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

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Style in Production

New Plays

 

 

This book takes the position that if you are not aware of all types of plays, those of past ages as well as those of our time, then you, as a director, will be far less perceptive of the individual styles and potentials in new plays. The concept expressed in Chapter 1 of this book bears repeating: As the primary theatrical artist, a director is not a playwright, but helps playwrights clarify their plays, not unlike how the director helps actors and designers find more intensive expression in their work. As a master communicator and interpreter of the work of others, a director brings stage awareness and historical knowledge to all aspects of a production. The director serves the play, but does not write it, ...

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