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Photographic Print from New York production of Macbeth, 1936

[Detail] Photographic Print from New York production of Macbeth, 1936

Create a Production

The production notebooks of Dr. Faustus, Macbeth, and Power provide detailed information regarding all aspects of a theatre production. The set and costume designs, blueprints, photographs, director’s notes, and playscripts can serve as the basis for creating a production. Begin by analyzing these items:

  • What types of themes are emphasized in the director’s notes?
  • Why might a director alter a scene?
  • What is the relationship between a director and the production’s set, lighting, and costume designers?
  • What is the relationship between a director and the production’s actors?
  • Do costumes change as they move from early sketches to photographs of a finished production?
  • How do limitations on production costs influence the final version?

Your production can be anything from enacting a single scene to developing an entire play complete with a production notebook, advertisements, and newspaper reviews. These projects, however, should be designed for private use in light of copyright issues.

  • What type of considerations should be addressed in your production?
  • Who is your audience?
  • What themes are you trying to convey? How will you convey them?
  • What are your time and cost constraints?
  • How many actors, designers, and directors are being used?
  • Will actors memorize their lines or read from a script?
  • What types of costumes and stage sets are available?

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