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How do you approach a play as a Director? In any case, if you are a director, the number one thing to do is to figure out ...
exactly what the play is about. Look at the content and decide what the theme is. Style must always come from theme, not vice versa.
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How to Direct a Play
On behalf of tvlesson.com, my name is Joseph Adler and I'm producing artistic director of Gablestage in Coral Gables, Florida.
Let's talk a little bit about the approach to the play.
Now in theater, I think the playwright is supreme. Now we always hear a talk about how important the director is in film and certainly that’s true. I'm not saying a director isn't really important when it comes to theater, but in theater, a playwright is protected in so many ways that most film writers do not have the protection at least until they become well-known names and can ask for that protection contractually.
Every playwright has the right to approve with any changes that are made and many of them are very willing to make those changes and many others are intransigent when you start to discuss them.
So, in any case when it comes to approaching the work, the most fundamental thing is to try to find out what this play is really about. And when you figured that out from that material comes the approach. I think form definitely has to grow out of content. Style has to evolve from the content of the play. If you impose your own style on something and it isn't really right, you're definitely going to have problems.
I think so often we put a mirror in front of ourselves. And instead of seeing what it is we’re doing, we’re really looking at ourselves and trying to impose whatever it is we would like to be doing with this material. On material, that it is not necessarily suited for.
So the play comes first. I think that’s true of course for the actors. Everything they need to know is somewhere in that play one hopes. The quest for that and for the meaning and interpretation of that meaning is what this craft is all about.
But first comes the word and the word is supreme. It’s one of the many things I love about theater. That’s pretty much how I feel about what come first.
On behalf of tvlesson.com, I'm Joseph Adler, thank you for watching.