Direct a scene from one of the plays we read this semester

Your assignment is to direct a scene from one of the plays we read this semester, either one of the ancient Greek plays or King Lear. Basically, I want you to tell me how you visualize the scene in your head.  Drama is part visual, and it is important to be able to picture what is happening.

Direct a scene from one of the plays we read this semester

Your assignment is to direct a scene from one of the plays we read this semester, either one of the ancient Greek plays or King Lear.  Basically, I want you to tell me how you visualize the scene in your head.  Drama is part visual, and it is important to be able to picture what is happening.  The text provides very little details and stage directions, so I want you to fill in the blanks.  There is absolutely not right or wrong answer to this, please feel free to be as creative as possible.

This means that you can choose to set the play where it was meant to be se, or you can set the play in a world of your choosing.  This could mean setting the play in the modern world, the medieval era, feudal China, or the distant future; it is totally up to you! When grading this assignment I will primarily be looking at two things, how much time and effort you put into it and the quality of the reasons you provide behind the choices that you make.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

Here are the types of things that you need to describe in your directions.  Of course, you can talk about other things, but you absolutely have to make sure you cover the following aspects of production as well as provide reasons for the decisions that you make:

1.) Make sure you tell me what scene you are directing.  Make sure you pick a scene that is substantially long.  A few scenes are one or two pages, and those are NOT fair game!

2.) TIME AND SETTING:

I. Make sure you tell me WHEN your scene is set.  Is it in ancient times?  Modern times? The future?  How do we know?

ii. Also, let me know WHERE your scene is set?  Is it in Japan?  The United States? Azeroth?  Again, how do we know?

3.) ACTORS AND ACTRESSES: What actresses and actors do you have cast in your scene?  What roles are they playing?

4.) COSTUME AND PHYSICAL APPEARANCE- What costumes are your actors wearing?  Are they wearing heavy makeup?  What about their face and body language?  Do your characters look tired?  Depressed?  Scared?

5.) BACKGROUND AND PROPS- What does your set look like?  Make sure you tell me what the set is.  Is it a bedroom?  A bar?  A study?  After you tell me what it is, describe the set.  What props are on stage?  What is the room filled with?

6.) MOVEMENT- Let me know what your characters are doing physically in the scene.  Actors don’t usually stand in one place and give their lines, so make sure yours don’t!  Tell me what they are doing while on stage.  Are they walking around?  Picking things up?  Gesturing wildly?

7.) LIGHTING AND SPECIAL EFFECTS- Are there any special lighting tricks or special

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE FORMATTED AS A TRADITIONAL PAPER.  YOU CAN SIMPLY ANSWER THE ABOVE QUESTIONS NUMERICALLY IN A LIST, OR WHATEVER WAY MAKES THE MOST SENSE TO YOU.  Really, there is no wrong way to do this assignment as long as all the above information is included in it.  Like I said, it is not about being right or wrong but how much effort and detail you put into this.  You do not have to rewrite dialog or include your own dialog, but honestly some students have really enjoyed this assignment and done so even though they did not have to!  Anyway, if you are doing this paper numerically 1-7, it should end up being about 3 pages double spaced.

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