Week 4 Assignment: Essay – Play Analysis

Plays are meant to be performed, rather than read. The purpose of dramatic arts often extends far beyond the words written on a page; staging, lighting, costumes intonation, expression, and audience experience are all part of the experience of a theatrical production. To develop your understanding of the cultural role of the dramatic arts, you will view a production of a play this week and write a reflection to explain your viewing experience. Choose a play that you would like to view and find a version online, YouTube, DVD or iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc. You can also choose to see a play live if you prefer.

Play Suggestions:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Romeo and Juliet

As You Like It

Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Much Ado About Nothing

The Comedy of Errors


King Lear

If you have another idea, please ask your instructor to approve it.
Then, select and address 
one of the following options:

Option 1: Write an analysis of the play that you viewed. Include at least one quote from the play in your essay. In your essay, address the following:

· Identify the performance that you have selected.
· Describe the staging, lighting, costumes, and characters of the performance. How do these match or revise the written version of the play? You do not need to read the entire play, but you should skim the text.
· What type of mood and tone does the performance create? How?
· What parts of the play are easier to understand through performance? What are some details that stood out through performance?
· What are your feelings about this performance? What did you take away from viewing it?

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

· Textbook: Chapter 8
· Play from the Internet, YouTube, DVD, iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc.
· 1 primary source (written version of selected play)

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