Production of The Balcony by Jean Genet

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sarah Wallace Buxton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Herman Middleton

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis us three-fold: 1. to research The Balcony by Jean Genet in order to organize a scholarly approach for directing a production of the play; 2. to record direction of the play; 3. to evaluate the research and direction and its effect on production. The thesis is a compilation of the director's research, analysis and experience with the production. Part One is the director's analysis of the script including: 1. historical considerations; 2. stylistic analysis; 3. character analysis and descriptions; 4. setting analysis; 5. justification of scriptual choice; and 6. directorial interpretation of the play for production. Part Two is the prompt book for the director's production of The Balcony which took place on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2 and 3, 1972 in the theatre of W. Raymond Taylor Drama and Speech Building at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The prompt book is the production script which includes notation on: 1. blocking; 2. composition; 3. details of characterization; 4. stage business; 5. pace, rhythm and tempo; and 6. technical cues. Interspersed within the prompt book are photographs and figures. Part Three is the director's evaluation of the production. This evaluation is compiled of: 1. a comparison of the director's original scriptual analysis and how it became manifest in production; 2. a discussion of the actor-director relationship throughout the production period; 3. an examination of the audience reaction to the production; and 4. the director's personal observations.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1977
Genet, Jean, $d 1910-1986. $t Balcon. $l Spanish
Theater $x Production and direction

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