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What is direct appropriation stage?
it means to make sure it is relevant to the child's age and ability for example not giving a 5 year old a 3 year old toy
usually in bold or italics
To reiterate Issacharoff's premise: both scripts and novels consist of two components: dialogue and didascaliae. Since we have a tendency to read scripts like novels, those wh…o ignore the didascaliae are essentially removing the narrative from dramatic texts completely. "Given the semiotic richness of a dramatic text, it is curious that so many critics of drama privilege the dialogue of a playscript, even to the point of erasing the stage instructions" (Des Roches 49). Inversely, how would a novel read with no dialogue? Dialogue isn't necessary; fiction can be written solely as narrative. We recognize that many novels absolutely require dialogue to reveal the nuances and rhythm of human discourse or differences in local inflection or dialect. Just as dialogue can be an essential feature of a novel, didascaliae can be an essential feature of the dramatic text. A stage direction is the author's description of some aspect of that play. Ignoring the stage directions of a play is tantamount to skipping over all the quoted bits in a novel. While directors tend to agree on the importance of maintaining the dialogue as written, they often consider the stage directions to be suggestions rather than requirements. Some critics and theorists believe that the didascaliae are mostly irrelevant, useful only as an expedient until the director comes along to give the script life. Parvis, for example, argues that "Stage directions concerning the circumstances of utterances are not the ultimate truth of a text, a formal command to produce the text in such a manner, or even an indispensable shifter between text and performance. Their textual status is uncertain. Do they constitute an optional extratext? A metatext that determines the dramatic text? Or a pretext that suggests one solution before the director decides on another?" (89). Performers argue for complete creative license with staging, but seldom alter the dialogue. It is interesting that theatre professionals and students alike can read a script and dismiss half of the narrative (who reads a novel and ignores all of the dialogue?). Somewhere along the way, dialogue became more important than didascaliae in a dramatic text. Digressing from the playwright's written directions changes the essence of the play by altering components like emotion, characterization, physical setting, visual images or emphasis. If the playwright directs a character to stand in a moment of great emotional distress, and a director tells him to sit, they have created two different characters who react differently to the same stimuli. > Didascaliae presents itself as the only way a dramatist can have any control over the performance of a play without being directly involved in rehearsals. We say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and recognize that a stage picture and the physical relationship between characters can be just as important as the spoken words in a play. "Every producer of plays must know that the action and stage business of the play are often a more effective source of comedy and tragedy than is the dialogue, and that an objective representation is often less tedious than dialogue" (McCague 48). A playwright often composes more than just the spoken discourse, and has a distinct perception of how certain moments should look, sound, or feel on stage. That image is conveyed by the stage directions. Dialogue alone is incapable of succinctly creating the same visual images within a reasonable playing time. Didascaliae can further plot, show background or local color, tell a story without words through pantomime, provide comic relief, portray meaning and emotions not expressed in words, create suspense, or control attention through visual means. Effective use of explicit didascaliae can solidify the author's intention if he knows how to accurately record his ideas in a way that future readers will be able to convert into mental images or emotions. When the didascaliae becomes as evidently integral to the text as the dialogue, directors are less likely to take great liberties. Most plays are full of generic or nonspecific directions: "pause," "she sits, "he laughs," "they exit," "afternoon light," or "a lovely dress." These generalities require and rely on performers and directors to flesh them out; interpretation is necessary. "Ugly light" is not a direction that a lighting designer can easily reproduce; someone must decide exactly what color and intensity of light will be unpleasant to viewers. Few playwrights meticulously denote every possible detail required to stage the play; instead, they dictate only those aspects of staging that are essential to the play.
It helps keep things more organized with entrances and exits of characters. Also if you didn't have stage directions the play would be a mess because the actors wouldn't know …where to enter and exit and when to enter and exit. It can also help the director when he/she is blocking scenes. This will also help a stand in actor/actress if the original fell ill or couldn't make it to the actual performance.
Stage directions are usually on a script in brackets or italic next to the person who needs to perform them
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The stage direction Aside tells the actor to address the audience directly, ignoring any other actors who may be on the stage. The convention is that the characters whom the o…ther actors represent cannot hear what is said in an aside.
Stage directions are directions given to the actor(s) by the director. They involve the physical movement of the actors on stage. The actors are supposed to note the direction…s in their scripts. The Stage Manager is also supposed to write down all stage directions in their master book, known as the "Prompt Book". If there is any disagreement about where an actor is supposed to move, or how, the prompt book is the final word. If the director does not like the movement, or changes his mind, the prompt book is revised. Terms: Upstage: moving away from the audience, towards the back of the stage. Downstage: Moving towards the audience, towards the front of the stage. Stage Right: Moving towards the Right (facing the audience) Stage Left: Moving towards the Left (facing audience). Cross: Crossing the stage to a predetermined position. An example in a prompt book might look like: "X(cross) DSL to DSC (down stage center), X US (upstage), and out (exit) SR (stage right). The above is just a few major terms. There is a different notation used choreography is being notated.
The stage direction says that you give her the letter as you explain its contents.
So when your director gives you blocking you actually know where to go. This is a very important thing to know. Especially if you're an actor or stage manager.
The set defines the location physically and emotionally. It can give he audience the sense of when the play is taking place, both historically and the time of day.
it is important for influecing the audience and portraying the character in the play. Without stage directions the play would not be understandable, it makes more sense and un…derstanding with stage directions, body language is as important OS verbal and spoken language. A definite vital device :)
center left center right upstage right upstage left downsatge left downstage right centeral
(Loud, sharp knocks on the door.)