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Plays, A Form Of Story Telling
THE play is a form of story telling, among several such forms: the short story, or tale; the novel; and in verse, the epic and that abbreviated version of it called the ballad. All of them, each in its own fashion, is trying to do pretty much the same thing, to tell a story.
Plays, A Cultural Opportunity
The play, this democratic mode of story telling, attracting vast numbers of hearers and universally popular because man is ever avid of amusement and turns hungrily to such a medium as the theater to satisfy a deeply implanted instinct for pleasure, can be made an experience to the auditor properly to be included in what he would call his cultural opportunity.
Plays Up To Shakespeare
THE recent vogue of plays like The Servant in the House, The Passing of the Third Floor Back, The Dawn of Tomorrow, and Everywoman sends the mind back to the early history of English drama and is full of instruction.
Plays - Growth To The Nineteenth Century
PREPAREDNESS in the appreciation of a modern play presupposes a knowledge of the origin and early development of English drama, as briefly sketched in the preceding pages.
Plays - The Modern School
WE have noted that Ibsen's plays began to get a hearing in England in the eighteen nineties. In fact, it was in 1889 that Mr. J. T. Grein had the temerity to produce at his Independent Theater in London A Doll's House, and followed it shortly afterward by the more drastic Ghosts.
The Play As Theme And Personal View
WE may now come directly to a consideration of the play regarded as a work of art and a piece of life. After all, this is the central aim in the attempt to become intelligent in our play-going.
Plays - Method And Structure
At the beginning let it be understood that the dramatist must see his subject dramatically. Every stage story should be seen or conceived in a central moment which is the explanation of the whole play, its reason for being.
Plays - Method And Structure - Part 2
With the opening act, then, so handled as to avoid these pitfalls, the dramatist is ready to go on with his task.
Plays - Development
THE story being properly started, it becomes the dramatist's business, as we saw, so to advance it that it will develop naturally and with such increase of interest as to tighten the hold upon the audience as the plot reaches its crucial point, the obligatory scene.
Plays - Climax
WITH the play properly introduced in act one, and the development carried forward upon that firm foundation in the following act or acts, the playwright approaches that part of his play which will, more than any-thing else, settle the fate of his work.
Ending A Play
TO one who is watchful in his theater seat, it must have become evident that many plays, which in the main give pleasure and seem successful, have something wrong with the last act.
Social Significance Of The Play
WE have now surveyed the chief elements involved in the making of a play and suggested an intelligent attitude on the part of the play-goer toward them. Primarily the aim has been to broaden and sharpen the appreciation of a delightful experience.
Amateur Plays - Choosing The Play
THE first important question arising after the decision to give a play, is - What play? Only too often is this question answered in a haphazard way.
Amateur Plays - Organization
A GREAT many more factors go into the making of a successful dramatic production than may at first be apparent.
Amateur Plays - Choosing The Cast
OBVIOUSLY, the choice of the cast should depend upon the ability of the actors, although in the case of an organization like a school or college dramatic club, this system is not always practicable or even advisable.
Amateur Plays - Rehearsing
THE first rehearsal should be called as soon as possible after the cast has been selected and a place chosen in which to work. If the play is to be performed in a regular theater, it is wise to block out the general action and have at least the first two or three rehearsals on the stage.
Amateur Plays - Rehearsing II
THE dress rehearsal usually takes place on the night before the regular performance.
Amateur Plays - The Stage
A GREAT deal more attention is being directed in this country, at least - to the improvement of the physical requirements of the stage than heretofore.
Amateur Plays - Lighting
IT has been rightly urged that recent inventions and discoveries in lighting constitute the greatest contribution to the modern art of the theater.
Amateur Plays - Scenery And Costumes
The purpose of this chapter is (1) to suggest simple but effective means of staging without using the conventional sets, and (2) to lay down a few principles as to costuming.
Amateur Plays - Selective List Of Amateur Plays
This list makes no pretence to completeness. It has been the writer's purpose merely to mention a number of classic and standard plays which amateurs can produce without too great difficulty.
Amateur Plays - Copyright And Royalty
The copyright law of the United States requires that every play, whether published or unpublished, for which copyright protection is claimed, must be registered in the copyright office at Washington, D.C. Until such registration, no action for infringement of copyright can be maintained.
Amateur Plays - A Note On Makeup
The whole art of making-up is still hide-bound by tradition, because of stupid ideals which persist in the minds of those whose business it is to direct, as well as many in the acting profession itself.
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