2008 summer updates

Fall'08 : playscript class --

dramlit forum?

... SUBTEXT and directing

Context and Counter-Text NEW:

... image ?

Freud : Subtext or Subconscious :

The id, or the subconscious core personality where our internal existence comes from, is defined by Webster's Dictionary as one of the three divisions of the psyche that is completely unconscious and is the source of psychic energy derived from instinctual needs and drives

The Webster's definition of ego, or the personality we create to filter our true selves into the world, is the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world. This self is the one that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality.

Finally, Webster's defines the superego as one of the three divisions of the psyche that is only partly conscious, which represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt



[ subtext ]

theatre theory and filmplus.org/plays

* On page 532, Act 3 of The Cherry Orchard, Lopakhin announces that he has bought the orchard ...


"What you leave a lot out of in the dialogue is Subtext."

"Subtext is the unspoken thoughts and motives of your characters -- what they really think and believe."

http://www.vcu.edu/arts/playwriting/nightmother.html [ sample ]

from http://www.savoyhill.co.uk/technique/subtext.html

TEXT, CONTEXT, SUBTEXT : "Subtext" means the character`s sub-conscious thoughts and feelings about the text, and is provided by the actor. We know that people don't always say what they are thinking--and what they are really thinking has a huge affect on how the lines are delivered.

"line-by-line" reading [ I use it in all my classes : drama, acting, directing ]

... new [ from my books.google.com ] : Kathakali Complex: Actor, Performance and Structure By Philip Zarrilly | Published by Abhinav Publications, 2003 ISBN 8170171873, 9788170171874 250 pages

biblio/books/references pages

Having ACTOR in mind:


samples [ monologues I, II ]