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).
In class, we completed a 10-minute writing project. Note: Please see the link below for a recap of the assignment instructions.
Now that you have experience in writing a short play, use the format above and continue to write until you have 8-10 pages.
In your writing, consider RABBIT HOLE, FENCES, and OTHELLO as paradigms for structure. Also, visit the Freytag’s Pyramid Folder below for a diagram on playwriting.
Part One - Write/ Re-write
Write an 8 - 10 minute play featuring a beginning, middle, and end. Please make certain your play is typed and single-spaced using 12-lettered font. Note: you may add a space between each line:
DARLENE: I just cannot find a job.
SAM: I don’t want to hear that anymore! You do not try! You procrastinate and make everybody feel as if they are the cause of YOUR problems. (Lowers voice, and works to understand.) I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to raise my voice. All I am saying is, please take some responsibility. (crosses to her) The kids need their mother, please don’t walk away from me. I get it... you took care of me while I looked for a job. It was hard, yet you stood by me. Now... I’m trying to stand by you. Bae, you have got to get out of this depression. You have got to get up and DO something. I miss the energetic spirit you use to have.
DARLENE: Who do you think you are to talk to me like that? I... lost ... my ...FOOT due to health complications??? Do you understand that? That’s like injuring yourself before you run a half-marathon. You’ll never get the old me back.
SAM: Excuses!!!! You have a heart, a mind, an inner-strength. Get up from there! Get up!!!
Note: It could be of value to read part Two and Three before writing your play.
Part TWO - Beginning, Middle, End
After you have finished writing your 8-10 minute play, answer the questions below:
1. Which parts of Freytag’s Pyramid would form the beginning of a story?
2. Which parts would make up the middle?
3. Which parts would make up the end?
Part Three - Plot -
What is the Exposition, Inciting Incident, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution, and Dénouement of your scene? Please provide a response to each section above. Please use the information below to clarify definitions and view an example.
1. Exposition: setting the scene. The writer introduces the characters and setting, providing description and background.
2. Inciting Incident: something happens to begin the action. A single event usually signals the beginning of the main conflict. The inciting incident is sometimes called ‘the complication’.
Rising Action: the story builds and gets more exciting.
Climax: the moment of greatest tension in a story. This is often the most exciting event. It is the event that the rising action builds up to and that the falling action follows.
Falling Action: events happen as a result of the climax and we know that the story will soon end.
Resolution: the character solves the main problem/conflict or someone solves it for him or her.
Dénouement: You can think of the dénouement as the opposite of the exposition: instead of getting ready to tell us the story by introducing the setting and characters, the author is getting ready to end it with a final explanation of what actually happened and how the characters think or feel about it. This can be the most difficult part of the plot to identify, as it is often very closely tied to the resolution.
(a French term, pronounced: day-noo-moh) the ending. At this point, any remaining secrets, questions or mysteries which remain after the resolution are solved by the characters or explained by the author. Sometimes the author leaves us to think about the THEME or future possibilities for the characters.
The Titanic prepares to leave England for America with Jack and Rose on-board.
2. Inciting Incident
Jack stops Rose from committing suicide.
3. Rising Action
Rose’s mother, her fiance, Cal, and Cal’s bodyguard try to keep Jack away from Rose as the two begin to fall in love. The ship hits an iceberg.
The Titanic splits in two and sinks.
5. Falling Action
Jack, Rose and the other passengers wait for lifeboats.
Rose is rescued and gives her name as Rose Dawson. As a result, Cal never finds her again.
Elderly Rose drops the necklace into the sea and visualizes Jack as she dies peacefully.
Part Four - Performance
1. Once you have completed writing your final 10-minute play, take a moment to read it through aloud before completing any necessary edits.
2. Video record your reading via the link below. Note: Similar to our in-class exercise, you can change voices when reading another character. Due to the individual nature of this project, you may not be able to use additional voices in your reading.
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.
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. -
1. What is the directorial concept of your play? To view an example of a concept statement, pleas visit The PAJAMA GAME booklet. If you experience difficulty, please visit: theatre.atavist.com/the-pajama-gamepcfbw
In addition to the directorial concept above, please complete 3 of the questions below.
How is costume design impacted by the concept? Please insert visual aids.
How is sound impacted by the concept? Please create a form including the sound cues and page numbers.
What type of special effects would your play use? Why? Note: If none, please select another question to answer.
Does your play feature choreography? If so, how? Note: If not, please select another question to answer.
Please provide a prop list for your play. Please include a picture of the props to accompany your discussion on what is required.
Please discuss the lighting requirements in your play.
Please create and discuss the groundplan for your 10 minute play.
Upload all paperwork via Blackboard under Alternative Final Project submission. The link will allow unlimited paperwork.
Please submit a Table of Content to assist the instructor in navigation your submissions.
DUE: Wednesday May 9th. Late assignments will NOT be accepted.
Continue forth in Excellence!