Trends in Directing
Modern View Playwright
Postmodern View Performance
What do YOU think?
Are directors justified in reshaping a script to suit their own vision even if it distorts the playwright’s intentions? Why or why not?
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?
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
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