• April 25th, 2016

Design a short play

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Write a 4 page paper along the lines of a script; directions for assignment are on upload

 

Drama Research Essay ~4 pages: Designing the Short Play (Final essay due May 5 in class) Your final group project is the writing and performance of a ten minute play. Your final research project will go hand-in-hand with this group project. You will write an essay that results from your research into the design of the short-play genre (edit your own first draft and attach to essay, but you do not have to pass it in to me; see me in office for help if needed). Therefore your essay will cover two broad areas: (1) Research the challenges, methods, and goals of short plays and present your ideas. Think of this part as if you were writing a “how-to manual” for students of the short play. At a minimum, you should be talking in detail about at least 2 of the following areas: (a) Plot design: conflict, structure, time: What is the problem being posed by the play, which the characters are exploring, working out, or solving? To what extent can a ten-minute play involve the traditional plot features of longer plays? (b) Dialogue: In a play that is minimalist in design, how will the dialogue be written to be both appropriate for the characters and the plot but also expository enough so that the dialogue supplies all information needed that, in a story or novel, would be supplied by descriptive sentences and paragraphs? In a ten-minute play, which will necessarily involve more internal psychological action than external physical action, how will the dialogue create a sense of beginning, middle, and resolution of the play’s central conflict? (c) Stage direction: In a ten-minute play, which will necessarily involve more internal psychological action than external physical action, how will the actor movements (interaction with set and props) create a sense of beginning, middle, and resolution of the play’s central conflict? (d) Set and costume/prop design (in a one-act play, low-budget how will the physical setting be designed and used to be the necessary adjunct to acting and dialogue in the creation of exposition and mood?). (2) Apply your findings to the play your group is designing. Apply the ideas you developed in Part 1 to the design of your group play. If the group has not fully designed the play yet, no problem: let your own hopes and ideas for the play – even if your group does not use them – make you imagine how this particular play could use your ideas from Part 1. Research Sources: Use at least 3 good sources and document with MLA method General books on scripting and designing stage performance: You can find general books about drama method in many places, although not all of these will talk about short plays. However, design of plot and characters and dialogue in any kind of play may be useful. Use various search terms to explore the best set of sources: drama, play, short play, short drama, short genres, short performances, ten-minute plays, state design, dialogue in dramas, scripting dialogue, plot conflict in drama, state design, set design, prop design, costume design, and etc. Specific sources on creating short plays exist (I found one simple text and posted it on BlackBoard for you last week). These are you best bets. Comparisons: Your essays could make use of illustrations (look up this method in your English 101 manual) to make your Part 1 ideas concrete. Read some short plays, or even bring in certain specific segments of the plays we are reading in class to illustrate fruitful dialogue, character traits, and plot features that could be exported into a short play

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