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4/15/2009

Trends in Directing

Modern View Playwright

Postmodern View Performance

Script Intention

Interpretation

Director

Director

Script Intention

Performance Intention

Playwright

What do YOU think?

  • 1.

    Are directors justified in reshaping a script to suit their own vision even if it distorts the playwright’s intentions? Why or why not?

  • 2.

    What are the implications of demanding that directors adhere to playwrights’ notions about how their work should be staged?

3. Which model of the Playwright/Director relationship do you prefer: Modern or Postmodern? Why?

Cultural Diversity

Some groups have rebelled against marginalization

Other groups have questioned the desirability of absorption into the “melting pot” if their own cultures, traditions, and esthetic sensibilities cannot be maintained

Argument that acknowledging, accepting, and valuing difference is preferable to trying to achieve homogenization

Cultural Diversity

Increased diversity in American theatre since 1960s

Concept of “melting pot” does not acknowledge that many groups have been denied full absorption into the mainstream due to skin color or ethnicity

Other groups (including women, gays, lesbians, the economically deprived, the physically disadvantaged) have been denied equity for other reasons

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