Directing Plays

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Taylor & Francis, 1996 - Performing Arts - 201 pages
Directing Plays explores both the theory and practice of directing plays, with particular emphasis on textual interpretation. Don Taylor guides the student through the complex process of choosing a play, the working partnership of director, playwright and designer, the delicate matter of casting a play, the rehearsal process and everything which needs to happen before the production is up and running.
 

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Contents

What is a Director?
1
Directing without directors
2
Players and masquers
3
Sir William Davenant
8
Sheridan and Pinero
12
Modernism and the birth of the director
17
Directors today
23
Texts
26
Lighting and Costume Designers
106
Sound and Music
112
Crossing imaginary bridges
116
The Rehearsal Process
118
Blocking
126
Break down and synthesis
130
Confidence
140
Runthroughs
145

Transformations
33
auteur directors
39
Selecting your play
46
Concepts
50
Living playwrights
57
Preparation
68
Casting
75
Producers
86
Design and Designers
89
Theatre Space
90
The design
97
Being difficult
147
Nontextual techniques
150
Rehearsing Shakespeare
154
Fitup to opening
172
The fitup
174
The technical
176
The dress rehearsal
183
The opening
189
Conclusions
194
Index
196
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