ERIC Number: ED210741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Judging Dramatic Interpretation: Textual Considerations.
Manchester, Bruce B.
The recent growth in popularity among college students of dramatic interpretation in forensic competition justifies an examination of textual considerations and resultant criteria important to the evaluation of dramatic literature. The first considerations of the student contemplating the dramatic interpretation event are the selection of material that is suitable for solo communication and adaptable to the time constraints of the event, and the selection of remarks to be made prior to the actual reading to establish the scene and characters. For delivery, the interpreter must examine the literary conflict and the climax of the work, as the pacing of a scene is critical to the audience's and the critic/judge's comprehension of the plot. The interpreter must also completely understand the characters' motivations and emotional responses through critical analysis; the critic/judge will react to both the extent to which the interpreter reveals the inner realization of each character and the interpreter's character interaction and dialogue. To be responsible evaluators of dramatic interpretation, critic/judges should have a clear understanding of how content and delivery are closely tied in this literary form, and should be informed concerning its purpose and structure. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).