Design Project Part 1: Analysis
What you will do:
1. Refer to the Designer Checklists on p. 41 & 42 in THE MAGIC GARMENT. Here are included a number of questions intended to get you thinking about the script as a whole and the characters individually.
2. Using the checklists as a guide (and following any tangents that may arise) explore your assigned script. You may employ analysis tactics learned in other coursework (ie. Theater Lit, Acting, Text and Context etc.) to also guide your exploration. Do not feel limited by the questions in your book. Focus on the text of your script as well as the context during which it was written.
3. You are writing two distinct analysis sections.
First, look the whole script as a theatrical piece of literature. Identify the MOOD/TONE, THEMES, and important MESSAGES contained between the lines of dialogue. Look for reoccuring images, symbolisim, and anything else that gets to the point of the work. Why is it relevent? What should the audience leave the theatre feeling and thinking? Consider the text as a whole.
Second, focus on two major characters. Look at their journey through the text and find clues to who they are. Devote AT LEAST one page to each character. Try to describe them as if they were your best friend. What makes them tick? What are their motivations and intentions in the context of the work? What is their journey?
What you will turn in:
1. Your paper should be in ESSAY format. Paragraphs should fully explore an idea without being overly redundent. All papers need to be typed using 12pt font, 1″ margins and be double spaced. This is a formal paper and should reflect the attributes of good writing (**HINT….use those spell checkers and do not use contractions). Points will be deducted for spelling and lack of formality in your writing.
2. There is no minimum or maximum length for this paper. However, I firmly believe that it is nearly impossibe to do this work in less than 5 double spaced pages.