Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

THE PLAY PROJECT

description
by

GREG ADKINS

on 26 February 2010

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of THE PLAY PROJECT

The Play!!
ACTING IV:
THE PLAY PROJECT
(We will call ACTING V-"The PORTFOLIO")
Requirements: THIS IS WHAT I EXPECT!!!!
To be considered for presentation the play must meet the following criteria:
1. The play must be suitable for all audiences.
2. The play must have enough stage roles for all members of the class (except for Director and possibly Tech Director).
3. The play must be available and all rights and royalties secured.
4. You must turn in a completed PLAY PORTFOLIO. Portfolio must include (and be clearly labeled). You also MUST have a copy of the original script!
a. DIRECTOR’S VISION
b. PLOT & STORY
c. HISTORY & AUTHOR
d. TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
e. CHANGES NEEDED FOR THE CLASS


PART 1: Director's Vision (Presentation)
This must be communicated in your PLAY PRESENTATION. This is the most critical and crucial element of the PROJECT. In a creative way you must demonstrate comprehension in all of the following areas:
Do you demonstrate a thorough grasp of the text‚ potential as a dramatic experience with inventive ideas for staging?
Are you able to articulate the processes need to bring it to life?
Do you have a thorough understanding and a thoughtful, sensitive interpretation of plot and character?
Is your presentation systematic, consistent, poised, and mature?
Why is this play important?
What are the major themes?
How do we play the major themes?
Why should we choose this play?
How does your vision fit with the author’s original intent?
Is this a highly imaginative, illuminating, and original interpretation with a coherent directorial perspective?
Remember we are "raising the bar" of the
PART 2: The Plot & Story
Plot Summary
Character List (with brief descriptions) ENTIRE CAST!
Family/Relationship Tree Diagram of all Characters.
Part 4:
TECH
Scale Drawing of the Wolfpack Theatre.
Elevation Sketch (show true height!)
3D Audience Perspective Sketch
Costume renderings of all major characters
Publicity Ideas (include logo and poster design)
Ideas for lights, sound, and make-up! This might include special effects, soundtrack or special makeup needed.
PART 3: The History & Author
Synopsis of the Time Period/Genre
BRIEF AUTHOR BIO:
Julian Wiles
Julian Wiles is the founder and producing artistic director of Charleston Stage Company which, under his leadership, has grown into one of South Carolina's largest arts organizations. Wiles has also made a major commitment to youth education and was awarded the National Youth Theatre Directors Award in 1988. He has received the South Carolina Governor's Award for Excellence and was honored with a Concurrent Resolution from the South Carolina General Assembly for his commitment to education in 1990. A playwright as well as a director, Wiles has six published plays, including FrUiTCaKeS, all of which are performed internationally. His Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe—The Final Mystery premiered to sold-out houses at Charleston Stage in 1994. http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/AuthorBio.php?titlelink=10008
TIME PERIOD OVERVIEW:
THE GRAPES OF WRATH Overview of Interpretations of Era and Themes
If the beginning of the Depression was not bad enough, a prolonged drought also plagued the time period. Know as the "Dust Bowl", many farmers were put out of work due to the deadly effects of the drought. The soil became so dry it was unfarmable, and many lost their farms as they could not pay for the land and had no money to feed the family. The dirt became so dry, that at times, dust storms would blow the dirt across the lands steaming the name "Dust Bowl".
"The Grapes of Wrath" depicts the Dust Bowl and its effects on the people. The Joads are forced to move off their land, as many of their neighbors. This caused migration towards the west, away from the spoiled land. Many went to California in hopes of picking fruit or cotton to make ends meet. Many families spent every penny they had left to be able to travel to California. By the time of the movies release, 1940, 2.5 million people had moved from the Dust Bowl affected areas towards better land.
During the era, the family farm was very important. Farms were passed down from generations. If you grew up on a farm, farming was to be your job once you became of age. Muley Graves, a neighbor of the Joads, is telling the story of when is land was taken. He talks about how his family had been on the land for 70 years. He was born their, his father was born their, and his kids had been born there. And he wanted that his grandchildren be born there too. The scene gives a great interpretation of the feeling towards ones attachment to their own land during the time period. Another example of this feeling is seen when Grandpa does not want to leave. Grandpa states, "It's my dirt. It's no good but it's mine!".
Technological progress of the time period is depicted as well during the film. The tractors are shown coming to demolish the houses of those who could not afford the rents of their land. The tractors are referred to as "Cats" or Caterpillar brand tractors. The corporations of the time are depicted here. Also the technology of cars is an important part of the era. The car is what causes the migration towards California. Without its invention, many would have suffered much greater during the time period if they had to try and farm on their unfertile land, which is tough to imagine given the hardships faced by the migrants, as depicted in the film. We also see running water and electricity affected the farm life as the Joads go to the government run camp.
The take over of corporations and big business is also addressed during the film. Those taken away the land of the farmers is usually a big business land owner. This forces many to move towards the cities, further decreasing the population of the rural workers. The only jobs left are those with large land owners who need pickers. They take advantage of the large supply of migrant labor and give low wages to the individuals. http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/The_Grapes_of_Wrath_(1940)
GENRE
Commedia dell'Arte (Italian: "comedy of the artists (or of the guilds)") is a form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 16th century, maintained its popularity through the 17th century, and is still performed today. Performances were mostly unscripted, held outside and used few props. They were funded by donations (essentially passing the hat) and anyone could view the performance free of charge. A troupe often consisted of ten performers.[1] Outside Italy the form was also known as "Italian Comedy". History

