Text-Performance Papers

How to proceed:

As you write, consider these aspects of the essay:

Pattern 1:

¶: issue #1 in text

¶issue #1 in production

¶: issue #2 in text

¶issue #2 in production

¶: issue #3 in text

¶issue #3 in production

However, if this pattern makes you feel like you are in a tennis match, try this:

Pattern 2:

¶, ¶, ¶: all issues in the text that you want to discuss

¶, ¶, ¶: comparable treatment of those issues in the production

 

Writing about plays:

There are some conventions that pertain to writing about plays. Here are some:

right: When Richard interrupts the funeral procession, Anne spits out insults: "Foul devil, for God's sake hence, and trouble us not"; "In thou foul throat thou li'st!"; and "Out of my sight, thou dost infect mine eyes!" (1.2.50, 93, 148).

wrong: In act one, scene two, lines 50, 93, and 148, Anne spits out insults when Richard interrupts the funeral procession: "Foul devil, for God's sake hence, and trouble us not"; "In thou foul throat thou li'st!"; and "Out of my sight, thou dost infect mine eyes!"

 

Remember: the purpose of these papers is to address the ways in which the text and the performance work together and/or work against each other in the treatment of an issue (or character, language, etc.) in the play. These papers are not so much comparisons of the text and performance as considerations of the ways the text and production contribute to certain shared aspects of characterization, genre, and/or cultural issues.

These papers should run 5-7 pp. or 1250 - 1750 words. I prefer typed (word-processed) but will take hand-written if the paper is double-spaced. I expect proof-reading; use spell-check for modern English.

The biggest mistake students make on this assignment is to give me a "review" of the video production. Don't do this! Work hard to focus equally on the play and video.