UCI Comparing and Contrasting

1) Pick and read a Play by ONE of the following playwrights:

Rebecca Gilman , Sarah Ruhl, Neil LaBute

Luis Valdez, Maria Irene Fornes, Tracy Letts

Julia Cho, Naomi IIzuka, David Henry Hwang

Arthur Miller, Yasmina Reza, Caryl Churchill, Lorraine Hansberry

Suzanne Lori Parks, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Tony Kushner

Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Donald Margulies, Tennessee Williams

Paula Vogel, August Wilson, John Patrick Shanley

David Lindsay-Abaire, Nilo Cruz, Lynn Nottage

Ayad Akhtar, Jon Robin Baitz

2) Write a 6-8 page (1.5 spaces) report that includes:

  1. a) Brief Plot Summary (no more than 1 page)
  2. b) Short analysis of conflict as described in class (no more than ¾ page) (Conflict of needs: want different things from each other, conflict of self: doesn’t know what to do about themselves, conflict of nature: character up against forces of nature, conflict of society: want add odds with expectation of society, conflict of great powers: conflict with spiritual forces)
  3. c) Who is/are the main protagonist(s) in your production? What is their quest? What is their obstacle to their quest? (no more than ½ page)
  4. d) A director’s concept for a production you might direct of it. What questions are you asking in the production? What role would the audience be? How would you express the concept in the staging? How will you create Transitions? (min ¾ page)
  5. e) Your ideal cast of the 4 main characters and why
  6. f) Several Design Ideas for 3 of the following: Sets, Lights, Costumes, Sound, Music. (Be specific. Provide photos, samples or examples. This is the most important part of the paper.)

3) Pick and read a second play by the same author, read it, and write no more than one page how similarities or connections between the two plays will influence your directing and/or design choices for your first play.

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