Choosing how to stage a play is a very personal process. It has to filter through the director's vision of the play, which is impacted by the director's personal history and values. When I direct a play, I always start with a deep consideration of the theme. That is what guides me as I start to see pictures in my head as I read and re-read the play.
The first big decision when doing a play that is from another time and place is to decide whether or not to set it in that other time and place. Questions to consider here:
- Will I be able to communicate the theme clearly to an audience with it set in a remote time and place? For example, will a contemporary audience be able to relate to late 19th century Norway?
- Will I obscure the play too much by placing it in another time and place?...
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