12th Grade Staging a Play: Homeschool Assignment

Instructor: Megan Sarkisian
Students completing this assignment find two different adaptations of a dramatic work with which they are familiar and watch the opening scenes to observe the directors' staging choices. These choices are further explored in a short essay that compares and contrasts the choices made in the two adaptations, highlighting the ways in which staging creates different effects and discussing what might have been done differently.

Assignment Instructions for Students

Choose a dramatic work you have studied. Find two examples of different adaptations of that play (it could be an adaptation for the stage, television or film). Watch the opening scene (the first 5-10 minutes) and consider the director's choices in terms of characters, setting and other aspects of staging. Write a short essay (600-800 words) comparing and contrasting these choices - why do you think each director chose to tell the story in this way, and how do they contribute to creating different effects for their respective audiences? Was one more or less effective than the other? Why? What would you have done differently? Be sure to explain your choices clearly, with careful regard for important characteristics of drama.

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