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6th Edition

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

ISBN 9780815352297
Published November 11, 2019 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, Sixth Edition teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to evaluate its potentials for performance and production.

This new edition offers a more streamlined experience for the reader and features new and revised content, such as a fully updated chapter on postmodern drama, new sections on Associative Thinking and Ambiguous Terms in the Introduction, and revised appendices featuring The Score of a Role and expanded treatments of Functional Analysis for Designers and Further Questions for Script Analysis. Explorations of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples, end-of-chapter summaries, and stimulating questions that will allow actors, directors, and designers to immediately incorporate the concepts and processes into their theatre production work.

An excellent resource for students of Acting, Script Analysis, Directing, and Playwriting courses, this book provides the tools to effectively bring a script to life on stage.

Table of Contents

1. Action Analysis  2. Foundations of the Plot: Given Circumstances  3. Foundations of the Plot: Background Story  4. Plot: External and Internal Action in the Dialogue  5. Plot: Progressions and Structure  6. Character  7. Idea  8. Dialogue  9. Tempo, Rhythm, and Mood  10. Style  11. A Case Study of Postmodern Drama: Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine  Appendix A. The Score of a Role  Appendix B. Functional Analysis for Designers  Appendix C. Further Questions for Script Analysis

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James Thomas is Professor and Director in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, Detroit. His publications include The Seagull: An Insiders’ Account of the Ground-breaking Moscow Production, A Director’s Guide to Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis, The Art of the Actor Manager: Wilson Barrett and the Victorian Theatre, and translations of The Joy of Rehearsal, The Craft of Rehearsal, and Beyond Rehearsal by Russian director Anatoly Efros. He was a contributor to Russian Theatre in Practice and his research has been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Scene. He is also founding director of Wayne State University’s Summer Study Abroad Intensive with the Moscow Art Theatre School.


Praise for the Fifth Edition


"James Thomas has written a great resource book for anyone creating theatre. The information is detailed, clear, and easily applicable to text analysis for actors, directors, and designers."

– Barbara Anger, Ithaca College


"This book has been overwhelmingly effective in meeting the goals I set for this course." 

 – Perry Crafton, West Texas A&M University