Play Idea Worksheet is located in the Playwrighting Assignments folder within the ASSIGNMENTS folder.

ASSIGNMENT #4 – PLAY IDEA WORKSHEET & VIEWING & READING OUR TOWN

PART I – COMPLETE THE PLAY IDEA WORKSHEET & UPLOAD TO DROPBOX FOLDER

Play Idea Worksheet is located in the Playwrighting Assignments folder within the ASSIGNMENTS folder.

PART II – READ SCRIPT & WATCH VIDEO OF OUR TOWN & WRITE A RESPONSE PAPER

Guidelines: Comment on plots, characters, theme, language, staging, acting, scenery, costumes, and lighting.

Plot & Characters: Give a clear overview/synopsis of the plot. Ask and answer the questions, “What Identify the main character by asking and answering the question, “Whose story is it?” After choosing a main character, describe that character and other supporting characters.

Theme: Ask and answer the questions, “What is the play about? What is it saying to the audience?”

Language: How do the characters speak?Do you see/hear a difference from modern, everyday speech? Give examples.

Staging: Note the movement and stillness of people and things on the stage. How are are characters positioned in relation to one another? What stage pictures are created?

Acting: Is the acting contained or broad? Is it realistic or non-realistic? Is it credible? Can you get lost in the story? Is there are discrepancy between the actors and the characters?

Scenery: What are the scenic pieces? Does the scenery change? How much? What shapes, textures, colors are used? How does the scenery interact with the costumes and lighting? How does the scenery help dramatize the story?

Costumes: What costumes clothe the actors? What shapes do they make, what silhouettes? Do characters change costumes throughout the play? What shapes, textures, colors are used? How do the costumes interact with the scenery and lighting? How do the costumes light help dramatize the story?

Lighting: What is the lighting doing? What colors are used? When, if ever, is the light concentrated or broad, bright or dim? What direction does the light come from? How does the light help dramatize the story?

Conventions: What are the “codes of meaning” used by the production to communicate to the audience? Compare the conventions we discovered in Story Theatre and Small House of Uncle Thomas.

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