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The Properties Director’s Handbook by Sandra Strawn

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Chapter 6

The Rehearsal and Production Process

Properties production is the one area in technical production relying most highly on getting information directly from the day-to-day rehearsal process. During rehearsal, hand props not mentioned in the script get added, furniture is used in a specific way impacting how it should be built or reinforced, a prop gets thrown and broken each night as part of the new staging making it a consumable item or an actor is allergic to wool and needs a cotton blanket for the bed covering. This information cannot come from the designer, the script, or research. It is directly learned from the rehearsal process itself specific to this group of actors and this director. Information flow is critical as the play ...

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