Event Title

Going Beyond Entertainment: The Voice of the Playwright and Director in Theatre

Presenter Information

Jasmine GunterFollow

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Andrew Vorderbrugge, Janet Gray, M.F.A.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Music Theatre & Dance

Location

West Center, Room 219

Start Date

22-4-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 3:45 PM

Description

Many people think of theatre as a creative form of entertainment used to amuse the audience. However, theatre goes beyond entertainment. It has the power to spark discussions and bring about change or revolt. It is an art form with a mission, and that mission is to communicate. Theatre can be amusing and heart-warming, and the audience can go to bed at night knowing that the characters of that world will be happy, safe, and content. At other times, theatre can be devastating, raw, ambiguous and haunting leaving the audience with unsatisfied endings that will leave one awake all night long. Despite the differences, there is something that is universal in every play: the message. The playwright has a clear message that they want to communicate to the audience, and it is the director’s responsibility to interpret that message and bring the story to life with the help of their actors. This presentation will include a small performance from the play Good Boys and True by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, in hopes of demonstrating how a playwright’s words are brought to life and what creative acting choices are made to effectively communicate the story to the audience.

Previously Presented/Performed?

Good Boys and True, Department of Theatre and Dance, Johnson Studio Theatre, Winthrop University

Course Assignment

Indepentdent Study, THRA 392, Andrew Vorderbrugge

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Apr 22nd, 3:30 PM Apr 22nd, 3:45 PM

Going Beyond Entertainment: The Voice of the Playwright and Director in Theatre

West Center, Room 219

Many people think of theatre as a creative form of entertainment used to amuse the audience. However, theatre goes beyond entertainment. It has the power to spark discussions and bring about change or revolt. It is an art form with a mission, and that mission is to communicate. Theatre can be amusing and heart-warming, and the audience can go to bed at night knowing that the characters of that world will be happy, safe, and content. At other times, theatre can be devastating, raw, ambiguous and haunting leaving the audience with unsatisfied endings that will leave one awake all night long. Despite the differences, there is something that is universal in every play: the message. The playwright has a clear message that they want to communicate to the audience, and it is the director’s responsibility to interpret that message and bring the story to life with the help of their actors. This presentation will include a small performance from the play Good Boys and True by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, in hopes of demonstrating how a playwright’s words are brought to life and what creative acting choices are made to effectively communicate the story to the audience.