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ERIC Number: ED260478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 13
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Revival/Innovation: The Director's Dilemma.
Borchardt, Donald A.
One problem confronting theater directors is how to revive a play in such a way as to give it new relevance to a contemporary audience, and there many unhappy examples of this dilemma. Each director is concerned with exploring the text, and in some cases, manipulating the content, in order to bring out new meanings. Whether controversial or traditional, the first step for a director is to establish a goal, to have a point of view. Presenting a point of view, however, does not automatically mean distortion of the content or the inherent meaning of a playscript. Gathering information and making judgments is part of the process of understanding tradition and seeking relevance. Newly discovered values in the seldom produced classics can sometimes lead to exciting revivals. One must realize, however, that even in the carefully prepared process of reviving a play with contemporary relevance, the directing process is fraught with risks. One risk is that the audience or the critics may evaluate the results differently from the director. Problems can be minimized if the director studies the chosen play within its total cultural context, relates values of the past to those of the present, and develops a point of view with meaningful perspective. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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