Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Scenario Exercise & eLearning Module 2: The History of Theatre

This morning, take the first half of the period to gather with a partner and create a scenario for a scene that you may find yourself writing later in this marking period. Bounce ideas off your partner and help each other come up with an interesting plot. You may wish to review George Polti's 36 Dramatic Situations first to give you some ideas for a central conflict to use.

When you have completed the following scenario questions, please turn in your scenario with your name and working title. Your scene should include all the important plot events discussed in your reading:
  • Identify your premise (in one sentence, answer: what is this play going to be about?)
  • Identify your protagonist (who is the central character(s) of your play?)
  • Identify your antagonist (who or what opposes your protagonist?)
  • Identify the inciting incident (what happens that introduces your protagonist into the plot?)
  • Identify the major decision (why does your protagonist decide to get involved in your plot? What is at stake for your protagonist? how does this decision or choice to act create a conflict, complication, or crisis to the plot?)
  • Create 3 events that complicate, cause a further conflict, or introduce a crisis to the plot. (For each event, consider how you might use "The TIME LOCK" or "The TRAP" or "SARCEY'S PRINCIPLE OF OFF-STAGE ACTION")
  • Identify the dark moment for your protagonist. (What happens that seems to defeat your protagonist utterly?)
  • Identify the moment of enlightenment for your protagonist. (How will the protagonist solve his/her problem?)
  • Identify the climax to your play.
  • Identify the fate of your protagonist. (What is the result of your play's climax?)
Again, once you have completed this scenario, please print out and/or hand in your work.

About eLearning: 
You must complete the assessment for module 1 before you are ready (or allowed) to move on to MODULE 2: The History of Theatre.

Use the second half of today's class to either move ahead and begin module 2 on eLearning, or complete your assessment for lesson 01.08.

HOMEWORK: Complete your reading and analysis of Prometheus Bound.

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