In this week’s 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 last week’s module.
I have only written 1-7 pages. Do I need to write a 8-10 page play to complete this week’s module?
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! Then, draft it. Note: This could be helpful in drafting your polar attitudes and super objective.
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. -
Read the Technical Insights section of the Common Enemy Digital Booklet. Note: Please view excerpts from Technical Rehearsals.
- Answer Question One Below (Required)
- Next, 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.
* Questions are not included in required 3-question response.
What type of special effects would your play use? Why? (See Page 213)
Does your play feature choreography? If so, how?
Last Module (Completed):
Director and Producer
This week’s Module (on Deck):
Scenery - Currently posted via Blackboard
Next Module (future quizzes)0:
* Stage Costumes
* Lighting and Sound
Realistic/ Unrealistic elements of Theatre