Final Theatre Project
Final Introduction to Theatre Project
In the final unit of the Introduction to theatre course, you will have an opportunity to create virtual production elements to accompany your 10-minute play. (Note: 10-minutue plays are usually between 8 - 10 pages).
1.Before continuing, take a moment to read your play aloud before completing the design process.
If you have not written your play, see MODULE 9.
In Module 9, I have only written 1-page. Do I need to write a 10 page play to complete the Final Module?
No, writing an additional 7-8 pages is not a requirement; feel free to use the first page of your play write-up. Hence, instead of a 8-10 minute play, consider it as an analysis of your “scene” instead.
If you feel your play is not complete, you can consider how you would like your play to end. Hence, consider the Inciting Incident, Rising Acting, Climax, Falling Action, and Denouement. Take a moment and map out your play! Note: This could be helpful in drafting your polar attitudes and super objective.
If you still experience difficulty, feel free to use RABBIT HOLE, posted via Blackboard, to complete your exploration.
1. Complete the Theme Statement (If/then) of your play with support. The Theme Statement must include cause and effect. e.g. If you drink and drive, then you will injure and potentially kill yourself and others.
2. Include a discussion of the polar attitudes of each character within the play, with support. Polar attitudes are the characters at the beginning of a play versus their attitude at the end of the play.
e.g. a. Beginning Attitude: I do not like eating food in which I am unfamiliar.
b. Ending Attitude: I love trying new foods: my new favorites foods are pig feet, chitterlings, and calamari!
3. Include the Theatre Genre of your play, with support.
Note: In class, we have explored Tragedy in our reading of OTHELLO. Likewise, FENCES is often categorized as a Modern Tragedy. Please Review pgs. 169-192 in The Theatre Experience textbook by Edwin Wilson for greater information concerning genres. Similarly, please visit:
http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/genres to explore additional genres.
4. Discuss the significance of the title of your play, with support.
5. Discuss the super objective of each character in your play, with support. A character’s super objective is their objective at the beginning of the play, versus their objective at the end of a play.
- e.g. As a student, your objective could be to pass all of your classes in a particular semester, yet your super objective could be to graduate and work in your profession.
6. Discuss what theatre seating format would your play use and why? (proscenium, thrust, round, stadium, found space)
Can I create a PowerPoint, Prezi, or something similar to answer the questions above?
Yes. Please make certain all of the pertinent information is included. -
Digital Booklet. Additionally,
- Answer Question 1 Below (Required)
- Answer THREE Questions from Question Block 2-7. (Only THREE Questions Required)
1. What is the directorial concept of your play?
To view an example of a concept statement, please visit The PAJAMA GAME booklet. If you experience difficulty, please visit: theatre.atavist.com/the-pajama-gamepcfbw
2. Plays use sound to create mood and to highlight key moments in the play. Please create a 150 - 200 word paragraph highlighting the music requirements of your play.
Similarly, please indicate how sound is impacted by the concept? Please create a form including the sound cues required as well as the page numbers. (See Pages 241-260)
Finally, please include links for sound to a minimum of three songs or sound effects. Please include a short description of the impact desired of the selected songs or sound effects.
3. Props are used by characters in a play to advance the action of the play. In Common Enemy, an example of a prop could be a basketball or assigned paper (bell hooks).
Please provide a prop list for your play. Please include the page number(s) where the prop is needed, as well as character(s) who requires the prop.
Additionally, please include a picture of a minimum of three props to accompany your discussion on what is required. (See Page 213)
4. Lighting cues can be used to highlight key moments or to aid in scene or mood transitions.
In 150-200 words, please discuss the lighting requirements of your play. Please remember to include a discussion of each scene. (See Pages 241-260)
5. Please discuss the costume requirements of your play. Please include one picture (or sketch drawing of costume choices) for each character in the play. How is the costume design impacted by the concept? (See Pages 221-240)
6. Please discuss the set requirements of your play.
In 150-200 words, please discuss the set requirements of your play. Please remember to discuss the set requirements of each scene.
If applicable, please create and/or discuss the ground plan for your 8-10 minute play. (See 199-219)
7. Please include a poster to advertise your play!
Include the title, playwright(s), featured actors, and director (if applicable).
Note: Although not required in this interactive activity, in play posters, typically the date, location, and ticket ordering information is provided as well.
What type of special effects would your play use? Why? (See Page 213) * Question is not included in required 3-question response.
Does your play feature choreography? If so, how? * Question is not included in required 3-question response.
Assignment Premise: The University requires a group interactive project in distance learning courses.
You have been assigned a Production Team at random.
Please visit the Group Link Via Blackboard (Final Module) to see your groupings and assignments.
Each collaborator will be given a specific job of either: A director or a designer. Once you receive your assignment, please complete the Discovery Exercise.
Once you complete the Discovery Exercise above, please find your role (e.g. Director, Lighting Designer, Costume Designer, etc.) below, and complete the activity below.
If you are listed as the Director, you will:
- Develop a Concept Statement for FENCES.
- Develop an If/then Statement with support
- Upload any photos that speaks to your vision
Rabbit Hole Concept Statement Example
Pajama Game Concept Statement Example
If you are listed as the Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Props Designer, or Poster Designer, you will:
- Review the Concept Statement (created by your colleague), and create the corresponding design for FENCES.
Date and location for the Poster Design can be invented by the designer.
GROUP PROJECT DUE DATES:
* Discovery Exercise - DUE NOVEMBER 27th at 11:59 pm.
* Director’s Concept Statement: DUE NOVEMBER 27th at 11:59 pm. (If it is not posted by the deadline, as not to impede the progress of collaborators, a director’s concept will be posted from the Instructor.)
* Design Responses to Concept Statement: DUE DECEMBER 1st at 11:59 pm.
* Collaborative Video Responses: DUE DECEMBER 4th at 11:59 pm.
* Final Group E-mail from instructor: Posted DECEMBER 6th at 11:59 pm.
I. 8-10 Minute Play Paperwork 1 and 2:
DUE DECEMBER 1ST 11:59 PM
II. ONLINE FINAL:
DECEMBER 5TH 11:59 PM.