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Fall 2002 THR215 Dramatic Literature: Bedford Compact Intro to Drama
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2003 (new) THR413 Playscript Analysis LESSONS (24):
Part 1. Craft
Part 2. Art
Part 3. Theory
Part 4. Writing
addresses (sample): script.vtheatre.net/413/1/1.html -- part I, lesson 1 [and so on]
[ not updated, 2007 ]
* Fall 2003 THR413 (see new script.vtheatre.net/413 subdirectory)
Three Parts: Craft, Art, Theory
Drama Analysis for Theatre Majors
[ I will try to move most of the Craft Pages (composition, exposition and etc.) to script.vtheatre.net/213 ]
First, read vtheatre.net/200 -- core aesthetics!
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ShowCases -- selected playwrights!
[ * Additional critiques of outside theatrical productions may be submitted for extra credit ]
[ other "students" pages in acting, directing ]
Focus on what you are thinking, feeling, and responding to as you read, rather than on a polished style. This is writing you do for yourself, so it can be informal.
To practice analysis and move beyond description, direct part of your response to issues of context, purpose, or language, all of which can help you assign meanings to a text.
Ask yourself critical questions about the traditionally significant parts of a text, such as introductions and conclusions. What kinds of expectations does the introduction raise, for example? Is the author’s purpose (or purposes) clear? How does the conclusion contribute to the overall meaning of the text?
Keep in mind questions that will help you link what you are reading to past or prior knowledge, questions that will help you check for both involvement with and critical distance from the text, such as “What associations can I make to past experience?” and “In what ways does the text help me to restructure past experience or rethink an issue?”
Try to make some connections between the reading you have been assigned and the course of study you are taking. How does a specific reading relate to the theory or concepts of the course as a whole?
Rehner, Jan. Practical Strategies for Critical Thinking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. p.48-49
@1998-2001 script * Fall 2002 THR215 Dramatic Literature: subscribe to DramLit Forum *
By Sarah VaillancourtCharacters College Girl- 18yrs old,pregnant for the 1st time College Boy- 21yrs old, impregnator of College Girl Single Mother- late 30’s, pregnant again Radio Announcer- flashy, all smiles News Reporter 3 Radio Commercial singers Dead BabiesDecisions
College Dorm Room. College Girl and College Boy are sitting on the bed. There are many pregnancy tests on the desk next to the bed.
College Boy: Are you sure?
College Girl: sighs Yes.
College Boy: Are you going to get an…
College Girl: …no
College Boy: why not?
College Girl: it’s against my beliefs. I just won’t go home for winter break. And we can put it up for adoption before I go home for the summer.
College Boy: good.
The sound of multiple children crying and screaming is heard. We see Single Mother sitting at a kitchen table with pregnancy test in front of her.
Single Mother: Shit. Not again. Crying gets louder. Mommy’s coming! She picks up the pregnancy test throws it in the trash, and scurries out of the room.
Nine Months Later we see College Girl in the same position this time she is holding an infant and College Boy is gone. One the other side Single Mother is sitting in the same place this time holding an infant. The radio is playing.
Suddenly the Radio Announcer pops out of a large dumpster from up center. The Radio Announcer is very dapper looking. After he is out of the dumpster the 3 Radio Commercial Singers pop out of the dumpster. They are dressed in evening gowns.
3 Radio Commercial Singers: (to the tune of Smile from Annie) D-UM-P your baby… do do do do do- do do do do do- do do do do do do do
Radio Announcer:Hey Ladies there Life isn’t fair But now you can smile Cause mothers you’ll never be depressed Give us your child God doesn’t care (to College Girl) I wouldn’t dare- Keep another child (to Single Mother) But mothers you’ll never be depressed Give us your child
Singing turns into a muffled tune and we see the College Girl place the baby on the bed she then goes to the closet gets a towel wraps the baby in the towel. She then walks outside to the dumpster and hands the baby to one of the Radio Commercial Singers who violently drops the baby. We then see the Single Mother go to a drawer in the kitchen and pull out a clear trash bag. She then places goes for a walk and places the baby in the dumpster.
News Reporter stands in front in “baby dumpster” there is a line leading off stage of women holding infants.
News Reporter: You may have heard about the latest trend of baby dumping, but I’m here on the scene to tell you it’s true. Women around the nation are disposing their unwanted infants in dumpsters. We have been assured by the new dumpster corporation “Baby Dumpsters Inc.” that these receptacles are for infants only. No need to worry about disposing your child in a messy food-trash –liquor filled dumpster. You can now dispose your baby safely! And if you dump your unwanted child this week you get a years salary since that’s what you would have lost if you kept your child!!!
Everything is O.K
All we see is the dumpster suddenly we see a few of the Dead Babies.Dead Babies: to the tune of Tomorrow from Annie If I’m stuck with a day that’s gray or lonely I just stick out my chin and grin and say… I got in the way, I’m sorry You made the right decision don’t you worry I’ll be fine In the dumpster, the dumpster The new Baby Dumpster It’s only a block away In the dumpster, the dumpster The new Baby Dumpster It’s only a block a……way.End Scene
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