Although Commedia del'arte flourished in Italy during the Renaissance period, the roots date to the period of the Roman Empire, and descend from Greek theatre and from Etruscan festivals, which shared characteristics with the Commedia dell'arte of the later medieval period.[2] It is quite possible that this kind of improvised acting was passed down the Italian generations until the 1600s, when it was revived as a professional theatrical technique. The first records of commedia dell'arte performances come from Rome as early as 1551.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commedia_dell'arte
PART D.
What needs to be changed to fit the class?
Do characters have to be cut, added, doubled, etc?
Any inappropriate language or themes that need to be edited?
Remember, Everyone gets
STAGE TIME!
With the possible exception of the Director and the stage manager...
Please remember, all PLAYS must be appropriate for the
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”

Warren Buffett
Don't ruin what those before you created!
PART 5. Necessary Information
Where do we secure the rights? (What company?) (Hint: Samuel French/Bakers, Dramatists, Dramatic Publishing are the top companies. Be wary of all others!)
Royalty and script costs?
You may include additional material that may be useful!
You will do this project by yourself...
No partners or groups
DON'T EVEN ASK!
This is a MAJOR project!
Be sure you share
Your VISION!
YOUR EXCITEMENT
YOUR PASSION
PRESENTATIONS WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH
your director and stage manager may CHOOSE "to Act" or "not to Act"
but it is their personal choice--otherwise everyone is on stage
So get to work!
As soon you decide on a play let Mr. Adkins know!
This set doesn't include a scale or the audience!
This should be in color! My scan didn't work, but this should show your color (paint) choices! This drawing originally used creme and a white color scheme. Remember, be ready to explain and defend your choices!
Like this set design from "Lorca" http://www.birgittemoos.com/birgittemoos2.com/Lorca%20SetDesign.jpg
Include "Color" in your drawings or images!
Lighting effect from "Godspell"
http://livedesignonline.com/mag/goGodspell.jpg
a little idea of makeup for
"THE GIRL WHO WAS ASKED TO TURN BLUE"
Or a light effect
'09 Letterwinners: Chad Dawson
Tanner Gordon
Michael Gordon
Tim Koenig
Megan Leininger
Emily Madieros
Cory Markellis
Quinn Maroney
Jason Martin
Clayton McDougall
Danyelle Moore
Savannah Ohs
Tom Rader
Dylan Rodwick
Michelle Schuman
Matt Schwager
Will Tedrow
Katelyn Turner
Lindsea Vaudt
Logan Warberg
Tessa Weyrauch
'08 Letterwinners
Chad Dawson,Tim Koenig, Megan Leininger, Quinn Maroney, Zach Matteson,
Danyelle Moore, Tom Rader, Dylan Rodwick, Michelle Schuman,
Kristen Smith, Mary Snipstead, Will Tedrow, Lindsea Vaudt
This a character web from http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/54/Pride_and_Prejudice_Character_Map.png/450px-Pride_and_Prejudice_Character_Map.png
Notice the details to platform height and true to scale!
The use of the human body (usually 6ft) helps with the ratio!
This scale does not have to be in color.
A Christmas Story
All My Sons
And Then They Came For Me—Remembering the World of ANNE FRANK
Antigone
Arsenic & Old Lace
Audience
Closer Than Ever
Eleemosynary
Fruitcakes
It’s A Wonderful Life
James & The Giant Peach
My Son Susie
Our Town
Peter Pan
Porcelain & Pink
Porcelain & Pink (REVISTED)
Singin’ In The Rain
Skellig
Tape
Tell Me Another Story, Sing Me A Song
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
The Tempest
The Valiant
Yesterday’s Window
Zink: The Myth, The Legend, The Zebra
Don't let those people and those productions be compromised.
Include audience configuration and ALL platforms. Include entrances and exits. Remember to leave at least two FOUR FOOT unobstructed audience exits.
You may need to add an extra sketch not required in the assignment...Especially if you are playing with height in the play...
2007-08
Chad Dawson,Tim Koenig, Megan Leininger, Quinn Maroney, Zach Matteson,
Danyelle Moore, Tom Rader, Dylan Rodwick, Michelle Schuman,
Kristen Smith, Mary Snipstead, Will Tedrow, Lindsea Vaudt

