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1 Why the Director?
2 What Is a Play? Analysis and Improvisation
PART I • Taking a Play Apart
PLAY-ANALYSIS: THE DIRECTOR’S PRIMARY STUDY
3 The Foundation and Façade of the Playscript: Given Circumstances and Dialogue
4 The Core of the Playscript: Dramatic Action and Characters
5 Idea and Rhythm-Mood Beats
6 The Director’s Preparation
PART II • Communication
THE DIRECTOR-ACTOR RELATIONSHIP AND STAGE BLOCKING
7 Directing Is Working with Actors—1
8 Learning to See: The Games of Visual Perception
9 Helping Actors Communicate through Groundplans
10 Composition: Helping Actors Discover and Project Basic Relationships
11 Helping Each Actor Intensify: Gesture and Improvisation with Properties