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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers
Synopses & Reviews
Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers applies directly to the experience of theatrical production. You will immediately be able to inforporate 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.
* Each chapter has comprehensive examples, end-of-chapter questions, and summaries to stimulate your creative process
* NEW focus on unconventional plays
* Expanded information on Action Analysis
* NEW appendix with helpful forms for Action Analysis and Formalist Analysis
About the Author
James Thomas, Professor of Theatre at Wayne State University and Head of its PhD Program in Directing and Theatre Scholarship, is a graduate of St. Ambrose College (BA), Villanova University (MA), and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD). Thomas has also taught theatre at Mount Holyoke College, Marquette University and Florida State University, where he was Associate Dean. His recent directing credits include Six Characters in Search of an Author and Cymbeline at Detroit’s Hilberry Theatre, and Ah, Wilderness! and The Skin of our Teeth at the Bonstelle Theatre. He is also translator of texts about modern Russian acting and directing technique and Director of the Department’s Study Abroad Program with the Moscow Art Theatre School. He is currently at work on a study of Shakespeare’s plays for actors, directors and designers.
Professor of Theatre, Wayne State University; Head of the PhD Program in Directing and Theatre Scholarship, Detroit, MI, USA
Table of Contents
Action Analysis; Fountations of the Plot: Given Circumstances; Foundations of the Plot: The Background Story; Plot: External and Internal Action; Plot: Progression and Structure; Character; Idea; Dialogue; Tempo, Rhythm, and Mood; The Style of the Play; A Final Word about Dramatic Form; Supplimentary Topics for Script Analysis; Introduction to Genres and Styles of Drama; Bibliography
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