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Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and…

Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style (5th Edition)

by Francis Hodge

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A refreshing introduction to play directing. Why refreshing? Because so many directors have come to believe they are some sort of artistic god, and free to muck with the play as much as they like, doing their level best to remove the playwright's voice from their play. This author does not take this view, and continually reminds the director that they are a coordinator that is interpreting the playwright's words, not rewriting them. Also, the exercises and projects provide a useful hands-on approach to directing. The book is written lucidly, without a lot of jargon, making it accessible to the beginning student of directing. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Mar 26, 2016 |
Amazon: Most of the insights in the book apply to both plays and recorded performing arts though Hodge fully defines what makes play production different from the recorded mediums. The author is truly brilliant in his inclusiveness and insights into story telling using human performance. The book is not boring to those of us who love the detail that gives a deep understanding of how things work. While most books I've read about directing are only the author's limited viewpoint of that which they've experienced while directing, Hodge departs from this easy approach by producing a complete directorial viewpoint that gives the student of directing the broad tools necessary to handle the complex activity of play directing as a professional. ( )
  mmckay | May 16, 2006 |
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Play Directing is about the leader of an artistic enterprise--the play director in today's theatre. The book describes the various roles a director plays, from calling the plays to orchestrating and blending a symphony of actors and elements. The author emphasizes that the role of the director is not as a dictator, but as a leader of multiple craftsmen who look to the director for ideas that will give impetus to their fullest, most creative expressions. This book emphasizes that directing is not a finite and specific system of production, but rather is a venue for providing an intensive look at the structure of plays, of acting and actor-ownership, and of all the other crafts that together make a produced play. Readers are guided through the whole process of working on a play from style to analysis, including its relationship to moving pictures and television. They are encouraged to use this foundation as a basis from which to set their own goals as creative and dedicated leaders. For anyone interested in Play Direction or Theatre Study.

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