David Ives: Introduction to Drama
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One of the most important differences between fiction and drama [or drama and poetry] is the use of staging, blocking, and performance by the actors. Reading a drama on the page is one thing; watching it performed is an entirely different experience. To illustrate some of these ideas, please watch the following:
“Sure Thing” by David Ives.
*I know the quality is a little fuzzy, but the physicality of this version adds humor that other interpretations lack. Consider how the staging and blocking help you to understand the characters and plot.
"Sure Thing" by David Ives
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Then, watch the second interpretation of the same play:
Sure Thing | A Short Film by Deborah Reinisch with Luke Kirby
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As you watch, consider the differences between the two interpretations. What stays the same? What ends up different? What do these changes mean for the characters and the tone of the play? How does it change the experience of the viewer?
Finally, please watch the clip from “Pride and Prejudice”  and consider how staging and blocking change the tension of the scene:
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Once you have considered all three of the dramatic scenes, please post responses to the questions below:
Please answer all questions below. Make sure you have substantial responses of at least a paragraph for each question.
Consider the two interpretations of the David Ives play “Sure Thing.” What similarities did you see between the two versions and why do you think these specific points remained the same?
Consider the two interpretations of the David Ives play “Sure Thing.” What are at least two  differences you saw in the how the play was performed? Why do you think the director/actors chose to include those differences? In other words, how did these differences in performance change the experience of the viewers?
Consider the scene from “Pride & Prejudice .” This is famously the scene where we see Darcy and Elizabeth [the two protagonists] interact one-on-one for the first time. Prior to this moment, other characters have been involved in their conversations. Consider the unique way in which this scene is staged, as well as the similarity to the previous play, “Sure Thing.” In what way does the staging and blocking of the characters [and the lack of characters outside the two protagonists] add to the scene? What are we able to understand that we might not had the focus of the scene been broader?
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