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Stage Directions Guide to Directing (Stage Directions Guides)
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Every director, from the beginner to the most experienced, will find in this book invaluable information to make their direction more effective. Following a general overview of the director's role, the book focuses on how the director shapes and guides a production - from preproduction meetings to curtain calls. Veteran directors and actors in community, regional, and academic theatre offer their expertise on a range of topics, including:
Every director, from the beginner to the most experienced, will find in this book invaluable information to make their direction more effective.
About the Author
Neil Offen served as Editor of Stage Directions magazine for nearly five years, beginning in 1994. Neil brings to his work decades of journalistic experience and a lifelong love of theatre in all its facets.Stephen Peithman is Editor-in-Chief of Stage Directions magazine, which he cofounded in 1988. Stephen brings to his work decades of journalistic experience and a lifelong love of theatre in all its facets.
Table of Contents
Contents: Part I - PREPRODUCTION 1 - Ten Steps for Picking the Right Play; What to Look for Before You Decide 2 - Finding the Right Play for You; How to Use Play Catalogues to Guide the Way 3 - Thirteen Reasons Not to Pick a Show; A Baker's Dozen of Common Traps 4 - Seven Reasons Not to Attempt the Classics; ...And All the Reasons Why We Should, Anyway, Dale Lyles 5 - How to Read a Script; Ten Ways to Judge Whether a Play is Right for You, Jim De Young 6 - Is It Legal to Change the Script? 7 - Photocopying Plays; Publishers Explain What's Legal and What Isn't Part II - FIRST STEPS 8 - Getting It All Together; How to Work with Your Production Team 9 - Off to a Good Start; Set the Ground Rules Early-and Stick to Them 10 - Great Expectations; A Successful Opening Night Begins with the First Rehearsal, Nancianne Pfister 11 - Make Time Work for You; How to Keep on Top of things Throughout the Rehearsal Period 12 - Off Book, On Target; Offstage Readers During Rehearsal Get Actors Out of the Script and In
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