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Play Analysis 10 (main) Points

1. First impressions: notes of reactions to play on initial reading, including images, colors (be personal).

2. Research: Summarize the most important insights you have gained from your research into your play. Discuss specifically how your research findings will influence your interpretation and/or production of the play. List sources consulted (in bibliographic form).

3. One-sentence statement of action (root action/significant action).

4. Structural Analysis: identify and briefly discuss inciting incident, each major complication (in order), major crisis (turning point), major structural climax, major emotional climax, resolution. Give enough detail in your analysis so that the reader can identify the point in the play that you are talking about and why you consider this the inciting incident, etc. For complications, note the effect of the complication on the action.

5. Brief discussion of theme. State theme clearly and support your choice of theme with evidence from the play.

6. Brief discussion of style of the play. What choices are you making about style for your production? Why?

7. Spine of the play--identify and discuss briefly.

8. Character Analysis--Biography, History (see act.vtheatre.net).

9. Motivational Units: Break your scene into motivational units and number/name the units. Present this portion of the analysis in promptbook format, with starting and ending points of each unit marked; unit analysis should be on page facing page of text.

10. Discuss any particular directorial problems posed by the play and the scene.

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Practical Points to Keep in Mind While Working with a Script
* Discovering structure in a script is discovering how each part fits with another into the whole and how each part serves some functional motive.
* Be wary of the "bright idea" analysis approach, reducing the play to one idea or metaphor instead of allowing it to be a complex, fragmented suggestion to the audience.
* Always keep conflict in mind - conflict is what is basic - drama is the process of resolving conflict and dramatic action is the play resolving itself.
* The important perception in dramatic analysis is seeing the conflict inherent in the play.
* Conflict creates characters, they grow out of the conflicts within the play. The desires, the wants, of the characters produce the spines of the characters.
* All elements in a dramatic production should exist to make the conflict visible in time and space.

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