T&F 1T03 week 2:
The Elements of Theatrical Production 01/15/2014
Observation, description, analysis
Describe – nouns, adjectives – what specific things do I see?
Associate –what associations do they raise? Let your imagination roam
Select meanings – relating these observations to each other and to the work as a whole, which
ones are important? This stage is about trying to detect the logic or protocol behind the
Synthesize to create argument - …
• Acting style
• Line & shape
⇒ Vertical, horizontal, curved, straight, geometric, ect.
• Texture & pattern ⇒ Smooth, rough, etc.
⇒ What does the pattern reflect?
⇒ Symmetrical, asymmetrical?
⇒ Is one side heavier than the other?
⇒ Dark, light, etc.
Functions of Sets
• Establish interpretive frame through which the action should be read
• Define location(s)
⇒ Utility – how the space is used
⇒ Class – social class
⇒ Genre – is the space male/female
• Create possible patterns of movement
⇒ Significant blocking
Create mood(s) Costume
Line & cut
Functions of Costume
Position actors/characters in relation to audience/each other
Establish period, location
Clarify the social expectations of the fictional world
Establish relationship of characters to fictional environment
character (patterns, texture)
Relative brightness Movement
Duration of changes
Movement of onstage lightness
Or lack of
Functions of Lighting