Shakespeare said, "The play's the thing." Without the play we have no production. You cannot study theater without experiencing what it's like to work within a production or see one onstage. You've got to get yourself into reading and seeing plays.
EACH QUARTER: You'll experience a play in one of four ways:
The purpose of this assignment is to get you out into the world of plays. Challenge yourself to look into a variety of plays from different countries, about myriad topics, and in a number of different forms. The IBTA course will ask you to demonstrate that you understand a wide variety of things about creating a production. The more productions you can read, see, and study, the more experiences you'll have to help you. This experience will be a tremendous resource for your Theatre Performance and Production Presentation and invaluable for the Practical Performance Proposal.
- See local live theater (Join us for a school trip or get there on your own!)
- NYC - Check out playbill.com for listings, NY Times Theater, or Time Out NY for listings, reviews, and suggestions
- Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, NY - www.elmwoodplayhouse.com
- Pengin Rep, Stony Point NY, - www.penguinrep.com
- Antrim Playhouse, Suffern, NY www.antrimplayhouse.com
- See a play at school. We have major productions in November, March, and May: Cue & Curtain Site
- Select a play to read from the classroom collection, the library, or an online script (some classics are public domain).
- Find a play recording online or through rental (it must be a recording of the stage production not a movie version).
Use the Play Analysis handout to guide your review, reflection, and connection.