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TIMING IS EVERYTHING

A dramaturg and director are talking after rehearsal at the beginning of run-throughs at the end of the fourth week of a six-week rehearsal period. The actors are off book, the blocking is solid and the character relationships are firmly established on stage. The dramaturg has questions about the tempo of the piece and has found commentary from the playwright about the rhythmic influences that the dramaturg feels are important aspects to include to get the feel the writer is going for; also, the rhythm of the language is important to the structure of the narrative. The dramaturg has well-formed questions and valuable material to share – that she found and formulated three weeks previously. However, she knows that ...

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