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

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Style in Production

Making Decisions

 

 

Now that you are much more aware of style in playscripts and can identify a playwright’s individualization, you are ready to attack your own challenges of making style in productions. The goal is to make something you can call your own while maintaining the integrity of the play and the playwright.

When applied to play production, form means the general shape of the staging, as opposed to specific shape. Form implies that a playscript has been physicalized on an available stage, that it has been given some sort of scenic investiture, that it has been costumed and lighted (perhaps only with daylight), and that it has been acted at least in a minimal way. All staged plays, including historical ones, have ...

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