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1. Imagine the telling of an important event in
your life through music, dance, poetry, and a play. Write a verse of melody
and lyrics, describe the type of dance most appropriate,write a verse of poetry,
and describe the opening scene of a play, each of which conveys the event.
2. Turn your favorite popular song into the scenario
for a play. What elements must be added to accommodate a two-hour, full-length
3. Turn your favorite film or an episode of your
favorite TV show into a song. What parts of the dramatic action can be conveyed
in music and lyrics? Which arts must be left out?
4. If you were to turn your favorite
movie / TV show / into a two-hour stage play, what aspects would you leave
or adapt to the dimensions of stage space? What scenes could not be shown?
5. Devise alternate endings for well-known plays
such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, or Death of a Salesman that would alter
implications of the play, yet maintain the tragic nature of the action.
6. Write out a scenario
for scenes that do not appear, but could be logically included or substituted
for others in the above
plays. Imagine, for instance, a scene or scenes that could precede the beginnings
of these plays as presently structured.
7. Scan the daily newspaper
and create a scenario for a play based on a "real-life" event It does not
have to be a headline or front-page story. The event may be reported in
the sports, financial, or lifestyle
sections. The source might be printed in capsule form under the headings "arrests,"
"legal notices," "social clubs," or even "recipes."
1. Consider one of the plays read or discussed
so far and describe how it could be presented (a) on a proscenium stage;
(b) on an arena stage; (c) on a thrust stage; (d) in found space, such
as a church or warehouse; and (e) in an all -purpose space. Which space
seems to be best for the play? Why?
2. Consider each of the plays read or discussed
so far, and explain which type of space you think would be best for it.
PLEASE NOTE: for all papers you
submit for this class (critiques, short papers, extra credit), you MUST include
the following information at the top of your paper; include it as part of
the text of the paper and not as a header, as this will make it easier for
me to mark the document electronically:
The Assignment (i.e.: Critique One, Paper Two, etc.)
The semester for which you are registered (i.e.: Fall 2000, Summer 2001,
This information MUST be included on
ALL written assignments.
November 20, 2007