THEATRE

Drama Analysis Essay

To Get Started: Read the play again, paying close attention to the characters. How would you describe them according to […]

Apr 5th, 2021

THEATRE

View the live production on Youtube. Man of La Mancha – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P-urFCCz9Q CONTENT: Create a title for your critique that reflects your response, feeling, or point-of-view regarding the production. This will help focus your analysis. Introduce your paper by relating your overall impression of the play and the production (REMEMBER: there is a difference between them). Indicate the good points along with those that need improvement.  Keep an open mind and attempt to be objective and fair.   Include in your thesis paragraph(s) an evaluation of the acting.  Consider analyzing one performer that made an impact on you and why. The body of your essay will evaluate in depth the topics you introduced. REMEMBER: be constructive; don’t be hyper-critical; be honest and sincere; back up all your opinions with valid reasons. DON’T discuss the plot of the play. You can discuss how the character of Cervantes creates a play within the play and theatrically tells the story of Don Quixote. Research Miguel de Cervantes. Include a short paragraph about his activities as a theatre artist and political activist in Spain.  (Make sure and cite your reference – a bibliography is not necessary.) Your evaluation of the production aspects of the play may include commentary on the directing, set(s), lighting, music, and sound as well as any other aesthetic observations. Approach the performance and this paper with an attitude of enjoying it. Summarize any lasting impressions the play had on you after viewing the performance.

View the live production on Youtube. Man of La Mancha – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P-urFCCz9Q CONTENT: Create a title for your critique that reflects your response, feeling, or point-of-view regarding the production. This will help focus your analysis. Introduce your paper by relating your overall impression of the play and the production (REMEMBER: there is a difference between them). Indicate the good points along with those that need improvement.  Keep an open mind and attempt to be objective and fair.   Include in your thesis paragraph(s) an evaluation of the acting.  Consider analyzing one performer that made an impact on you and why. The body of your essay will evaluate in depth the topics you introduced. REMEMBER: be constructive; don’t be hyper-critical; be honest and sincere; back up all your opinions with valid reasons. DON’T discuss the plot of the play. You can discuss how the character of Cervantes creates a play within the play and theatrically tells the story of Don Quixote. Research Miguel de Cervantes. Include a short paragraph about his activities as a theatre artist and political activist in Spain.  (Make sure and cite your reference – a bibliography is not necessary.) Your evaluation of the production aspects of the play may include commentary on the directing, set(s), lighting, music, and sound as well as any other aesthetic observations. Approach the performance and this paper with an attitude of enjoying it. Summarize any lasting impressions the play had on you after viewing the performance.

Mar 27th, 2021

THEATRE

The Cost of Living

For this paper, you need to read the play Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok. You can find this play through the school bookstore, or purchase the Kindle edition (or other e-reader), or you can access the play on Scribd.com Chapter Four of your book (Appreciation of Theatre) describes how actors think about character motivations in order to develop a stage performance. For this paper, I want you to apply that to the four characters in Cost of Living. For each character, I want you to answer these questions: –What is this character’s background? (Think: class, race, gender, education level, etc.) –What is this character’s relationship with the other character[s] they interact with in this play? –What does this character want from the other character[s] they interact with in the play? –How does this character behave in order to get what they want from other characters?

Mar 27th, 2021

THEATRE

Theatrical Biography

It is to be a typewritten, double-spaced research paper, with a minimum of a six complete pages of text. Use 12 point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Use a cover/title page.The page before the bibliography should include links to video, audio, and images. Reference your paper properly. Have a minimum of 5 sources in your bibliography. Use MLA style.The title page, the links page,and the works cited page do not count toward the 6 page minimum.Section 1:Introduce the person(s) you are covering. Preview the main points you will be covering in your paper.Section 2:Provide a short biography of the person/people. Pay careful attention to the events of their lives that may have shaped their artistic sensibilities.Section 3:How does/do the person(s)fit into the time periods and cultural periods we have discussed? How is their output similar to the work of others that we covered in class? How is it different? What makes their work stand out?Section 4:You will report on how productions of their work were originally done. For composers and lyricists you will also report on how various revivals of their work have been done. Provide specific information concerning how their works mirror the culture of the time they were performed and/or of the time they were revived. Did they also help to shape culture? If so, what did they contribute?Cover these areas as appropriate: Set design, Costume design, Textual changes in revivals(rewrites or cutting), Casting (did any actors have star-making performances in the shows you are covering), Directorial approaches/style or choreography style or song styles or lyric style or book style, Audience reaction, Critical reaction VERY IMPORTANT: Standing/regard in culture/history(for individuals and for their work.)What is their legacy? Who have they inspired/influenced and how?Where do we see their influence today?Section 5:Summarize and conclude.—————————————————————————————————————–ADVICE:–Make assertions and then support them with examples. –Tell us the story of their life/lives and their achievements. Remember to include their legacy. As part of their legacy,include who they have influenced and how the influence has manifested.–Use audio/visual material for support as much as possible. Provide pictures, descriptions, links to videos or audio, etc. in order for the class to see and hear examples of what you are covering in your paper. Primarily use clips from theatre productions, unless you are specifically showing how their work has been used in other mediums. PowerPoint or Prezi may be used.The slides should primarily be images. If text is used, use onlykey words and/or short phrases.

Mar 26th, 2021

THEATRE

Topdog Play Study

So this week, we studied the playwright Suzan Lori Parks and her award winning play Topdog/UnderDog. In her play, she sets up a very tragic world of two African American brothers living in a small room in a large urban city. These two brothers are named Lincoln and Booth – named that as a joke from their parents. But the author hides many elements of symbolism in the play. I believe she is making many statements about racism in America through the strange symbols within the play. Even the names of the characters are symbolic. For your discussion topic this week, I want you to think about the concept of “inheritance” and what African American men may have “inherited” symbolically and literally in America. Ask yourself: Can a race of people inherit things from the past? Is that the reason that Parks names her characters Lincoln and Booth, for symbolic reasons? Can the cycles of racism be broken so easily? These are deep questions and symbols the writer hides within her play about two brothers. And I want you to be candid, honest, and thoughtful in your response about what you think could be symbolically hidden within this play. You may also speak about any other elements you see in the play that excite you. And why you think those elements could be important. It may help you to review the Powerpoint on TopDog. Please write for me a 10 sentence or more discussion response on these issues and questions of race in America and how Topdog may be speaking about something much deeper than just two random brothers in an apartment. How does this play address issues of race and African American men? In your discussion post, please make sure you ADDRESS the concept of the “inheritance” and what you think black men in America could have inherited from our culture. You must also use ONE QUOTE FROM THE PLAY which may help you discuss inheritance.

Mar 26th, 2021

THEATRE

Gender Race

Complete a brief (250 words) “analysis” of EACH OF THE FOLLOWING EPISODES of the film : Unnatural Causes, Episode 1, “In Sickness and in Wealth” (250words) Episode 2, “When the Bough Breaks” (250 words) Episode 5, “Place Matters” (250 words) Episode 7, “Not just a Paycheck” (250 words) Each Analyses should present/raise/highlight critical Thoughts, Observations, and Questions (TOQues) on the films as related to course themes and weekly topics. They do not have to be “formal” essays, but they should draw on and cite relevant course material. Feel free to be creative—just keep the TOQues critical and make sure there is explicit mention and connection to structural and systemic racism gender and clas

Mar 20th, 2021

THEATRE

Italian horror Gialli Topic Film Paper

I need to have a paper wirtten about any topic that pertains to the Italian horror genre, whether its through the feminist lens, the auteur theory etc

Mar 10th, 2021

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