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How to Read A Play

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Transcript of How to Read A Play

What did Aristotle have to say?

The Poetics:
Plot
Character
Idea
Language
Music
Spectacle
Start at the Beginning!
First Ask Yourself:
What's the play's title?
Who are the cast of characters?
What does the set look like? (I suggest drawing yourself a picture)
What's the mood of the play?
Kinds of Characters
Protagonist
Confidant
Antagonist
Raisonneur
Foil
How to Read A Play
Other tips:
1. Read it in one sitting if possible
2. note any unfamiliar words or references
3. VISUALIZE the Stage directions! (Don't skip them!)
4. Gather information from the dialogue
(How do characters treat each other? What do they say to each other?)
5. In a play, dialogue IS action.
The Poetics
in 8 Minutes!
Terms of Analysis for Playwriting
Exposition
Point of Attack
Rising Action
Action
Discovery
Reversal
Complication
Crisis
Resolution or Denouement
Climactic or Causal
Two Basic Kinds of Structure
Episodic-
(More Cumulative)
How would you categorize the following?
Oedipus Rex
Othello
Law & Order
Modern Family
How to Read a Play???
Aristotelian Terms
Katharsis (catharsis)
Aristotle thought the "end" of theatre was katharsis. What the heck is katharsis?
He also believed a tragic hero was afflicted with hamartia. Sounds like a sneeze...
hamartia
Plays are "incomplete"
They are a road map of character and action that the director, actors, and designers will shape into their vision
Most plays can be interpreted visually in an infinite number of ways
Therefore, when reading a play, you must be visualizing what it could look like simultaneously.
all of these make up the plot!
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