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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, 5th Edition by James Thomas

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Appendix B

Effective Analysis of the Mise-en-Scène

The special world of the play is formed by the Given Circumstances (Chapter 2) and Background Story (Chapter 3), and is revealed through the dialogue, action, and stage directions. Mise-en-scène (placing on stage) is a collective term used to describe all the design aspects of that special world (scenery, lighting, costume, sound). The purpose of effective analysis of the mise-en-scène is to study the relationship between the mise-en-scène and the overall meaning of the play with the aim of increasing the play’s theatrical expressiveness. For example, the humming top Fedotik presents to Irina as a name-day (birthday) gift in Act 1 of Chekhov’s Three Sisters is not only externally practical but ...

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