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Writing from the perspective of a director, about to brief the production team for"the glass menagerie", explain in detail your initial ideas for the interpretation of the playwright's stated intentions for the creation of "memory" play.

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WRITING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A DIRECTOR, ABOUT TO BRIEF THE PRODUCTION TEAM FOR "THE GLASS MENAGERIE", EXPLAIN IN DETAIL YOUR INITIAL IDEAS FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PLAYWRIGHT'S STATED INTENTIONS FOR THE CREATION OF "MEMORY" PLAY, BASED CLOSELY UPON THE MATERIAL PRINTED IN THIS PAPER. In my briefing of a production team for "The Glass Menagerie" I would try to explain how I want to emphasize the fact that is a memory play. This would be done through mostly technical devices. The set should clearly convey the fact that the audience are watching a memory. I want this achieved through a non-naturalistic set. The set should be distorted as a memory often is. I want this done most through proportion. I would want things like the dinning room table and other props to be of a larger than life size; this is to emphasize how small Laura feels in comparison to the world around her. ...read more.


Whilst in the dinning room, I want a crisp blue spotlight on Laura. This is to give emphasis to the coldness in her life and heart. When with Jim in the living room a crisp white should spotlight Laura. Firstly, this would show a change in mood; Laura is more hopeful as she gets on well with Jim. This is to show her pureness and naivety in contrast to Jim. "Blood Brothers" used lighting technique similarly to create mood and the feeling of memory. The white light also would make her seem like a piece of glass on exhibit under museum lights, "too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf". The rest of the set should be lit more moodily to give extra contrast to Laura and her surroundings. With the stark white setting and spotlight combined, this shows Jim to be out of place in Laura's life. ...read more.


As far as costumes are concerned I want all characters to be dressed naturalistically. This is to give contrast to the set to show that the characters and events are not distorted through memory. Laura should wear delicate feminine dresses to accentuate the feeling mentioned before and to show an "unearthly, fragile prettiness". The dress should be white to show her pureness of spirit. Amanda's costumes should be exaggerated to convey her 'over the top' personality. Jim should dress, as a normal man in the thirties would do. His costume should give nothing about his character away as this will relate to how he lets Laura down; she has no idea about his present lifestyle. In conclusion, the general ideas that I have expressed of fragility should be woven into all different aspects of the play and its set. This will intensify the feeling of impeding doom throughout the play, as nothing this fragile can remain unbroken forever, and create more empathy for Laura when she is eventually "broken". Theatre Studies Vicky Maberley UVI 30 January 2004 page 1 ...read more.

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