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How to Read A Play
Transcript of How to Read A Play
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
How to Read A Play
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.
in 8 Minutes!
Terms of Analysis for Playwriting
Point of Attack
Resolution or Denouement
Climactic or Causal
Two Basic Kinds of Structure
How would you categorize the following?
Law & Order
How to Read a Play???
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...
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!