2008-09
Chad Dawson, Tanner Gordon, Michael Gordon, Tim Koenig,Megan Leininger,Emily Madieros,
Cory Markellis,Quinn Maroney,Jason Martin, Clayton McDougall, Danyelle Moore, Savannah Ohs, Tom Rader, Dylan Rodwick, Michelle Schuman, Matt Schwager, Will Tedrow, Katelyn Turner, Lindsea Vaudt, Logan Warberg, Tessa Weyrauch

2009-10
Krista Andersen, Draylen Askvig, Samantha Barker, Reegan Bennett, Meshayla Block, Brandon Books, Tanner Byle, Dwight Camillucci, Tucker Connell, Spencer Davis, Abbey Filler, Amanda Fraiser, Juan Pablo Gevaudan, Michael Gordon, Tanner Gordon, Keckley Habel, Nate Higgins, Brian Hoffman, Joel Horn, Caroline Houser, Jr. Juitt, McKenzie Keck, Brianna Larson, Taylor Linrude, Chris Magers, Cassidy Mann, Cory Markellis, Quinn Maroney, Tanner Maroney, Jason Martin, Terri Mattson, Clayton McDougall, Danyelle Moore, Emily Moore, Melanie Noble, Aly Olson, Puumba Orr, John Patrick, Cole Pierce, Brandon Simpson, Mary Snipstead, Shane St. Onge, Kaitlyn Turner, Elliott Van Allen, Brianna Walling, Logan Warberg, Malina Workman

2009-10
Krista Andersen, Draylen Askvig, Samantha Barker, Reegan Bennett, Meshayla Block, Brandon Books, Tanner Byle, Dwight Camillucci, Tucker Connell, Spencer Davis, Abbey Filler, Amanda Fraiser, Juan Pablo Gevaudan, Michael Gordon, Tanner Gordon, Keckley Habel, Nate Higgins, Brian Hoffman, Joel Horn, Caroline Houser, Jr. Juitt, McKenzie Keck, Brianna Larson, Taylor Linrude, Chris Magers, Cassidy Mann, Cory Markellis, Quinn Maroney, Tanner Maroney, Jason Martin, Terri Mattson, Clayton McDougall, Danyelle Moore, Emily Moore, Melanie Noble, Aly Olson, Puumba Orr, John Patrick, Cole Pierce, Brandon Simpson, Mary Snipstead, Shane St. Onge, Kaitlyn Turner, Elliott Van Allen, Brianna Walling, Logan Warberg, Malina Workman

What needs to be changed to fit this class?
Full transcript