearsing the Production: Staging, Shaping Polishing.
A. Stage Basics.
B. What the Audience Sees: Composing the Action.
C. What the Audience Sees: Picturing the Action.
D. Actors Must Learn Lines So Directors Can Shape the Action.
E. Intensifying the Action: The Actor.
F. Polishing.

Step Six: Giving and Receiving Criticism.

THINKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD.

Appendix One: “Mae and Her Stories” by David DeWitt.

Appendix Two: “Cha-Cha-Cha” by Garth Wingfield.

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