CHAPTER 19 Directing Nonrealistic Styles (Styling the Production)



All plays have a style. In contemporary theatre, Realism, or some variation of it, is thought of as the predominant style. In the same manner, theatre in Shakespeare’s time assumed all theatre followed the conventions of the day, in this case highly presentational techniques. Identifying the style of a play can be difficult. It is more important for the director to identify the stylistic elements rather than place a name on the style. The only real advantage to naming the style is that it can provide an understanding of the elements with which it is typically associated. Upon identifying the stylistic elements, the director can proceed to develop an ...

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