play response

STEP 2: Watch the your selected recorded performance.
Read the assigned Production Review and Production Information on the Digital Theatre host page.
View the entire/whole recording of the performance.
You may watch the performance recording additional times if needed.
Make notes as you watch the recorded performance.
Make notes from the Production Review.
Make notes of character names, relationships and plot elements.
Make notes of special moments.

After you have completed the first watch of the play, you will need to review the performance additional times to obtain the SCREEN SHOTS needed for verification. To verify watching the play, you must provide four screen shots of the play on your computer. Do not take photos with your phone! See instructions below. Upload to FINAL PERFORMANCE RESPONSE DROPBOX:

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One screen shot during the exposition
One screen shot during the rising action
One screen shot during the climax
One screen shot during the falling action

Click here for Instructions: How to Take Screenshots and Upload

Step 3: Writing Your Response

How to Address the Topic Questions:

Describe how were the elements realized in the performance. Describe the performance in detail. It is important to refrain from being general. A theatre performance is ephemeral so what you experienced happened once while you were watching and listening. Interpret every detail, then analyze the detail with your interpretation and evaluate the effectiveness of the detail within the context of the world presented in the performance
Respond carefully about your experience and viewpoint of the “live” performance by thoroughly developing your essays with in-depth thought and supporting evidence, details and/or examples from the performance. Use specific moments in the play as support & evidence.
Refer to the notes you took while watching the performance.
Refer to the information on the host web page for for specific production information – cast, director, designers. Some of the information may be in the beginning credits.
Illustrate your knowledge and understanding of terminology (ACT I , ACT II , ACT III, ACT V, ACT VII), theory and concepts covered in the course. To facilitate your full understanding, review all assigned readings, videos, and terms : ACT I through VIII.
Illustrate your knowledge of theatre: Make note of what you want to say in layperson language about the play/performance. Then rephrase your thoughts using terminology that you have studied so far. Also, craft your ideas using the conceptual viewpoints we have covered in this course.
Do not retell the story or summarize the plot.
Provide specific examples of moments from the performance to support your thoughts.

How to Format Your Essay

Write four separate essays – one essay on each of the following topics: Dramatic Structure, Theme & Meaning, Design and Acting.
Each essay must be saved as a separate document and uploaded to Dropbox.
Answer the main topic question and answer all sub-questions for the topic. Use these to frame your complete response on each topical area.
Each TOPIC (Dramatic Structure, Theme & Meaning, Design, and Acting) must be answered in a separate essay response.Do not combine your essay responses!
Each Essay must be AT LEAST 200-WORDS for each question, minimum to achieve a “C” grade in essay length. Note: Length of essay responses must go well beyond the 200-word minimum to get more credit. It is in your best interest to write more (express your knowledge and understanding of the material).
Your essays MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS. All student work (written or produced) WILL BE CHECKED FOR PLAGIARISM. ALL WORK must be your own work. Written work containing wording (sentences or phrases) from another source without citations will be identified as an act of plagiarism and will be subject to faculty referral and disciplinary sanction as explained in ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT.
Quotes from the play and/or class material sources will not be counted in the overall word count of your Performance Response.
Cover pages, headers, page numbers and References or Works Cited will not be counted in the overall word count of your Performance Response.
DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES. Use only class material sources.
If you have citations, you must include a reference page “Works Cited”.
For citing and referencing class sources, see WRITING GUIDE.
Use this format: 12 pt. font Times New Roman or Calibri, Double-spaced, 1″ margins
Additional points will be deducted for misspellings, lack of punctuation, using improper case use and texting acronyms, and lack of clarity in your response.
Follow essay topic instructions about term use and number of terms needed.
PROOF YOUR WORK: Spelling, punctuation, proper case, grammar. Additional points will be deducted for these errors.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSE GRADING RUBRIC

ESSAY TOPIC QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Describe the DRAMATIC STRUCTURE of this play using the recorded performance of this play. ACT III: CUES & CONCEPTS

