See one professional production at an established venue, preferably in Boston, and write a paper outlining your responses to the production. Your ability to communicate in clear, concise writing is as important as your attentive, considered perceptions of each production. The content of each response paper is purposely left somewhat open, but you should describes and analyze the performative aspects of the production, as well as the design and script, and how they affected your understanding of the script.

I suggest you take notes (discretely) during the production, perhaps right on the program. It is useful to do a "brain dump" into your computer right when you get home so you can preserve fresh memories and reactions to the production to use later when you write the paper.

Use the following guidelines to help you shape your own compelling ideas about the productions.


-     Two to three pages, double spaced, one inch margins, twelve point font, appropriate cover page, page

        numbers, appropriate research and/ or citations as needed.

-     Save ticket and/ or program and attach to paper.

-     Due dates are specified in the syllabus.

-     Use appropriate terminology to describe the event.

Some things to consider:

1.     Were the artists all "working on the same show" or did one or of the more elements seem out of place?

2.     Did one aspect of the production stand out from the others? Do you think this supported the production?

3.     If the play was presented in translation or adaptation, was the translation/ adaptation effective?

4.     Did the directorial approach/ production style employed support or detract from the playwright's intentions?

5.     Did the design and technology of the production contribute or detract from a satisfying experience?

6.     How was the experience of this live theatre event different from what a movie or television even might have


7.     How did the realized production differ from your perception of the written text?

8.     Have you read or seen other works by this playwright? How was this play or production different or similar?

9.     How did the audience seem to react to this production?

This is not a critique of individual performances, though you may reference them in relationship to your overall response to the play.

THETR 266:

Production Response