Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations

Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations

Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations

Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations

Synopsis

Giving equal space to the sanctity of script and the artistic freedom of directors, this book addresses the difficulties encountered by playwrights and directors as they bring a script to the stage. Inspired directors can help a writer of genius turn his play into exciting theatre, but playwrights find that giving directors leeway to interpret and modify "text" can result in directors' overriding authorial intentions. This book presents the best that has been written by literary theorists on the current definitions of "text" and attempts to depart from quick rule-of-thumb assessments of the problem.
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