GSU’s co-production of XANADU.

Step One: Choose what you are going to watch.
Please note that you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to see a live in-person theatre production for this assignment.
The preferred show for this course is GSU’s co-production of XANADU. If this is not a reasonable option for you because of location or schedule, I’m happy to help you find a show near you that occurs at an accessible time. Again, seeing a live, in-person, theatre production is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
As a last resort, if you are truly limited due to health concerns or transportation, you may view a recorded production. This may not be a movie remake of a stage play, an amateur production or a one-act. For example, IN THE HEIGHTS, would not qualify because it is a movie remake of a stage production, like the movie adaptation of FENCES we watched for Play Assignment #1. However, HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL (on Disney+) would qualify because it is a filmed stage production. Here is a link for the Hamilton trailer.
There are numerous streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, IMDBtv, Disney+, Broadway on Demand, Digital Theatre, Broadway HD, On The Boards TV, etc. that offer full theatrical productions and there are many theatre companies currently streaming their performances. Companies to look up include: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – London, American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, The Old Globe – San Diego, Berkeley Repertory Theatre – Berkeley, Oregon Shakespeare Festival -Ashland, Alliance Theatre – Atlanta. Also, has links to several New York-based companies that are also streaming productions. Some of these companies offer student discounts for their streaming fee.
If you have any questions about whether or not a specific production meets the requirements, send me an email and I’ll be happy to clarify. Don’t just guess, or you could end up getting a zero on the assignment.
Step Two: Watch the production and take notes.
Before you watch the production look over the guidelines for the written review and start thinking about elements on which you want to focus. This will help you know what notes to take.
If you are seeing a live in-person production, Do NOT take notes during the performance, that would be rude. However, I recommend that you jot down some notes during intermission and immediately following the production. Also, please be sure you are an excellent audience member. This means the following:
•    Arrive to the theatre early on the day you’re scheduled to see the performance. It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the show is set to begin.
•    Remember that this is a live performance, so how you behave will impact the actors.
•    Please pay attention to the production, do not talk during the performance, or unwrap candy, or get up to go to the lobby.
•    Do respond appropriately throughout the show. Actors will appreciate your laughter and applause.
•    Turn your cell phone completely off. It is very disturbing to both fellow audience members and performers onstage to see your glowing screen or hear your ring tone during a performance.
If you are watching something via streaming, set aside the needed time to watch the full production in one sitting. This review will be much easier to write if you watch the whole show at once and take some notes as you watch. Before you watch your show, look over the guidelines for the written review and start thinking about elements on which you want to focus. This will help you know what notes to take.
Step Three: Write your review.
In a well written, multi-paragraph essay format, each student will review a full professional production. Your review should be between 500-800 words.
Review Requirements:
•    Introduce the name of the play, author, place of performance, date of performance, director and (if streaming) a link to where you watched it. In a few sentences talk about the basic theme of the play and discuss the general plot.
•    Select ANY 3 of the following topics to include in your review:
o    Acting: Is the acting convincing? Who was your favorite actor? Why? What specific things did the actors do that made their performance effective/ineffective? Could anything be improved upon? (Avoid sentences like, “The main character’s acting was bad.” Instead try, “The main character was not very convincing because he spoke monotonously and his lines weren’t memorized”)
o    Costumes/Make-up: Describe them. What was interesting? How did they help you understand the characters? Where they appropriate for the period of the play?
o    Set Design: What did the set look like? What kind of space was it? (Proscenium, black box, etc.) Describe the space. Did the set help the play or distract? e. Were there many set changes? What did you like/dislike about the set?
o    Lighting Design: What did you notice about the lighting? Did the lights help the mood? In what way? Were the lights distracting or helpful? In what way?
o    Sound Design: What did you notice about the sound? What did the sound design tell you about the play? Were there sound effects or music? Did the sound help or distract from the performance?
o    Directing: What was your opinion of the overall experience? Did all the elements work together? Do you feel as though the entire production worked together to convey the playwright’s message? Did the production accomplish what it set out to do? Entertain, inform, inspire?
• The paper ends with a summary or concluding paragraph. What was your opinion of the production? What did you think it was about? Would you recommend this production? Why or why not?
1. Back up all your opinions with valid reasons.
2. Be objective, fair and constructive. Indicate good points along with those you felt needed improvement.
3. Be sincere. Believe what you say.
4. Use MLA Format for your heading and margins. Please double space and use a 12 point font.
5. Go back and review information you’ve learned this semester about the specifics of acting, design and directing.
1. Don’t be overly critical. Approach a performance with an attitude of enjoying it.
2. Don’t be arrogant. Be humble, kind, and remember the challenges of doing live theatre.
3. Don’t write a paper that is just answering the questions, they are provided to help you think about the specific topic.
4. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions.

