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Chapter 6: The Director
Theater brief 9th edition Robert Cohen
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Harley Granville-Baker, in his essay "The Art of the Theatre" (1905), compares the director of a play to a captain of a ship in the following lines: "Until discipline is understood in a theater to be willing and reliant obedience to the manager [director] or captain, no supreme achievement can be accomplished."
Which of the following is true of the history of the director's role?
There has always been a director but not always an individual specifically charged with that role.
Which statement best describes the end of the director's involvement with the play?
The director may still change aspects of the play during previews or the run, but primarily has given over responsibility to the audience.
Which of the following is NOT one of the goals of staging?
to renew interest in the classics
The ancient Greek word for director is
didaskalos, meaning "teacher."
Which of the following INCORRECTLY pairs a director with his or her previous profession?
Mike Nichols: lighting designer
Small-scale movement on the stage, which an actor performs within the larger pattern of entrances and exits, is called
What does a director NOT seek in a designer-director collaboration?
The timing and placement of a character's entrances, exits, crosses, embraces, and other major movements is called
A director should possess all of the following EXCEPT
a capable voice and an athletic physique, both which comprise the actor's instrument.
What is meant by the "concept" of a play?
the director's central idea which focuses his or her interpretation
A great directorial concept has the qualities of being generalized, well-established by tradition, intellectually relaxing, designer-oriented, and readily apparent.
As a response against Stanislavsky's realism, the director Vsevolod Meyerhold evolved a theatre of "biomechanical constructivism" in Moscow.
Which type of rehearsal occurs near the end of the rehearsal process, as the play comes closer to production time but before the actors apply makeup?
Which of the following is true of stylizing directors?
They are unrestrained by rigid formulas with respect to verisimilitude or realistic behavior.
The role of teacher-director reached its historical pinnacle of influence, albeit anonymously, during the Renaissance and early Restoration periods.
The "core concept" is
the director's determination of the most important of the many images, ideas, and emotions that will give the production meaning.
The director's work with the designers is generally suggestive and corrective, rather than overtly controlling.
What is the director's primary responsibility?
to envision the main lines of the production and provide the artistic leadership to realize that vision
André Antoine is primarily known as a ______ director.
Which person is responsible for the financial support of the production and, working closely with the director, also contributes to many "directorial" decisions in the production process?
A tagline is a single statement that can serve as an informal subtitle to the play, stating the core concept of the director.
George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, is generally regarded as the first modern director.
Which of the following directors founded the Théâtre d'Art in Paris in 1890 as a direct assault upon the realist principles espoused by André Antoine?
What determines the pace of a play?
the quality and quantity of information conveyed to the audience
A producer may be an individual, such as an artistic director, or a partnership of individuals, such as a committee.
How did the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries' emphasis on rationalism influence the director's role?
The demand for historical accuracy required the director to conduct comprehensive research, organization, and coordination.
Which of the following tasks belong to the director?
conceptualizing the play and giving it vision and purpose
The interest of the director and intended audience, along with the capability of the director and producer to conceptualize and produce the play, are all criteria for play selection.
Which of the following is NOT included in the conceptualization of a play?
the social history of the playwright
The rhythm of a production, sometimes confused with the speed of the actor's delivery, is called
The initial shows where a director can evaluate the production in terms of audience response and institute new changes are known as
The directing process encompasses the two phases of preparation and implementation.
Which of the following was one of several directors who not only fostered the development of realist and naturalist dramas but who also opened up the theatre to possibilities of psychological interpretation?
The director spends mosts of her time doing which of the following tasks?
coaching the actors
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