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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, 3rd Edition by James Thomas

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CHAPTER 5

Plot: Progressions and Structure

There is a progressive growth in a play that is designed to achieve maximum dramatic effect. Actors, directors, and designers concerned with craftsmanship should learn to understand and illustrate this process. For if all the events give the impression of being equally important or their relationship to each other or to the whole play is ignored, the result will be misreading and artistic disorder. The resulting performance will be banal. A production that is “flat,” that is, lacking in emotional dynamics, is a sign that too little attention has been given to this issue.

PROGRESSIONS

Plays are written to create the impression that things are moving, that they are getting somewhere. By this we don’t always ...

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