Benefits of Understanding Action and Stage Directions
Action and Stage Directions
Some dramas have little or no dialogue, so action is the most important part of the drama. In this case, it’s important that you, as the reader of this drama, carefully study the action to best understand it. Since you’re reading the drama, you do not have the privilege of seeing the play acted out for you. It’s important that you use your imagination. The first thing you need to do is visualize the action.
In addition to visualizing the action, it’s important that you study the stage directions. The stage directions will help you better visualize all the action that is going on. That’s what you need to do when there’s lots of action in a play. One thing I talked about was studying stage directions. I want to talk about that a little bit further.
There are three main things that stage directions can help you with. One is that they give you additional information. Many times an author will have side notes, or sometimes, if it’s an older drama, then the current publisher of the drama will put some things in the footnotes that further describe the drama to you.
There may be some extra notes in there that you wouldn’t see if you saw the drama performed. You get additional information. The stage directions also give you an idea of the nature of the physical space the drama is taking place in, which helps you visualize it if you’re trying to visualize the action.
Finally, it gives you an idea of the historical context. Stage actions will often go into detail about historical context, so the director of the drama can get an idea of how to set up the stage. By reading the stage directions, you can find out a lot about the historical context of the drama.
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Last updated: 06/27/2018