O'Reilly logo

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, 4th Edition by James Thomas

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Introduction

The main task of an actor, director, or designer is to get excited about the play, and play analysis is a means of organizing the process of searching for this excitement. (Semyon Bulba, Faculty of Scenography, Moscow Art Theatre School)

What Is Formalist Play Analysis?

Although some readers may often have heard the term formal, they may not have a firm idea of what it means. This is understandable because it has taken on various meanings over time. Formal may be associated with the practice of doing something for appearance’s sake as in a formal wedding. Or it may convey a feeling of primness and stiffness. Maybe readers harbor an unconscious feeling that formal means fixed, authoritarian, and inflexible. All these meanings have ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required