Research 10 of the characters found in the play Romeo and Juliet and cast the pl

Research 10 of the characters found in the play Romeo and Juliet and cast the play as you see fit.
Include images of your cast members with their character’s name, their real name, and several reasons why you choose that actor for the part. You must do all 10 characters to complete this project. Also what time period would you set this version of Romeo and Juliet in? That might effect those that you cast.**
For example:
Clint Eastwood as Romeo,  I cast him in this part because…(several reasons why I thought he would good for the part including possible moments that he would be able to do.)
Time period: 1952. New York/New Jersey 
This can be submitted with whatever formatting or program you want to use that best fits your casting. PowerPoint, Word, etc.
** There is a potential of extra credit for this assignment.
The point values listed are the highest number of points available to you. Simply completing the assignment will earn you SOME of the points. Completing the assignment at an excellent level will earn you ALL of them.

Paper requirements: Students are required to attend at least one live performanc

Paper requirements:
Students are required to attend at least one live performances during the term but will write a total of 2 critiques. After attending( or watching ) a performance, the student must write a 1½-3 page response paper discussing their personal reactions, relevant connections to the assigned reading from the text, and the general ‘take away’ from the piece. Discuss your thoughts on the play presented, being sure to take into account at least 3 specific theatrical elements such as acting, direction, costumes, scenery, lighting, music/sound, etc.  Did you like it? If you did, what did you enjoy? If you didn’t, why?  Tell me what you thought not what you think I want to hear. You must include the date, location, and time of the performance. Do not summarize the plot.
Font: Times New Roman, size: 12.  Max spacing: double.

our discussions and your analytical reading of All My Sons and Ma Rainey’s Black

our discussions and your analytical reading of All My Sons and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom discuss the concepts of the American Dream as it applies to these two plays.  How is it similar and how is it different?  Be specific, using details and quotes from both plays to support your argument

**Remember the general rule: do not assume you are the only one who has a questi

**Remember the general rule: do not assume you are the only one who has a question about
something. Also, do not assume that we all know what you are talking about. Be clear in your
questions, statements and analysis of the play.**
Think of your time as a discussion leader as a chance to help us all discuss and deepen our
understanding of the play.
First: What did you learn about the playwright and the play?
• As the discussion leader you should have allowed your curiosity to lead you down a
rabbit hole. Tell us a bit about who the playwright is and the significance of this play.
• When you had a question or didn’t understand something, did you look it up? If so, what
did you learn?
Two: What themes did you notice?
• Think about a theme or idea that you noticed and view as important to our understanding
of the play.
• Provide a quote or moment in the play that supports your belief that this theme is present
in the play.
Three: What questions do you have about the play?
• Create two or three questions that can help us explore the play deeper.
o Don’t ask questions that are easy to answer (i.e. Is Sophie Treadwell a
playwright? Yes, we know she is.).
• Think about open questions that start with “how” or “why.”
o Come with your own answers or ideas for at least two of the questions. Even if
you don’t have a concrete answer, it is great to have a thought about why you are
asking this question.
What you should hand in: Questions and Sources
• Turn in a document with your questions and parsed out answers. Tell me why you
wanted to ask this question.
• Write out what interesting things you learned about the playwright and the play. Cite
your sources.
• Write out the themes you noticed and provide textual evidence for where you found proof
that theme was present in the play. Include in-text citations.
• Then, tell me if you think this play is worth studying. Tell me why or why not.
• Use MLA formatting and cite any and all sources you’ve used to help you.
• You should have a minimum two (2) sources, your play may not count towards that
Header, 12pt font, double spaced, Times New Roman. Make sure to proof your paper. This
should be no more than 2-3 pages