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Play Directing, 7th Edition by Michael McLain, Francis Hodge

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The Foundation and Façade of the Playscript

Given Circumstances and Dialogue

 

 

After you have read the following pages, you will understand why the title of this chapter is “The Foundation and Façade of the Playscript.” All you need to understand at this point, however, is that given circumstances and dialogue frame the play, just as deeply rooted pilings and a covering of glass and steel frame a modern skyscraper. The given circumstances resemble the deeply rooted base of a building—the substructure and foundation on which it is built; and dialogue is the outer shell, the façade, the transparent encasement covering the activities that will go on inside. If you keep these images in mind, you will be able to see why the real guts of the play ...

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