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?