The Director and the Stage Machine

Symbolization and Synthesis




This chapter is mostly about theatre aesthetics, the shared assumptions or agreed upon conventions behind all the practical work done in the theatre. We have become so accustomed in our era of science and technology to seeing things around us in only external ways—that is, in terms of what is useful or functional—that we find it very difficult to recapture the other kind of seeing we knew as children but somehow lost when subjected to the controls and conformities of adult life. Yet, this must be done if we are to discover what art is all about. Wordsworth’s “The child is father of the man” has very special meaning from an artistic point of view, because it epitomizes the ...

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