See one professional production at an established venue, preferably in Boston, and write a production response paper outlining your responses to the production. You may also see the spring mainstage production produced by the Suffolk University Theatre Department.

Your ability to communicate in clear, concise writing is as important as your attentive, considered perceptions of each production. The content of the 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 play.

I suggest you take notes (discretely) during the production, perhaps right on the program. It is also 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.

I suggest you get this done as soon as you can so it does not interfere with your final project.


-Two to three pages, double spaced, one-inch margins, twelve-point font, MLA header top left of first      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.

Please answer:

-What do you think the production was trying to communicate or accomplish?

-Do you think it was accomplished?

-Was it worth it?

Some other things to think about (you don't have to answer all of these, they are suggestions):

-What did you think of the play/ experience? Was it what you expected?

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

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

-How were the methods of organizing the dramatic action in chapter 3 of your Brockett text—plot,      character, thought, etc.— brought to bear in this production?

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

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

-How was the experience of this live theatre event different from what a movie or television even      might have been?

-How did the audience seem to react to this production?

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

THETR 266:

Production Response