What is the GENRE of this play? Explain using specific information from the play. ACT III: READING 2. “Genre” pp. 153-168.
Describe the EXPOSITION. How does takes place – scenes, dialogue, narration, etc. Which characters are involved. (Screenshot required from this scene.)
Describe the RISING ACTION. Identify the scene(s) and describe the interaction of the characters. (Screenshot required from this scene.)
Describe the CLIMAX. What happens? Which characters are present. Why is this the climax? What elements are present that brings on this culminating high point? (Screenshot required from this scene.)
Describe the FALLING ACTION. What leads to the resolution? What characters are involved? (Screenshot required from this scene.)
HOW TO: SCREENSHOT
QUESTION 2. Theme & Meaning: What is the theme of this play (main idea)?)
How does the theme and meaning of the play relate to and express current culture and values of society?
Identify this form of drama (for example: comedy, tragedy, Shakespeare, musical, storytelling?)
Explain how these characters in the play and the form of drama is relevant to American Culture today.

In this essay, you will fully illustrate the definition of terms used by applying the term and identifying examples from the performance within the context of your essay. UNDERLINE all terms used. You must use: AT LEAST FOUR TERMS from TERMS: ACT III (The Play).

QUESTION 3. Design: Overall, were the elements of the play unified and seem to fit together seamlessly?
How was this reflected in the visual elements (the scenery, props, costumes, lighting, etc.)?
Select ONLY ONE of the following design areas (either scenic, lighting, or costumes).

A. SCENERY – Describe style of scenery – realistic(real house/space) or non-realistic (abstract forms on bare stage)?

Scenery Sub-questions:

Was the setting a specific place, or was it recognizable or a real locale?
Did this choice seem appropriate for the play?
Discuss the effectiveness of the set (scenery or pieces of scenery which stand independently in a scene) and the props (properties; objects that are used by performers onstage or are necessary to complete a set – usually props will be carried and used by an actor onstage.)
What sort of atmosphere did the set suggest?
How was this atmosphere created?
How was color used in the set?
Did it suggest mood or place?

In this essay, you will fully illustrate the definition of terms used by applying the term and identifying examples from the performance within the context of your essay. UNDERLINE all terms used. You must use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage”.

B. COSTUMES – Were the characters’ costumes appropriate for the style (realistic or non-realistic) of the play?

Costume Sub-questions:
How did the costumes help you identify a character’s personality, social status, occupation, etc.?
Did the costume help establish who these characters were?
How was color used?
Did the costumes support the actor’s work (i.e. movement, walk, posture, etc.) ?

In this essay, you will fully illustrate the definition of terms used by applying the term and identifying examples from the performance within the context of your essay. UNDERLINE all terms used. You must use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage”

C. LIGHTING – Describe the mood of the lighting.

Lighting Sub-questions:
How was color and intensity (how bright or how dim the lights are set) used to affect mood?
What other characteristics of light were used to affect mood?
Was the lighting appropriate for the style (realistic or non-realistic) of the piece?
Was it appropriate for each scene? Why or why not?

In this essay, you will fully illustrate the definition of terms used by applying the term and identifying examples from the performance within the context of your essay. UNDERLINE all terms used. You must use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage”

QUESTION 4: Acting: Were the performers believable, given the requirements of the play?

Sub-questions:

If so, how did they seem to accomplish this? If not, what occurred to impair or destroy believe-ability? (As you discuss this, be sure to separate the performer from the characters. For example, you can dislike a character but admire the performance.)
Did the technical abilities of the performers support their work? [i.e. vocal traits like loudness and articulation; physical traits like appropriate movement and natural gesturing: believe-ability of specific actions (as opposed to general) and relationship to other characters] How so or how not?
Compare and contrast more than one character
In this essay, you will fully illustrate the definition of terms used by applying the term and identifying examples from the performance within the context of your essay. UNDERLINE all terms used. You must use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT V: TERMS “On Stage” The Performers.
PROOF your Response carefully before submitting. ALSO, review above instructions carefully to make sure you have included all of the required information.

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