2008 -- PoMO : comedy = tragedy

GENRE (page) in dramatic literature

Why is it so important?

"Director's Take" [Interpretation)

Mixing genres (PoMo)



(establishing rules of the game)

... hamlet1.1 [ class/homework ]

floor plans [ forms ]


Directing StageMatrix *
2009 : Director's Mind [ Total Director ] -- regisseur : Story, Hero, Idea

"Stage Grammar" TOPICS: drama + comedy + postmodern + time + space + past + present + future +
"Stage Grammar"
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More and more I use film terminology in BM class; simple as CU and MS frame -- or more complex, like line of action, axis of tention.
Index * Method Acting * Script Analysis * SHOWS * stageMATRIX * appendix * Film Directing * I * II * III * IV * Classes *

Genre -- Comedy

Page to return in every unit, especially, last one -- The Whole Picture!

read -- script.vtheatre.net

2005: Farces by Chekhov

A genre is a division of a particular form of art according to criteria particular to that form. In all art forms, genres are vague categories with no fixed boundaries. Genres are formed by sets of conventions, and many works cross into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions. The scope of the word "genre" is usually confined to art and culture. In genre studies the concept of genre is often compared to originality. [wikipedia]

Aristotle speaks only about tragedy and comedy in dramatic poetry; so, we start with the comedy idea.

12th Night: 1-5-2 (opens new window for analysis)

Shakespeare (last part in your textbook + comedy, in our case; we will get to Hamlet later): how do we direct it?

Mikado: you have three sample scene in a shows directory: Act II, Finale and Scene

Go to WWWilde directory for scene from The Importance of Being Earnest. And Gogol for Inspector General.

What is DRAMA?

Hero & Conflict:
Tragic Character = above average (Man vs. gods, metaphysical) Situation
Comic = below (men vs. men, social)

Exposition (genre must be established)

[The word is used with various degrees of precision. Some, for instance, classify the novel as a genre, and consider the kinds of novels (Bildungsroman, picaresque, Gothic, and so on) "sub-genres." Others consider these specific kinds of novels genres, and consider the term novel a kind of catch-all. The adjective is generic.]

Directing 5. Genre Pages: Tragedy * Comedy * Drama * Tragic Comedy *

A French word literally meaning "kind". This is a type or style of art. Could be film, literature, painting, or music. [everything2.com search ]

* March 2006 -- 100 years since Sam Beckett's birth *

[ if you want real analysis of "genre concept," read Bakhtin ]

An Introduction to Genre Theory Daniel Chandler

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